R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson


John Muir



December 18, 1894.



My dear Muir:-

I inclose a copy of Caminetti's bill and the report thereon. Of course this bill is not accompanied by a map, and therefore does not show exactly what is to be left off; but I it seems to me very important that you should write to Secretary Hoke Smith, direct, with particularity against the cutting in the directions in which you think it injurious.
1 have adopterd Illegible your view in the February number, but as the bill is to authorize the secretary to cut it down the bill will probably pass, and we must then make sure that there is no snap judgment on the part of the Secretary. In order to do this you ought to ask for a map showing exactly what is to be cut off according to Caminetti's proposition.
I am trying to get hold of Mr. A.H. Ward who lives within the boundary, and with whom I agreed to certain reductions, but not to the ones to which you object.
The important things are first to get the mapf and to warn Hoke Smith that you wish to be heard before the decision in case the bill passes.

I am at the disadvantage of being only able to urge

your general opposition as the strongest argument why the thing should not be done.
Of course you have noticed the passage, yesterday, by the House of the McRae Bill.
Our people sent you the Cyclopaedia of Names in accordance with your order, about a week ago. It has doubtless reached you before this.
I have been hoping to get ready the book of paraphrases from the Servian for next fall, in which case it ought to be in the press in July. But Tesla is so closely occupied with his (most important) invent ions, including the substitute for a steam-engine, that I have not been able for several months to get any more originals out of him. Perhaps in a short time he will feel like resuming the work.. Of course I can make no further- progress until I get something to work on. I have done about a dozen of them.
Tesla expects to have six weeks at his disposition between the time of the finishing of his new engine, the oscilator and its practical manufacture, and talks vaguely of California, but 1 have learned not to take him too seriously in matters of this kind. He was confident that he was going to Europe this fall, but he did not go.
Sargent, Pinchot., Stiles and I had a conference on Sunday with a view of having a bill introduced in Congress to appoint a forest commission of three men, with salaries, to


investigate the whole subject and recommend a course of governmental action* I hope to have this endorsed by the American Forestry Association of December 28th at Washington, and by Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce throughout the country, the New York bodies taking the lead.

Faithfully yours,



New York

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