M. H. Myrick


M.H. Myrick


John Muir



Jany 31 1895

Dear Mr. Muir--

Your friends have thought that you knew something about mountains--but, just read the enclosed "Volcanoes are [illegible]!" and just see how much there is yet to learn?! Read it all, carefully, if you can.
As to Lassens', I know something about it. I have been there. There is no crater to Lassen--it is a sharp ridge cone. What the writer calls "Bummer's Hell," is not on the peak at all. It is "Bumpass' Hell," named after Bumpass an old mountaineer, who guided me to the place--it is at least three miles from the base of the cone, and is not a crater; but a level surface of about 60 acres, sulphur and steam springs scattered about, and often to the surrounding country.
How about Shasta? Is the rim of the crater "such a knife edge that explorers have had to break away the sharp crest to make a place to sleep"?
And then, what about the last paragraph! In one night, a mountain thrown up, 25 miles in circumference, 2 miles high, & steam and smoke 17 miles high! and explosions heard 2000 miles!! and

the tidal waves reaching dry land!! The Straits of Sunda are away southesast of Asia--so, those tidal waves must have gone around the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Horn, unless they took a short cut by India and through the Suez Canal, and over the Alps by the tunnel!!
Who is this writer? Is he of enough consequence to reply to?
Please return the enclosed article to me--I want it.

Ever yours

M H My[illegible]

I understand a tidal wave was [illegible] here at San Franciso--but there was a clear ocean wave
Perhaps I am away off in laughing at him--but the thing struck me funny.


San Francisco, Cal

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



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