Books: Tramp with a Difference

SON OF THE WILDERNESS — Linnie Marsh Wolfe—Knopf ($3.50).

When the file slipped, flew up and pierced his eyeball, John Muir walked to the window while the milk-white aqueous fluid dripped out into his cupped hand.

"My right eye gone!" a friend heard him murmur wonderingly. "Closed forever on all God's beauty." God's beauty was spread wider for John Muir than for most men. He absorbed and reveled in it as his vital element. With passionate volubility and in sinewy prose, he brought it vividly alive for more short sighted mortals. He fought for it, hard and successfully, against the invasion of...

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