[Robert Underwood] Johnson
[in margin: A[illegible] F.H.S.]
Martinez, Cal Nov. 16, 1899.
My dear Johnson
I enclose a note from Dr Jordan, to which I replied that he was welcome to the part of the story referred to as far as I was concerned, but how much the Century Co, the owners of the copyright would grant I didn't know.
Thanks for your suggestion about the story book. If I could write dog fish crow Mormon & Aurora stories in a "never failing never freezing stream" as fast as your Editors call for them no doubt Id soon have a book a large lot of books whether they would in accordance with your
idea be "nature & life in about equal propositions" I dont know. I rather guess they would be all nature - animated nature.
Sure enough as you say "there is a good deal of Knack about making a book". (& many a hard Knock) "and it is well to strike several notes" in this Muiring Burroughsing broad browsing business to make it striking. Several notes forsooth with a vengence.
I An Adventure with a dog & a Glacier.
II A riverful of shining fish.
III A shifting Aurora.
IV A cold night on Shasta
V A never freezing stream, or an adventure with a woolen mill & a Mormon
By the author of the Muir Glacier. You seem to have forgotten the glossy raven that tried to eat the author on
the perilous edge of his own glacier P.M. July 15th, 1890. This story might make an effective left wing for the book under the title, "An Adventure with a crow & a glacier" balancing true with the dog story.
Well, I have a lot of notes & I'll see what can be done. In the meantime I'm trying to complete the forest book.
We had a very pleasant call from the Thompsons. The deer & bear like the jungle stories are capital for young folk. I must congratulate you on the last Century It is easily the best of all the illustrated magazines this month.
Good luck to you - good times good books goodbye
Ever Yours Truly
1899 Nov 16
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