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-§4 3HHpsJNw» StealiHy* like Mrs* Shelley's, but a thing to be of use; and he very nearly succeeded. Had John 'Muir lived in the Middle Ages, he might have paid dearly for his ingenuity. In connection with one of his wooden clocks, he contrived a bed that at ft certain hour would place its occupant upon his feet, a lamp that would light itself, and a desk that at proper intervals would present a chemistry for study, a volume of mathematics, a Latin work, or whatever else formed the day's routine, allowing time for neals and recreation. After working his -way through college, young Muir set out on long botanical and geological rambles in Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan., Canada, and around the Srest hakes, roving free as a bird over prairies and bogs, and through wild, aa^eatio forests, supporting himself by any fans work or mill work that oaaie in.his way. A year or two in Indianapolis, where he worked in factory or foundry, offered opportunity for acquaintance with the trees and flowers of this vicinity. This was the very tine that Pr. Schliemann found a transient hoiae in our city, V.'ldely different were the two men and their destinies; on© learned in the language of men, severely trained in ancient and modern literature; the other unsurpassed in knowledge of the various language and form and dress of Kature; one with pride and circumstance, unearthing cities and investigating enchanting ruins of the childhood of the world, the other wandering alone and unknown in primeval forests, discovering with unutterable Joy same frail flower or curious fern or mighty river of ice. It was in a workshop in our town that in on& unhappy dusk the skilled hand of John Muir clipped and that his keen, clear eye was pierced b. a sharp instrument, which, in the same moment, pierced his heart, for all the glory of the world he isight never see again flashed swifter than lightning before his. For weeks the stranger suffered in a dark room, where he was visited by Miss Cathatino Merrill, Introduced to him by Professor Jaines D, Butler, who wrote, "Walk into the fields with this young raan and yoii will find Yiim wiser than 09.0 a3



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