John Muir


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In tropical regions it is easy to build towns, but it is difficult to subdue their armed and united plant inhabitants, clear fields, and make them “blossom” with “bread stuff.” The plant people of temperate regions, feeble, unarmed, unconfederate, disappear by sad death from the thousand dirts and noises and trampling feet of flocks and herds and people, leaving their homes to the few enslavable over-fed grasses which follow the will of men and furnish food to a few corresponding, equally [en]slavable, misbegotten animals. But the armed and united plants, vigorous offspring of tropic light, hold plantfully their rightful kingdom and never since the first appearance of the great biped lord have they ever as yet suffered defeat. The natural unchanged

Date Original

July 1867


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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