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Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2008 11:24:10 -0700
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Is anyone familiar with accounts of MT as naturalist? His
descriptions of flora and fauna are as moving as John Muir's, ("Life
on the Miss." chap. XXX, "First, there is the eloquence of
silence...") with the added benefit of hilarity, ("A Tramp Abroad,"
Chap. XXII, on ants). He also wrote a brilliant essay about the
incestuous behavior of Bees, but I don't have the citation. Just
wondering if the naturalist side of MT has been explored.

Jerry Vorpahl
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