Helen Muir


Wolfe, Linnie Marsh


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y young years after leaving Martinez I who neither knew or cared about good of the Poets, /or nature study or any used to be interested in, so until I 1 lived among people reading or works of the things I met Ruel I had no one to really talk to, and then after our family came we were too busy with everyday affairs to have time to read or study as we used to do together. Buel did go on with his study of geology and mining while I was busy with babies, and this study was to reward him well in later years, when the depression drove him from business ^r <^ to the desert and to mining and ore in the hills above Amboy, --aSfies $he boys were with us there and learned enough with him were a little later able to carry on with the. mine and mill) and make the money that put us all back on our feet after Van Dyke and his son had ruined us as far as the ranch and water supply at Daggett was cons- erned. The three older boys cleared us completely and in Los Angeles back milling gold now grown that they and . 4? 4- . wiped the desert afield from memory. little alibi a.-^ <%iXA slate clean. AThis i r M s getting pretty far Hx n to give my mind a ^ 7 and I learn the Lore's Prayer. but I Prayers. Papa had both Wandj did not teach us to pray. Our mother did however and sure Papa approved tho I cannot remember anything in particular said about it. Mama, taught us the little children's prayer "Nov,' I lay me down to sleep"etc. and I know I then added my own personal requests before saying amen. Whenever Papa was away on one of his trips Mama would come to my bedside after I was settled In bed and whisper"Pray that God watches over dear Papa |<6 and brings him safely home to US". /A U,i AA- ,■ ' ... \ A personal God. / This is a hard question to answer-/ I am not sure how Papa felt about this. We never discussed it, but I feel in my own mind Ails conseption of God was as a universal Power or Force governing the Universe., *he laws of nature were only another way of saving the laws of God, or something very like that I once heard him tell some writer wrio had been questioning him. This of course was during his later years, for I an sure he had very different views toward God in his younger days. But it seems to me he must have felt his God in the mountains, glacers, forests, all the out of doors he loved, for surely he worshiped them and through them he worshiped all Nature, God's works. Of course I am putting this very badly, but perhaps it is something of what you think he felt so you will understand what I am trying to say. Since Papa is gone I have wished so many times I had talked about just how he felt about things like this, especially what his conception of our hereafter was, and since I feel so strongly as I grow older that pur i'Heaven" should bj__a returning to earth/^o''do "t'he things left undone" before and to redeem our past mistakes, each successive lifetime leaving fewer mistakes, fewer -


San Bernardino, Calif.

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January 1943

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