Bade, William Frederic


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he always noticed that Mr* Muir had a peculiar shuffling gait, like Indians, who lift their feet but little. There was economy of effort and no wasted energy, but h© never gave his reasons for doing this, and we never asked, for fear he would think we were criticising him* On a dusty road he shuffled along and p&M no attention to the dust he raised, bo w© kept far out in front, while he and lay father walked side by side in the rear, or frequently we trailed along behind, leg and foot weary, while Wt* Muir with his shuffle, and my father with his Ions swinging stride, seemed never to tire. I© tried to imitate Mr. Muir*8 shuffle, but safe never able to acquire his peculiar gait* On one trip returning fro® Tahoe to fruekee, the melting snow on a warm day stuck in chunks to the bottom of our skis, which made it impossible to use them, no natter how well treated with dope* v.y legs were too short to walk in the soft snow, into which we sank a foot or more, while we carried, our skis. Sir. Muir and. say father therefor© decided to shove on to Truckee, through the soft snow and slush, leaving me in an eld cabin until tbey could sen-:! out a. man in a two-horse sleigh for me* On one wiatsa? trip, my father, who had become quite proficient in using skis on level ground, was very anxious to take a long run on a sloping hillside* With Mr. lair he went back of KcK'inney*s, at Lake Tahoe, up one of the long sloping hills, to get an opportunity for a good long slide* Us had often referred to the Joy and thrill of riding on skis and had —6—



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