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9.The group that drafted the language of the bill observed: “We were aware of and discussed the paradox of use and enjoyment of the parks by the people versus their preservation unimpaired. Of course we knew there was this _paradox_. We had finally come to the belief that, with rational, careful, and loving thought, it could be done.”10.The park’s Organic Act, as it’s called, was lofty and _broad_.11.On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law an act creating the _National Park Service_ to oversee 5.5 million acres of some of the most beautiful scenery on earth.12.Who was named the new agency’s first director? _Stephen Mather_13.Horace Albright agreed to be _second_ in command.
14.Five months later, Mather convened a five-day conference in Washington DC, a gathering of park supporters from across the country, meant to celebrate the _park_ movement.15.But as the conference went on, Albright found himself having to locate people to fill in as presiding officer, because his boss (Mather) was mysteriously absent from the proceedings. What happened to Mather? _The night after the conference ended, Albright was summoned into a private room where he found Mather surrounded by a few of his closest friends. Rocking back and forth and crying, Mathers proclaimed he couldn’t live any longer feeling the way he did. 16.Mather’s wife confided that this had happened before (similar breakdown) and that he had retreated into the wilderness solitudes of the West—the trips that had originally inspired his _passion_ for the parks.17.Mather’s condition was kept secret until more could be learned about his chances for recovery. In his absence, Albright would serve as acting _director_. Mather was sent to a sanitarium. 18.Mather’s condition worsened at first; twice he attempted to _kill_ himself.19.But his wife believed he would pull through, as long as he could be convinced he had something to look forward to. On the wall of his hospital room, she permitted only two decorations. What were they? Both of them were framed pictures of Yosemite National Park. 27.The writer, Ruth Kirk, opens this episode reflecting on a raft trip through Grand Canyon National Park. She says, “To go inside, you go outside because you have to know yourself in context. Not the big “I” you usually feel you
are as you go trotting through your daily life, but to find that added dimension of yourself, that innermost essential _you_ that is there. “ 28.Edward and Margaret Gehrke took yearly excursions into the national parks. Margaret would record the start of every trip as “the day of days” in her journal and then set down her impressions at every stop. She wrote, “Let those who will, buy lands and hoard _money_. We will have our memories, glad memories of golden experiences together.”29.Although the railroads had introduced them to the parks, in the future the Gehrkes would travel a different way.