[Theodore P. Lukens]
Sept. 16 1913
My very Dear Muir,
What a long time since seeing or hearing from you. I can't stand it any longer so write in hopes to hear from you.
I am much pleased that our Board of Education have named one of our schools for John Muir. Seldom is such an honor conferred upon a live man they just wait until he has passed on so he could not object if he would or glory in the honor. I am so pleased because I know it will be an inspiration to the children, just as it is always an inspiration to me, to have in front of me a large picture of you and on my left a plaster of Paris cast. I can at any time talk our trip over, and recall many grand thing you have said as well as a few good jokes.
As soon as it gets cooler, I do so want to take you by easy stages over my tree planting. I am sure when you see the wonderful demonstration, the proof that our mountains can be reforested and protected from fire, that you will write one of your articles for the magazines and help to hasten the time when the government will push the work along the practical lines as worked out. You will do it won't you?
I hope we are to save the Hetch Hetchy. Your efforts will be mainly responsible if we do. I am wondering if you have known of the effort that Geo H. Maxwell is making to equalize the distribution of the water of the San Joaquin and Sacramento valley to take enough of the surplus water from the flooding districts of the Sacramento to redeem all that valley, and put such surplus on the unwatered lands of the San Joaquin. The cost would be $200,000.000s and would be $2,000,000.000= value to the state. We all know the great shortage of water in the San Joaquin for irrigation. what on earth will they who depend on
1913 Sep 16
Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.
Lukens, Theodore P., "Letter from [Theodore P. Lukens] to John Muir, 1913 Sep 16." (1913). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4097.
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