Wolfe, Linnie Marsh


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J? - John Muir everybody with ears to hear,- and blessing them." For five winters and ten sumaers llr, Muir n&de the Yosenite Valley his central camp while studying the adjacent region - reading the snystio leaves of that wondrous book of mountains and interpreting the mighty things written there* Keen observation, tireless study, and familiar acquaintance gave ho hin a knowledge of the ice rivers that have sculptured Uiose mountains, grinding out canyons, sharpening peaks, digging out dorses fron Inclosing rooks, carving their plain sides into their present glorious fores, "Mo aan living understands glacial action in the formation of scenery as that young Muir in California," wrote Professor Louis Agassia. Here he ;aet many noted scientists and travelers, among the latter being laser son. Mr. feerson nm®r forgot John *Juir and his letters vainly tried to bring the young n&n eastward. For awhile at first he worked in the little mill he built for Mr. Hutching© to make the fallen pines into lumber. In this way the aan of few wants earned money enough in a year or two to last through ten years of seclusion and solitude while he studied the sculpture of the earth, the action of glaciers, the growth and distribution of forests* For months, even years, he was separated fro® human life, living absolutely alone, with trees, flowers and rooks as companions* lothlng, in fact, seess to have set him apart from his time more than this liking for solitude, yet it was mingled with perfect sanity, kindliness and love of his kind. It was said of him that he cared less for a jaan than for a tree, but the countless friends he s&de all over the world froa Presidents of the United States and railway magnates, literary and scientific men in many countries, to sheep-herders and ranchers, disprove the assertion, fie was known and loved everywhere in the Sierras by men who would scarcely have been able to read his books, even if they 090 2-3 . '



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