Wolfe, Linnie Marsh


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-18- my love for you all has only grown greater from year to year. In all our devious ways and wanderings we have always loved one another. No one reflection gives mek,HQ8f' comfort as the completeness and unity of our family. We stand united like a family clump of trees*tv John Muir never wanted nor cared for fame, yet fame sought him out and made a path to his door. When urged to write his auto« biography he said that his life had been, too simple and uneventful toomake it worth while, and that nobody would care to read it. He had many friends of note and high position all over the world, but he himself was a very simple and unpretentious man, and z*abk and position meant little to him. He never seemed to grow old, for even when he Y/as pact seventy he was still climbing the mountains. There was still so much to be learned, and. so little time in which to do it. He must have been all of seventy-three or four when he made a long trip to South America to explore the Amazon Hlver, and study the forests of Brazil. From Brazil he crossed to Peru, and from there he sailed for Africa. There were some trees there, far in the interior, that he v/anted to »88o After great hardships he finally came safely home again, very weary and travel-worn. It was his last long .journeys It was a year or two afterward that I happened to see in Denvera beautiful hand-colored photograph of our beloved "Wisconsin wind-flowers, heavenly blue9 with hearts of gold. They looked so fresh and life-like that I almost oau ght a whiff of their wild woodsy fragrance. ^3t\


Portland, Oregon

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