Wolfe, Linnie Marsh


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-14- known. He was the first white man to explore and study it. He built for himself a small cabin in order that he might live there the year round, studying the trees, the flowers, the rooks, and the glaciers. It was made of sugar vine shingles or shakes, and he dug a little trench and coaxed a small stream into It, which ran through the room from one end to the other. Little ferns grew up around it, and saaH woodsy vines which he trained around the window where his home-made desk stood. His bed was a bunk lined with fragrant evergreen branches. There he read, and wrote, and studied,and sketched; and from there he ;.-ade trips to the streams, the waterfalls, the forests, and the glaciers of the Sigh Sierras; braving storms, climbing rocks, sometimes going without food, often bitterly cold; taking notes and making sketches when his finders were so benumbed by the frost that he could scarcely hold his pencil. Stormy days and nights such as kept other people indoors, always lured John kuir out into the woods, or up the mountains, to learn how the storm and the trees were behaving, and ?,see God making the world." The mountains drew him with a call.that was always la his ears. They would not let him alone. In. all his journeys la the most difficult pathless mount a las he was never lost, and never lonely, and never afraid. He was hopelessly and forever a mounts! neor. In a letter to a friend he said, "You s^eak of dying end going to the woods. 1 am dead, and gone to heaven!" In another letter he a&id, "Some of my grandfathers must have been born on a moorland, for the heather is in mel" a?J#/


Portland, Oregon

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