Bade, William Frederic
[petrel] – “so far away from home with nothing but water to sit on.” I have a dim recollection of the small saw mill which my father had milt near the foot of the Yosemite falls – Camp Yosemite is located near the spot I believe – where Mr. Muir was for awhile the “sawyer” – of our proffered assistance in [running] it declined, with caution to keep away from the saw, and of our peeping down through cracks in the flooring into the great green water storage tanks beneath. A number of years later I remember Mr. Fiske’s relating the incident of his meeting Mr. Muir who [twitted] [Mrs.] Fiske upon his never having taken a picture of his cabin. Mr. Fiske had not known of its existence but he guessed just about where it must be, made a secret search formed and sent Mr. Muir the photo of “the Lost Cabin” – with great satisfaction to himself. Perhaps you will better understand why, after those first years of Mr. Muir’s stay in the Valley, there was a long interval during which none of our family had intercourse with him if I explain that my father had a violent, [unreasoning] dislike for him – unwarranted
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