J. E. Calkins


Wolfe, Linnie Marsh


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14 understand. It is the mere mechanics of composition that seem to be such a heavy burden. If you could have that eased up the rest would not be so hard. You might even enjoy it." He shook his head; " I don't think I could ever have any help in composing. It wouldn't be a help, but a hindrance•" I made all haste to assure . him that there should never be any such sacrilege as interference with his lone—hand composing. To keep the John Muir flavor, pure and unadulterated, with no admixture of any bungling efforts at assistance, must always be the first objective. As he had no rivals or competitors in his chosen field, so he could have no aid of that kind. It was the merely mechanical part that it had seemed possible to lighten. He sat looking at me, with that steady, long gray gaze of his, but without a question, so I had to go on without his bidding, for now that I had started I had to finish. "It is very simple, I said. Tou sit there, or walk up and down if you prefer, and tell it, whatever It is, as you would tell A* 0. Vroman, or any other good friend. Your assistant, man or woman, sits somewhere in range of your voice and catches what you say, and later puts it through the typewriter, v/ith triple spacing and wide margins, so that you have room for the changes you 3&s33: want to make, and two good carbon copies. Now you have a first draft of what you want to say, and /ffftf



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