David [Gilrye Muir]
Pacific Grove Cal Sep 6/13
Dear Brother John
I Enclose a clipping from a Portage paper on the Passenger Pigeon which I know will interest you & it may be worth while to follow it up.
All usualy well here. The only item of news is that Sister Sarah is to be left alone here. Annie & Marjorie are about to leave for Los Angeles where Marjorie will attend normal school for two years. Mr Guidenger will build a small house on his land for them & Kenneth will earn the money to pay the bills. He gets $50.00 per month or more. He graduated from the Polytechnic last June.
Sarah is real well & brave & I will look after her what I can. My kind regards to all the folk & yourself,
Your Brother David
Wild, or passenger pigeons are remembered by many of the old residents of this state. In their boyhood many men who are now old and gray haired hunted these birds, They suddenly disappeared, however, and have been long thought to have become extinct. The Hartfort Press of last week has the following to say in regard to a flock seen near that city: "Harry Malloy, of the town of Erin, witnessed a sight Tuesday that is unique in this generation, a flock of passenger pigeons. They came from the northeast and were flying southwest, apparently going to the swamp where, Mr. Malloy says he has been told, they bad their haunts years ago, and where the settlers used to go at night and kill them with clubs."
Pacific Grove, Calif.
1913 Sep 6
Original letter dimensions: 25 x 20.5 cm.
Muir, David Gilrye, "Letter from David [Gilrye Muir] to [John Muir], 1913 Sep 6." (1913). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4078.
Reel 21, Image 0720
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