John Muir's Funeral
JOHN MUIR The Thoreau of the Far West" James Bryce " He was the patriarch of American lovers of mountains, one who had not only a passion for the splendors of Nature, but a wonderful power of interpreting her lo man." David Starr Jordan " He had a quaint, crisp way of talking, his literary style in fact, and none of the nature lovers, the men who know how to feel in the presence of great things and beautiful, have expressed their craft better than he." Robert Underwood Johnson " John Muir was not a ' dreamer,' but a practical man, a faithful citizen, a scientific observer, a writer of enduring power, with vision, poetry, courage in a contest, a heart of gold, and a spirit pure and fine." Charles Sprague Sargent " No one has studied the Sierra trees as living beings more deeply and continuously than Muir, and no one in writing about them has brought them so close to other lovers of nature." Charles Keeler " Others may praise him for his keen eye, his grasp of nature's laws, his enthusiasm as an explorer, his grace and charm of literary style, but for me he was a personality that defies analysis — a great soul, a genuine friend, and I am grateful to share, with all who touched his life closely, in the consciousness that we are better and closer to the great primal things because we knew and loved him." Enos A. Mills "The grandest character in national park history and in nature literature is John Muir. He has written the great drama of the out-doors. On Nature's scenic stage he gave the wild life local habitation and character — did with the wild folk what Shakespeare did with man. He puts the woods in story, and in his story you are in the wilderness. His prose poems illuminate the forest, the storm, and all the fields of life. He has set Pan's melody to words. He sings of sun-tipped peaks and gloomy canyons, flowery fields and wooded wilds. He has imm ortalized the Big Trees, His memory is destined to be ever with the silent places." Alexander McAidie " He stood as a great advocate for the preservation of the wild and the beautiful; he gave the best that was in him to the service of men ; he strove earnestly to turn their thoughts from the daily routine, with its unrest and turmoil, to the peace and beauty of the bills. (( His eloquent sentences will remain as long as our mother tongue endures, his pleadings will not lose their force, and his influence can but spread and strengthen as the years pass." HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY BOSTON NEW YORK
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