J. E. Calkins


Wolfe, Linnie Marsh


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was a granf, spacious, quiet place, ideal for the business of framing matchless phrases for the gratifying of mountain appetite in poor town- bound folk. It was roomy enough to house the gatherings and outgivings of a long and busy lifetime. Here, I opined, had been written those papers that had so captivated me, and I looked about me with something of awe and a full measure of reverence. I remember a few chairs, and a good sized fist top desk that stood against the west wall, between two windows. I think there must have been more pieces than these, but the thing that followed close upon ray entrance was so impressive that all details but these were blotted out. A devoted mountain student in long years of ^ exploring peaks and camons must inevitably come upon many interesting and curious things, worth retrieving for places in cabinfets or museums, and I had supposed that John Muir would be the very properest of all persons to make great spoil of such finds, but here I was to learn that he was a student, not a collector. A few nnot so wonderful concretions lay along the wall on the floor, along with other odd-shaped rocks, but I saw nothing remarkable in Oipt any of them, and Mr. Muir did mm notice them or mention them* I may have supposed that morning that he had lugged those specimens, with great labor, long miles from their sierra fastnesses, but now I think that these oddities were purely local; merely interesting bits Picked *P in the neighborhood, or 09/ /



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