Bade, William Frederic


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About 102S Mr* M* Hall McAllister had a. permanent metal handrail and stops installed* These mountain trips ware an inspiration and education to my brothers and to as* they essay not hav© been, and probably were not, fully valued at the time, but war© deeply appreciated and remembered Is after years whan wo came to understand, with grateful hearts, that we have no richer Inheritance than these mountain experiences in all our treasury of unearned blessings* Is it any sender than that I rovers my father*s memory, as well as that of John i&iir, is the recollection of their companionship on these wonderful mountain trips, and; rejoice in the love of God's out-of-doors which they Inspired'? Mr. Mulr*s knowledge of plants, flowers, shrubs, trees and botany was almost unlisiitod* On one occasion these men stopped while HT» Muir picked a tiny flower, at the foot of a Sequoia, or at the base of a cliff* Ha gave us its name and called attention to it© beauty of forts and dslieaoy of color* My father then raaarked that this little flower was praising the Creator and showing forth the beauties of his handiwork* as much as the giant troa or the mountain. He then said, **Hulr, do you remember la Gray*® Elsgy, the lines: 'Full many a gem of purest ray serene The dark unfathomed eaves of oases bear, Full many a flower is born to blush unseen And wests its sweetness on the desert air*. •fhli is beautiful poetic license", ha said, "but it is not true1* - and then ay father stated, and Mr* Muir agreed, that no flowar is wbora to blush unseen or wastes its sweetness", —0—



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