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■JM by lived several years studying botany, geology - especially glacial action - and laying the foundation for the nation-wide reputation that came to him in later years. He was of a most gentle and loving disposition, a high-minded Christian gentleman, clean in thought and action. While he was not a very regular at- } tendant at church, he read his Bible and said his prayers morning and evening : of every day and he led the kind of life that all this imports. It must not be inferred, however, that he was austere and without any sense of humor, fun or frolic; far from it; he was as keen to a college prank as any of us, and always ready to "put one over" on Pat, the janitor, who came to the University about that time with an exalted opinion of himself and his position. Pat conceived it to be among his duties to report the students to the faculty. This was not the students' point of view; they insisted that it was his duty to report the faculty to the students. The issue was sharply drawn. Pat was obdurate, argument was useless, so a "persuasive course" of instruction was outlined for Pat. Muir was one of his most active instructors, what Pat suffered while taking his course he alone knows. Suffice it to say, that he came through all right, saw the students' point of view, and. thereafter was peace and harmony. Muir was not ambitious for wealth. 'That cane to him of material prosperity was a mere incident of his life. It was his firm unchanging religious faith, his all-absorbing love of man ana beast and of nature generally that characterized the man and his life. One gets his spirit from his own words: "Climb the mountain and get their g-ood tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares -.Till drop off like autumn leaves."



Date Original

June 1915

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[June 1915]

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MSS048 Va.10

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