Geo[rge] G. Mackenzie


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


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5/the motive power of the whole world. If that crowd had any common sense, they would back out of their position with all speed, but I don’t expect it. Their experience has taught them that hard and loud lying, bluster and corruption will do anything in California, and they expect it to work elsewhere. Mike de Yonge is a brilliant specimen of that class. By the way, I think there is a row among the Yosemite folks – Washburn and Cooke – themselves. I have no idea what it is about, and it will not prevent them from standing together in a fight before Congress, but there has been something wrong for over a year. I would like much to get an inkling of the reason, which might be of use to us, but both Washburn and Cooke are close-mouthed to an extreme concerning their private affairs. One indication is that, instead of boarding the stage drivers at the Stoneman house as formerly, Washburn built a house for the men this summer for the reason that Cooke asked too much board. It may all be a [pretense?], to enable them to disclaim the monopoly, etc., but I think not. There is something back of it. Cooke is a very hog for money, and I suspect he has been claiming too big a share of the plunder.06372


Raymond, Calif.

Date Original

1891 Dec 3


Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 20 cm.

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