Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore


[Louie Strentzel] Muir



given a banquet and reception by some three hundred admiring tourists of past seasons; and put through some mysterious mining deal, by which, I suppose, some more strangers will learn a deal more of geology than they knew before. We are all hoping that Capt. Hooper will have orders that will allow him to cooperate with the [Int?] St. Elias party and do some exploring and surveying himself. I fear that Mr. Muirs added cares will keep him far away from the glaciers this season, but I hope that he has written out some of the results of his last seasons work.

With regards, I am

Very Sincerely Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore



Washington – March 31st 1891

My dear Mr. Muir

I enclose you the letter that I did write you in December, to prove that I intended to do this much long ago. I have had a very busy winter and lost three weeks of it entirely by illness, and between that and a few flying trips to New York, the season has slipped away from me. I am getting the proof of my new book slowly, but it cannot be many weeks off now before I shall see its covers. Of course Mr Muir and yourself were interested in Mr. Kerrs article in the March Scribner. It was


a piece of enterprise in stealing such a march on the April Century, but the mystery is, where did he get his pictures? The illustrations are all from the negatives made by Mr. Russell. Mr. Russell did not give him prints or permission to use, and no one knows how he got hold of them. The Geographic Society is in the field once more, and will send Mr. Russell back to [illegible] [illegible] Elias this summer, to find out its height, latitude and longitude, or not come back alive. A Coast Survey party will probably cooperate with him and the figurers will have to be reliable. Mr Kerr got three different heights himself – 13,500 ft 14,500 and 15,300 ft, and


the experts, put to work at his notes after he left the survey, could only get 17,000 ft for St. Elias — so that all the Kerr notes are suppressed, and no U.S. official publication will be made until this next expedition returns. L[illegible] [Schwatka?], having discovered the Yukon, is now about to discover gold along its banks, for the benefit of some New York capitalists. The Century will send Mr Joseph Pennell with Mr. Russell, to sketch St. Elias and we may expect interesting things next year. Capt. Carroll succeeded in getting land laws for his teritory, went to Boston and was


Washington, [D.C.]

Date Original

1891 Mar 31


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 0115

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