Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore


John Muir



about "Mr Russell alone on Mt. St. Elias" and gave him a few facts and reasons. McKee said he would with alacrity and a column and a half from Mr. Russell cause out in several hundred newspapers this last Monday OCt 20. Nextly while I was in San F. Mr. Moriss took me to Keith's studio. Mr. Deith was not there but his "Taku Glacier" was and I kept wishing that it could be exhibited East. I undertook to see if we could not get it at the Cosmos Club rooms in Washington, where the Geographical Society meets. I hear from Mr. Moriss that Mr. Keith is willing to have it go, and I am now only waiting to hear formally from



39 West 26th Street

New York - October 22 - 1890

Dear Prof. Muir

I was so sorry to have missed you in S.F. and Mrs. Hooper as well. Soon after I reached here I went to see Mr. Johnson to ask why they could not take up the cause of Alaska now that they have won for the Yosemite, and have an Alaska series succeeding your papers. The newspapers that same day had been filled with telegrams from San Francisco


about "Mark Kerrs Great Feat." "Mark Kerr alone on Mr. St. Elias." It seems M. K. had rushed home to San F. and into the arms of the local and Ass. Press and there was no whisper about the Russell Expedition or any one but M.K. the young dude, who went as Mr Russells assistant. On the strength of those dispatches Mr. Johnson had telegraphed to some one to find M.K. & got refusal of an [mss.?] & had telegraphed you. I fairly groaned at the situation. All Mr Russells work and effort of two years to go to the glory of that insignificant Kerr. Mr. Russell


was on the train travelling toward Washington as fast as he could while Mark Kerr was dazzling San Francisco. It was hard to catch him, but I wrote a letter for Mr. Johnson to Mrs. Russell While I was writing it Mr. Gilder handed in your telegram with the "Never heard of Kerr. Russell is reliable" in it and I almost hurrahed. It was quite dramatic and you saved the day for Mr. Russell. After that I wrote to the manager of the Associated Press at Washington and asked him if he couldn't send out something from this end of the line


new book. E.R.S.



2/ the Cosmos Club and Geog. Society. It is a spendid picture, but do you not think that the ice is too green. The water tones are perfect, but the ice ought to be more dazzlingly white and blue. While I was at the studio I said that I was going to ask you to look at the picture and induce Mr. Keith to make it a little more blue and white. If you are in the city soon will you not go in and look at it before it is sent off? and tell me what you think of it for color. I have developped all of my Kodak negatives and they


have come out so well that I am provoked that I did not take more. I shall have time to print some in a few weeks and can then send you some views of your cabin and chimney, Vancouver [illegible] etc. You will be pleased to know that I have a tolerably good one of the Captain's valet coming up the deck to answer the bell, of the stern and etc. I have seen Mr. and Mrs. Rollins since here and they speak so enthusiastically of the day they spent at Martinez, of Mrs. Muir, the


children, Dr. and Mrs. Strentzel and the onyx mantle piece with the glacier painting reflected over it. Mrs. Hooper writes me that the Captain is enthusiastic over Alaska. he reached Sitka four hours after the Queen had left. Please remember me to Mrs. Muir and believe me

Very Truly

Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore

P.S. I have acquired my "Alaska" plates myself and I shall no doubt take your advice and write an entirely


… New York

Date Original

1890 Oct 22


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 X 25.5 cm.

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Reel 06, Image 0677

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