Gorge P. Ahren


G[orge] P. Ahern


John Muir


P.S. at last I have a fine table top for you. Do you want it? Can ship it to Frisco via an Army Transport GPA


June 18/13

My dear Mr Muir

Many thanks for you kind thoughtfulness in sending me the story of your boyhood & youth. It is a really wonderful story of hardship, perserverance & cleverness. Apparently you took it all without rancor. It should be an inspiration to boys who have neither money nor influence. It shows what can be accomplished against frightful odds. I am deeply interested because I am interested in several poor boys who have fine antecedents but now very poor. I am helping them to help themselves. After getting their confidence & interest in me my first move is to secure their promise to abstain from liquor & tobacco until 21 yrs old. Then I find some way for them to earn money to pay for their education.


In my own Offices there are a large number of Telephone clerks - not one receives a promotion unless he receives a good report from night school. The best two receive prizes at Christmas & a letter of congratulation. I make them study English, bookkeeping, history & stenography. It works like a charm. How are you getting on? I wish you could spend another visit in the Philippines. We hve made progress - our Forest School is a success. The entrance class this year are almost all High school graduates. They take a 2 years course. We have several students from China - will take 4 a year & when the serice starts in China we may have something to say as to the organization & policy. when my graduates have had 4 years service I send them to their home provinces where I use them as missionaries to build up a sentiment in favor of conservation. What results this policy would have accomplished in the U.S.? If 10 native sons, graduates of best schools were running the California or Colorado services, there would be more enthusiasm
please write to me


G. P. Ahern


Manila [Philippine Ils.]

Date Original

1913 Jun 18


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20.5 cm.

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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