J. E. Calkins


Wolfe, Linnie Marsh


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17 very distinct call to me from a different direction. The Muir house ■ was under-peopled, with only two poor lonesome bodies in it; Helen was over- young to be so care-laden by it, and wherever I might go t my housing would cost me money, so he said "come and content you here rent-free. Mrs. Calkins shall run the house and make it a home again, while you and I can work on some of those grand new books you tell me the people are waiting for so eagerly; and now and then, when we are work-weary, and need a breath of good mountain air to revive us, we can slip away and go up a canon. The Chinese boy here will take care of all the hard and menial v/ork, so I can assure you the house-mother here shall not be burdened. We need a home-maker, not a maid of all work." We have never felt the shadow of a doubt that the idea would have worked ideally for us all if we had been permitted to put it into operation, and we would have put it into operation if the cards had not been stacked against us. The Muir home life that we saw was almost elementally simple, and we saw enough of it to be sure that we had seen it all. The meals were wholly unostentatious, except that John Muir sat above the salt, and the ordinary table talk was , of itself, an event. There is no clear recollection of what we had to eat, so it must have been usual, and sufficient, and satisfying,, j except on one occasioni an evening meal that undoubtedly Mr. Muir



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