Wolfe, Linnie Marsh
20 friends from auld lang syne who knew each other so well that we might say what we had in mind without fear of giving offense, so I went on to tell the master book-maker what I thought he ought to do about a book. He then had to his credit real books, solid and meaty and of matchless quality, but his publishers had not yet turned out a little book, rich with the unrivalled Muir flavor; such a book as a Muir adorer would like to give a friend, and that, I ventured to say, was a definitely sad lack, and all the worse because there was a surpassing story of his in the Century Magazine, a few years back; a story of just the right length, and of eminently the right kind and quality; a story that had fascinated everyone who read it—A Story of A Man, A Dog, and A Glacier, and truly named. It was brimfull and fairly dripping with John Mttlr at his best, and all the better because it could not be told without frequent tense mentions of its author. It was thrilling without tragedy, and it had the happy ending we mam all require, and it v/as exactly right, in every way, to make an ideal little gift book, selling for, say, 75 cents; neither expensive nor cheap. Till now, I argued, it has been buried in the files of the magazine, without promise or hope of resurrection, whereas it ought to b/ raised to a new life in book form, to be read, and re-read, and given away, and loaned, and occasionally stolen, till worn out, giving fresh interest and new pleasure to ,:> 7 .
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