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February 23rd, 1921,
Pear Mr. Maurer:
During your stay on Wrangel Island did you ever go any considerable distance inland? Please write me as fully as you can about the vegetation of Wrangel Island, both from your own observations and from anything you may have heard from the other men who had been inland.
Did you see lichens, mosses or grasses? Were flowers common?
On what parts of the island did you find the most driftwood and what hind of wood was it? Around Eerschel Island the driftwood is chiefly spruce with a little pine and cotton wood. On Wrangel Island I have supposed that you might have found driftwood from the Pacific which would presumably be in part composed of logs of larger variety than those you see around Eerschel Island.
I have noted what you said in one of your stories about hilling a considerable number of foxes towards the end of your stay. Did it strihe you that Wrangel Island is a good location for fox trapping or walrus hunting?
I hope you will be able to reply soon, as I am anxious to get these facts before my booh goes to press.
Mr. Frederich W. Maurer, lew Philadelphia, Ohio.
Du Valle, Wash.
Care Ellison White,
Chautauqua, Preston, Idaho.
Can you give me definite information as to prospects of going north anxious to accept proposition you offered but should hnow soon before close of
Chautauqua season so can make plans accordingly if I go north will remain permanently hope your favorable reply by telegraph collect am now using films.
Fairmont, W. Va.
Please meet me Statler Hotel Cleveland forenoon March twenty-three for conference if possible period will pay your expenses reply collect Fairmont Hotel, Fairmont, West Virginia.
Mr. V. Stefansson, Hotel Fairmont, Fairmont, W. Va.
Will meet you per your wire of even date.
F. W. Maurer, Care of Chautauqua, Creston, Washington.
Sorry no chance to go north this year but think there will be next year if you still want to go hope you have success with movies good luck,
Dear Mr. Stefansson:
Thank you for your telegram of a week ago.
It is regretable that your plans will not materialize this year. However, I am confident that the things you are working for will eventually unfold themselves to you.
As I told you in my telegram I am very desirous of going North with you. I would be glad to serve in any capacity you may see fit to place me; either with exploration party or developing commercial enterprise you mentioned the day we met changing trains. The prospects for future of such a proposition look promising.
Several weeks ago while in Oregon I was the guest of Knight for a day and enjoyed a pleasant visit with him and his people. We talked over our ideas of the North and decided we would like to go North together if possible. Knight is a likable fellow and am certain our team work would be congenial.
You may be interested in knowing about the films. It was not until Mr. White took charge of this circuit that I was able to get any cooperation from the office. Up to that time we had had four managers. It seems the substitution of slides for films did not meet with satisfaction with some of our audiences and as a result our manager at that time had already made arrangements for my leaving the circuit when Mr. White took charge at the eleventh hour. As soon as he learned the trouble there was a machine and competent operator furnished me. Since then everything has been going along very nicely and the films are going over "big".
As for the rental of my slides, I asked $20.00 a week during the four weeks they were in use. I considered this a fair price in view of the fact that quite a few were broken through having their inexperienced crew men handle them while operating lantern. It seems Mr. White and I can not arrive at an agreement on this as he is willing to allow only
$10.00, saying that if I "held out" on my price he would have to refer the matter to you. Am enclosing his letter. However, I fail to see why you should be referred to in this case when they failed to live up to their end of the contract by not furnishing a satisfactory machine and operator in the beginning. I merely mention this in case they approach you on the subject.
While in Thompson Falls, Mont. a few days ago I met a Mr. Skulson and his wife who said they knew you very well; were reared together and have attended the same school in North Dakota. They asked me to remember them to you.
This circuit will close July 28th and I am wondering if you could use me as your operator for the balance of your circuit or during your lyceum tour this fall and winter. Since there are no possibilities of going North this year, I have no plans for the time after July 28th and would like to return to you in that word providing you have not made other arrangments.
Have burnt all my bridges to go North which I am banking on and hope you keep me in mind.
Would appreciate a reply at your convenience. With best wishes for your success, I remain
Gave Maurer $35 fare Nampa to Anacortes, Aug.2.
V. Stefansson, Care Chautauqua, Lewistown, Mont.
Dear Mr. Stefansson:
We finally landed ashore last Friday afternoon,