January 13, 1915
Dear Mr. Steenrod:
By accident I discovered that a fig eaten after supper wills top tickling in the throat at night, and keep it lubricated. Good thing to know.
Cave was making such a fine magazine of Recreation. He is said to be well posted and a very hard worker.
I see no show now for a great weekly for America, equal to the British Field in influence and income. I had given up the idea the Forest and Stream could do it several years ago. I wish that I could find some old photographs of the country about where the Shokan lake will be. I used to consider it, where the mountains spread apart, one of the most beautiful sections of the Catskills. It will be all a waste until they cover the devastated country with water, turning it into a large lake. As usual Halsey got his two bucks, the last a magnificent fellow, of which he sent me a photograph. The “Salmon Fly” entertains me but it is extremely heavy and clumsy. The author, George M. Kelson, is an enthusiast, of lifelong experience, but is full of notions and ideas, some of which are far-fetched. He can brag beautifully.
I have sent to New York to try to buy Admiral Mahan’s second book on “Sea Power”. I read it 15 years ago, but do not remember accurately.They are most interesting books. The “Life of Nelson” more so than any novel. I simply had to know a thing or two. I am still after an acct. of the battle of Tsushima (1905), that gives the strategy and tactics of the Japanese Admiral Togo. It could be very instructive just now. There must be something of the sort in Washington, but I don’t know whom to write to there.
Theodore Gordon, edited by John McDonald, by permission of Theodore Gordon Flyfishers.