John Muir


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110 wh [which] had been isolated of lava [whose face] by [gl] [action] [Its face] It presents a sheer face to the plain of 170 ft They stood on that rock looking about them awhile [some] [many] [cropping] a [bit] [ ] then went clear down in front saw [them] over the front. They hugged the rock & got most down before they lost control then sailed off & landed all right. Thats the kind of animal they is After seeing their feet this is all plain. The 2 [precipices] were roughened & full of pits into wh [which] their cushioned rubber would fit & hold thus bearing back their weight until near the bottom when they jumped free &

111 alighted on their feet, but with their bodies so nearly vertical that at first they would appear as if actually diving free in the air.

Wild Wool I was delighted on examination to find that wild wool is finer than tame. Not only is it finer but [the] staple is long. The covering of the wild sheep is chiefly a thick matress of spongy hair like that of the deer but when parted & looked into with a lense, wool is seen to be growing all through the hairs rendering it warm. [(The wool) & so long it comes out to the tips of the hairs] making one of the most [admirable]

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