Bade, William Frederic
the woods had in his an admirer and a protector. It was not the purpose of this paper to speak of the sterling character and marked accomplishments of this truly great •can, but rather to give you my recollection that he was kindly to us as young boys, considerate of us in the woods, in casap and on long nouniain traiaps, and most entertaining to us at all times. All this we took for granted in the sasae mysterious way most boys do, expecting those things from their elders. We did not stop to appraise or appreciate, and did not then fully understand, the affectionate consideration and sympathy extended to us by Mr, Muir, any more than we appreciated these same things ftOffi our own father, for, indeed, we looked on him much as our "Uncle John" and were glad to find, after we had groTsn up, that others had seme to know, love and admire him, as we had always donej and to hear aim praised and. appreciated by the world generally in terms we had always beard my father use about his friend and companion John Muir. My father never went to the mountains without writing an account of the trip for the Sen Francisco Bulletin. As a young man ho had been correspondent in San Francisco for the Hew York World and the London Times, Mr, Muir also wrote for the Bulletin, and constant reference is made by Dr. Bade, in his "Life and Letters of John Muir**, to this fact, sany of Mr. 1,'uir's writings appearing there first. These sten were rich in poetic expression in all they wrote about the mountains, and though very rarely writing verse, wrote such that was considered prose poetry, Nothing in his writings more nearly voices for me what Ur* Hals* -17-
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