|Edith Huntington Mason|
|The Real Agatha
The Politician 1910 ~ Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co ~ Illustrated in Full Color by The Kinneys . 409 pages
|Walt Mason 1862 - 1939|
|Walt Mason: His Book. With an introduction
by Irvin S. Cobb. New York: Barse & Hopkins, Publishers, 1916.
Inscribed: “For Edgar Rice Burroughs with best wishes, Walt Mason.” Second inscription: “August 28th, 1916 at Walt Mason’s home, Euphoria Kansas, while en route to Los Angeles on camping tour. ERB.”
and Ants (from His Book)
1916 Emporia KS Garage & Walt Mason Home PC
|Walt Mason: 1862 - 1939 American (orignally Canadian)
newspaper writer and humorist, often called "Poet Laureate of American
Democracy," Mason was married in 1893 to Ella Foss, of Wooster, Ohio
A Short Autobiography by Walt Mason:
"I was born at Columbus, Ontario, May 4, 1862. My parents were poor. I was the fifth of a series of six sons. My father was a dyer in a woolen mill, and was accidently killed in that establishment when I was four years old. He was Welsh and my mother of Scotch descent. My mother was fond of books and poetry and old songs, and knew many of the latter. She died when I was fifteen years old. Meanwhile, during my childhood, I had been going to a country school, and working for farmers, and also in the woolen mill. After my mother's death I went to Port Hope, Ontario, and worked in a hardware store for a year and a half, drawing the princely salary of two and a half dollars a week and boarding myself. When I was nine or ten years old I was nearly drowned, and was hauled out of the water, unconscious, by an older brother. I have had defective hearing ever since, and it is probably due to this that I never became a merchant prince. Anyhow, I was not a success in a hardware store, and when I told my employer I was going to leave, he said it was the proudest and happiest moment of his life. Having severed my diplomatic relations with the hardware man, I crossed Lake Ontario, in 1880, going to New York state, where I hoed beans for a summer. It was the poorest fun I ever struck. The soil was stony, and the hoe was dull, and the sun was as hot as blazes, and there didn't seem to be any sense in hoeing beans, anyhow. From New York I took my way westward, arm in arm with the star of empire. I stopped a while in Ohio, then in Illinois, and finally reached St. Louis, where I went to work in a printing establishment and 'kicked' a job press through the hottest summer ever invented. There was a humorous weekly, called the 'Hornet,' in St. Louis, and I sent some stuff to it. The 'Hornet' printed it, and the editor wrote to me and asked me to call. He offered me five dollars a week to go to work in the office, writing gems of thought, reading proofs, sweeping the floors, and otherwise making myself useful. I took the job and remained with the 'Hornet' until it went broke. Not being able to get another job in St. Louis, I went to Kansas and worked around the state for three years as a hired man. Disgusted with that sort of work, and being ambitious to get into newspaper business, I managed to get a job with the 'Leavenworth Times.' Later I became a reporter on the 'Atchison Globe,' and there learned a great deal that was useful to me. From that time forward I was chasing myself over the country, and was connected with newspapers in a dozen cities, but always had the idea that the next town would be a little better, and kept moving around. I was mixing up farming with newspaper work in Nebraska for a good many years, and making a failure of both. It took me a good while to discover that pigs and poetry won't mix. When I did find it out I came to Kansas, and went to work for William Allen White, writing stuff for the editorial page of the 'Emporia Gazette.' The 'Gazette' always printed on its first page an item of local news with a border around it, called a star-head. One day the city editor was shy of the necessary item, and asked me to write something to fill that space. I wrote a little prose rhyme, advising people to go to church next day, which was Sunday. The prose rhyme attracted some attention, and on Monday I wrote another one, and a third on Tuesday, and so on, and the star-head rhyme became a feature of the 'Gazette.' Thus originated the prose poem."
1912 Home of Walt Mason "Uncle Walt", Emporia, Kansas
|Sophie May (Rebecca Sophia Clarke 1833-1906)|
|Little Prudy Stories: Donohue Publishers ~ 154 pages ~
Colour frontispiece of flowers
May's nieces who were the inspiration for Prudy, Susy, and Dotty Dimple
Sophie May 1833-1906autograph from a two page letter from Sophie May, written in 1873 to a Miss Hattie Briggs of Michigan. At that time Sophie May was in San Diego, CA. In the letter she discusses her literary characters. She was a popular author of novels and in particular children s fiction.
Sophie May's home in Norridgewock, Maine ~ Sophie May's Old Oak cemetery in Norridgewock
|Trailing Geronimo: The Outbreak of the White Mountain Apaches, 1881
- 1886 ~ 1926 ~ Mazzanovich was with Troop F. 6th U.S. Cavalry
~ A book cited by ERB as a research source for his Apache novels. Some
hitherto unrecorded incidents bearing upon the outbreak of the White mountain
Apaches and Geronimo's band in Arizona and New Mexico.
Online Version with scanned pages ~ Many great photos: Arizona Apaches Cavalry
The story of September 1886 and the surrender of the Chiricahua Apache Geronimo. Marking the end of centuries of warfare between European-Americans and the desert Indians in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, Geronimo's surrender is recorded here. This is an account of the struggle by a soldier who was there, up to and including the final scene in Skeleton Canyon.
Anton Mazzanovich and Winnifred Kingston in the film The Light of Western Stars by Zane Grey
Anton Mazzonovich Cavalry Camp on the Bank of the Gila 1881 ~ Near Fort Thomas
Veterans of Indian Wars
|Herman Melville 1819-1891|
|Moby Dick 1851
Online Text: http://www.classicallibrary.org/melville/moby/index.htm
|Herman Melville is regarded as one of the greatest American novelists of of the 19th century. His best-known work, Moby Dick (1851), was not widely appreciated by critics or the public until after his death. Moby Dick was dedicated to the author Nathaniel Hawthorne, a friend who was idolized by Melville. Herman Melville was born to a merchant family in New York City, in 1819, the third of eight children. His father, Allan Melvill [Herman added an "e" to the family name later in life], went bankrupt and died when Herman was 12. His mother, Maria Gansevoort Melvill, reared her family alone, with occasional help from her wealthy relatives. A bout of scarlet fever, in 1826, left Melville with permanently impaired eyesight. He attended Albany (N.Y.) Classical School in 1835. He left the school and was largely self-taught, preferring the study of iterature and history to other subjects. From the age of 12, he worked as a clerk, teacher, and farmhand. In search of adventures, he shipped out, in 1839, as a cabin boy on the whaler Achushnet. He continued his naval adventures through a brief stint in the US Navy, sailing both the Atlantic and the South Pacific. Leaving the Navy, he worked as a clerk and bookkeeper in a general store in Honolulu and lived briefly among the Typee cannibals in the Marquesas Islands. In his mid-20's Melville returned to his mother's house to write about his adventures. Typee, an account of his stay with the cannibals, was first published in Britain, like most of his works. The book sold roughly 6,000 copies in its first two years. Its sequel, Omoo (1847), was based on his experiences in Polynesian Islands, and was as successful as the first one. Throughout his career, Melville's works enjoyed a higher estimation in Britain than in America. His older brother, Gansevoort, held a government position in London, and helped to launch Melville's career. In 1847 Melville married Elisabeth Shaw, daughter of the chief justice of Massachusetts. After three years in New York, he bought a farm, "Arrowhead", near Nathaniel Hawthorne's home at Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and the two authors became friends. Melville had almost completed Moby-Dick when Hawthorne encouraged him to change it from a mere whaling story into an allegorical novel. Inspired by Hawthorne, Melville rewrote Moby Dick into a powerful novel that, beneath the story of a whaling adventure, is a meditation on God's providence and dealings with humankind. Melville wrote other novels around the same time as Moby Dick, including Redburn (1849), White-Jacked (1850), and The Confidence Man (1857), as well as a number of stories for Putnam's Monthly Magazine. After unsuccessful lecture tours in 1857-60, Melville lived in Washington, D.C. He moved to New York, in 1862, where he was appointed customs inspector on the New York docks, providing him with a regular income while he continued to write. Melville's later works include Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War (1865), John Marr and Other Sailors (1888), and Timoleon (1891). Melville's died on September 28, 1891, in New York. Melville returned to the type of allegory that had been so successful in Moby Dick in writing his last novel, Billy Budd. Its manuscript was found in Melville's desk when he died, and it remained unpublished until 1924. A definitive edition appeared in 1962.|
|American Armies & Battlefields in Europe: A History, Guide,
and Reference Book ~ 1938 ~ American Battle Monuments Commission, US
GPO ~ lots of illustrations, color and black and white maps, many
foldouts, plus several large folded maps in rear pocket ~ 547 pages
|Alice Duer Miller ~ July 28, 1874 New York - August 22, 1942 New York|
The Reluctant Duchess
Birth name: Alice Duer ~ Spouse: Henry Wise Miller
Mother of Alice D.G. Miller.
Buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Morristown, New Jersey.
Writer of many films, including Roberta (1935) with Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
Alice Duer Miller was born and raised in the wealthy, influential Duer family of New York. After her formal debut into society, her family's wealth was lost in a bank crisis. She studied mathematics and astronomy at Barnard College beginning in 1895, earning her way through publishing short stories, essays and poems in national magazines. She graduated in June 1899 and married Henry Wise Miller in October of that year. She began teaching and he initiated a career in business. As he succeeded in business and as a stock trader, she was able to give up teaching and devote herself to writing. Her specialty was in light fiction. She also traveled and worked for woman suffrage, writing a column "Are Women People?" for the New York Tribune. Her columns were published in 1915 as Are Women People? and more columns in 1917 as Women are People! By the 1920s her stories were being made into successful motion pictures, and she worked in Hollywood as a writer and even as acted (a bit part) in Soak the Rich. Her 1940 story, The White Cliffs, is perhaps her best-known story, and its World War II theme of a marriage of an American to a British soldier made it a favorite on both sides of the Atlantic.
|Charles K. Miller|
|Excerpts from an Egyptian Manuscript - suede cover - small - to Edgar Rice Burroughs from the Author received FEB 5 1923, K Efyer Chicago, Private From my friend Charles K Miller Chicago|
|Leo E. Miller|
|Adrift on the Amazon
The Hidden People: The Story of a Search for for Incan Treasure: 1920 Scribners
A Lost Race fantasy with elegant binding and fabulous illustration plates by Paul Bransom. Its sequel issued the following year carefully preserved the layout scheme of the binding with another Bransom illustration, resulting in a matched set.
In The Tiger's Lair: 1921. NY: Scribners Illustrated by Paul Bransom. Four b/w illustrations on plates by Paul Bransom.
In the Wilds of South America. ~ 1918 ~ NY: Charles Scribner's Sons
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