R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
J• M. 3.deep water, the finger of scorn is pointed at these two editors by the publishing end of this house; so I pocketed my delicacy, and last night I got even with you by taking it out on Tesla, who, being a friend of mine, will probably give anything important he has to a rival magazine!Now let me confess that I am the culprit in the matter of changing the title of your last article. You can write very beautiful articles, but when it comes to a title you cannot hold a candle to a Century editor! "Stickeen" has no pull at all, whereas "An Adventure with a Dog and a Glacier" catches them coming and going. It catches the whole dog-loving community -- which is large, all the glacier people, and everybody who loves adventure. Many nice things were said of that narrative.Here is a way out of the difficulty, and we hope it will commend itself to you as being on our part both just and generous. You agreed months ago to write for us some articles consisting of the most Interesting memoranda of your life as an explorer -- a collection of short things. You remember I mentioned the incident of the eagle coming down upon you in a canon, the wonderful auroras, the stream of phosphorescent fish, etc. Our idea in this series was to cover your "camp-fire talk;" to have articles consisting of short pieces of from a half page to a page and a half in length, giving a great total of variety. This was our (my) idea, and Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin a Co."a good [illegible] for the [illegible] it is not [illegible]" 02373
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