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The Story of My Boyhood and Youth

John Muir

Portrait of John Muir

 

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS FROM SKETCHES BY THE AUTHOR

 

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Contents

    I. A BOYHOOD IN SCOTLAND Earliest Recollections--The "Dandy Doctor" Terror--Deeds of Daring--The Savagery of Boys--School and Fighting--Birds'-nesting.
    II. A NEW WORLD Stories of America--Glorious News--Crossing the Atlantic--The New Home--A Baptism in Nature--New Birds--The Adventures of Watch--Scotch Correction--Marauding Indians.
    III. LIFE ON A WISCONSIN FARM Humanity in Oxen--Jack, the Pony--Learning to Ride--Nob and Nell--Snakes--Mosquitoes and their Kin--Fish and Fishing--Considering the Lilies--Learning to Swim--A Narrow Escape from Drowning and a Victory--Accidents to Animals.
    IV. A PARADISE OF BIRDS Bird Favorites--The Prairie Chickens--Water-Fowl--A Loon on the Defensive--Passenger Pigeons.
    V. YOUNG HUNTERS American Head-Hunters--Deer--A Resurrected Woodpecker--Muskrats--Foxes and Badgers--A Pet Coon--Bathing--Squirrels--Gophers--A Burglarious Shrike.
    VI. THE PLOUGHBOY The Crops--Doing Chores--The Sights and Sounds of Winter--Road-making--The Spirit-rapping Craze--Tuberculosis among the Settlers--A Cruel Brother--The Rights of the Indians--Put to the Plough at the Age of Twelve--In the Harvest-Field--Over-Industry among the Settlers--Running the Breaking-Plough--Digging a Well--Choke-Damp--Lining Bees.
    VII. KNOWLEDGE AND INVENTIONS Hungry for Knowledge--Borrowing Books--Paternal Opposition--Snatched Moments--Early Rising proves a Way out of Difficulties--The Cellar Workshop--Inventions--An Early-Rising Machine--Novel Clocks--Hygrometers, etc.--A Neighbor's Advice.
    VIII. THE WORLD AND THE UNIVERSITY Leaving Home--Creating a Sensation in Pardeeville--A Ride on a Locomotive--At the State Fair in Madison--Employment in a Machine-Shop at Prairie du Chien--Back to Madison--Entering the University--Teaching School--First Lesson in Botany--More Inventions--The University of the Wilderness.

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BOSTON AND NEW YORK HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY
The riverside press Cambridge 1913

COPYRIGHT, 1912 AND 1913, BY THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY COMPANY COPYRIGHT, 1913, BY JOHN MUIR ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Published March 1913

 


The text and illustrations were digitized by The Library of Congress for Amenican Memory.
The text was then corrected and formated and the images were converted by myself.