S. Hall Young


John Muir


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Cordova, Alaska, August 16th, 1910.Mr. John Muir,Los Angeles, California;My dear Friend;- Yours of the 4th inst. came by the last mail and I answer by return boat. I am very sorry you cannot see your way clear to come and see the Miles and Childs Glaciers this season. From all the data I can gater I am satisfied that this is an exceptional season with them. There was a tremendous snow-fall last winter and the glaciers, especially Childs, is coming forward very rapidly. It is pushing the Copper River over to the opposite bank in spite of the high water and the tremendous masses of ice that are constantly falling from the face of the glacier. The outer edgeof the fan is crawling over the ground at the rate of a foot and a half aday; while the engineers compute that in the center of the glacial stream where the river rushes against the concave the ice is coming forward as much as seventy five feet a day. Great waves are occasionally sent to the opposite bank of the river as high as thirty, or forty feet, and from ten to forty feet of the bank, according to its location, including the alders and cottonwoods on it, has been swept away. The extreme edge had crawled towards the new million and a half steel bridge over two hundred and fifty feet from May first to July twentieth, causing some uneasiness to the Company. The form, color, and movements of Childs Glacier, to say nothing of its voices, are most fascinating. They may not be as fine next year.Well, I am having the usual experience of "young" writers. The inclosed letter explains itself. I am now sending the MS to Mr. Briggs, New York Manager for the Fleming H. Revell Publishing Co., with the request that he place it with some good magazine. His friendly interest in me and his wideacquaintance with editors and managers make him the best medium I could think ofin the East.We are having the absol utely perfect weather that only Alaska can furnish in the summer.04848


Cordova Alaska

Date Original

1910 Aug 16


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.

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