Bade, William Frederic


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with him to the bank to help his arrange for the expenses of his journey, I gladly went and told him the bank would give him a letter of credit for any amount he desired. He actually wondered if they would do it, although he had on deposit to ay knowledge more than fifteen tines the aiaount of the letter of credit ne wanted. As we walked along Montgomery Street and looked up at the office buildings, he referred to "these sunxess canyons" and regretted that civilization and business seemed to sake theia necessary. He then gave sae a lecture, as only he could gtrte it, when he heard that I, one of his "boys", was in favor of taking Bates f Hetehy for a San francisoo water supply. We discussed this at great length then and later, but neither ever changed his opinion \ on the matter. It was not that he objected to San Francisco having a Sierra, or even a Tuoluiane, water su "7-iy, but that he contended that all the eater required euuld be obtained from sources outside the Yosemite National Park. About a year later, in 1912, on a visit to Muir :.,hs, in iria County, and while we were waiting for lunch to be served, I wrote out an acrostic on Muir Redwoods, first placing a capital letter at the beginning of each line, which then spelled vertically "Muir Kedwooda*, as follows: U uch heartfelt praise frosts every pilgrim true 0 nto this sylvan shrine beneath the blue 1 n heaven above, is duly offered up, I etarsini thanks for his o*erflowing cup, E Qverenee deep for the God of Nature dear S ach one must feel, who walks and worships here. B ivine protection here is well portrayed, W here branching boughs unite in peaceful shade. 0 a, »ay we ever love God's out-of-doors, 0 n hills, in vales, while every spirit soars, S slight to roars away from city strife, S incerely thankful both for health and life. -14-



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January 1936

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