cheerful about it, though all the same I do hope you’ll not stay very long as a tribal member, and by the way, your new name must be spelled with a “[underlined: K]!” just see if that doesn’t stylishly improve the looks of it! Your good [underlined: old] name however, Scotland be ever praised, does [underlined: not] need improvement. Papa says to tell you “that al- though tastes must be allowed to dif- fer, he has his own opinion of the very peculiar variety that could slight his finest spiciest Alexandrias and Corinths and Newtowns, and settle down to wigwam pemmican and Seal—“! Still, overlooking that, he and mamma both have been wonderfully interested in your explorations, and studies of forests and glaciers; and likewise are much exercised about Uncle Sam’s neg- lect of Alaskan firm government. 00871  Alhambra, Dec. 1, 1879.Beloved Friend, All the week of Thanksgiving, I cherished the ghost of a hope that the last day would bring to me a blessed message out from the far Northland — but now there is not more than the overwhelming vastness of that Wilderness of Ice beyond me, wherein the mountains and the seas, and the sky above, are frozen and silent. Each previous month the good “California” safely brought your letters tome, yet I was not patient and now, my punishment has come. I can only read over and over your October letter that at first
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