Samuel Hall Young, a Presbyterian clergyman, met John Muir when the great
naturalist's steamboat docked at Fort Wrangell, in southeastern Alaska, where
Young was a missionary to the Stickeen Indians. In "Alaska Days With John Muir"
he describes this 1879 meeting: "A hearty grip of the hand and we seemed to
coalesce in a friendship which, to me at least, has been one of the very best
things in a life full of blessings." This book, first published in 1915,
describes two journeys of discovery taken in company with Muir in 1879 and 1880.
Despite the pleas of his missionary colleagues that he not risk life