Mrs. L. T. W. Conger
hear of some heartbreaking grief with its terrible desolation has crossed my pathway the old thought has come back, "Look it in the eye," and I have thus been enabled to live through much sorrow that if I had yielded to my first feelings would have swept me out into the dark ocean of despair. If you should ever come this way be sure to call and see us. Thanking you for your kind remembrance
I am as ever
Your Sincere Friend
(Mrs) L. T. W. Conger.
344 North Raymond Avenue.
Pasadena Feb. 11, 1902.
Mr John Muir:
My Dear Friend.
You can scarcely imagine through the kindness of Mr [Kendal?], your gift of "California Mountains." Every description of tree, flower, and animal, brings back my childhood's home, with endearing memories,
for I lived among the mountains and pines of dear old Maine. I often recall a little experiance of those days. When about eight years old I started for school one morning without my brother and sisters, and on reaching a piece of heavy timber a large black bear walked out of the woods and deliberately seated himself a few feet in front of me and looked into my face.
For a moment I was almost paralized with fear; but soon recalled an oft repeated remark of my fathers, that if you looked a bear calmly in the eye without mo[illegible]ing he would not harm you. This I did; and to my great relief in a few moments he quietly crossed to the other side of the road and was soon out of sight. This to me has been a life long lesson. Whenever the black
1902 Feb 11
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Conger, Mrs. L. L. W., "Letter from Mrs. L. T. W. Conger to John Muir, 1902 Feb 11." (1902). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4613.
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