Helen Muir


Wolfe, Linnie Marsh


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/'a. s± < . :■■ ■' A j 1* ■ ' \ y - if he would have allowed me school in toad weather, tout I to study so hard or to go to was so anxious to hurry -thx""" through school I over-ruled my dear mother and went on, I can imagine what a double horror my awful illness must have toeen to Mama, not only the vrorry over me she herself feltas I lay unconscious three days and the doctor would give her little hope for my recovery, tout also what she might have to tell Papa,then on the other side of the world from us. But I recovered at last, and when Papa returned in June I thought I was as well as ever. That July^Wanda got up a little camping trip into the Sierras, a few of her College friends, with Miss Safford a Gamma Phi house mother, as chaperon. We went to Big Tuolumne Meadows, Lake Teneya and finally camped in Yosemite under the Royal Arches to finish our trip. Before starting on this trip my doctor, a local Martinez man, merely said "Be careful", not explaining how easy it would toe to hurt xiiy lungs in a high altitude after so severe an attack of pneumonia, and so I had no idea how careful I should be. Papa worried about me going out trusted that Miss Safford would looke out for me and he warned Wanda too. Well, we set out and no one in the crowd had the slightest idea why I should'nt climto mountains and walk the fastest and the farthest each day, Miss S'.' least of all. In the first place she was an utterly selfish woman, also a very foolish one, tout Papa and Mama did not find that out till much la,ter. So the crowd urged me to race on long hikes, to toe the first one to reach the summit of Mt, Dana, etc. There was an extra saddle horse part of the time, "but Miss S, must always have it, even after my health toegan to "break, and it was not till I toecame really ill and just able to walk at all that Wanda toecame alarmed and saw that I sometimes rode, and that I took malted milk tato^lets "between meals, and a drink of whiskey at night when my chest was congested. We finally got back to Crocker's station in the sugar pines, (near Carl Iffin) and Wanda and a few others stayed on there a week or so for me to rest up and get to feeling better before coming home. Helen Swett went on home, and called on Papa and Mama to report on our trip, and when she said I was staying on to "rest", Papa at once told Mama "She has hurt those sick lungs". Bwt^-p-wao^ able to go rv i-#~--jiH^©«l- ^^^^ -toef o-re I-hegOTn-to »-fa?i%, X £tee*i stayed at home that winter, just resting and noi t going out except in good weather. The dreaded T.B was starting it's work. However this rest at home set me toack on my feet and the trouble, just beginning, was That MayU • arr&sted, so toy spring I seemed well aga ■■ , I had several little outings with Papatf.__ ]3^*7the memorable trip to the Canyon and~~PetrTfie Forest with Keith, Dr Taylor, and part of the trip Aa the eastern artist, Oscar Coast ?V-''yV- Juno, 1904. 'skMiMMMwe , s-pen t- -m© and ■ in Yosemite- and ;I - did no hard\"climbing ,)|.i V-e. IVi J\ > a ^> i ■ 0 -i :**eh^KeJ?ehy , ■'Bu.'t' -tfee^feter ...■£,ogs "bothered:-^-me* $o, bher winterr efaZtmev. and « m,, •■ Mvtuv, ana a nagging .pain <,« -eng -ahd M: spent was- with-me- . . "■


San Bernardino, Calif.

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January 1943

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