S. Hall Young
Cordova, Alaska, July 25th, 1910.Mr. John Muir, Martinez, California;My dear Friend,Yours of June 23rd, enclosing your photograph, arrived two weeks ago during one of my preaching trips up the Copper River. "Our National Parks" came by the last mail. For your trouble in placing my story, and for the beautiful picture and for the book, in whose delightful pages I am already deep, I thank you warmly.I have not heard as yet from The Atlantic, but presume there has not been time. I am somewhat impatient to know whether they want the other stories of our two canoe trips. I would like to get those off first thing.I have sent to Mr. Briggs, Manager of the Fleming H. Revell Co., another story. It will be the first chapter of the book, The Mushing Parson. The scene is laid in Skagway as you saw it in 1895. It is called The Great Stampede.Mr. Briggs professed himself delighted with the sample story I sent him called "Cussin' Jim", and said their Company would be glad to undertake the publication of the book, and that he would place the stories in good magazines.James' travesty of the Adventure is surely the limit of rediculous writing. All he ever heard of the adventure from my lips was a short account of your taking me from the cliff, used as an illustration in a lecture. His whole story is made up from his own imagination.And now I want to send you an invitation for immediate consideration and action. There is up the Copper Valley R. R. fifty miles from Cordova what is one of the scenic wonders of the world. The great steel bridge crosses the Copper between two great glaciers, Miles and Childs. Both are moving very rapidly and are continually breaking off huge masses of ice into the river. The four dimensions of beauty and sublimity are there in their perfection--form, color, motion and sound. You can stand on the bank opposite Childs Glacier within 500 feet of its wall of ice which is 300 ft04834
1910 Jul 25
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