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Dec. 10th, 1921.
I shall enclose a copy of the “Chant of Hammonism”
that I told you about. I trust it will not make you grieve too
I feel that I was somewhat discourteous to you after you
had invited me to that lecture — but I was not in the mood for a
lecture. And the people who were there reminded me of
worth's “party in a parlor.” You no doubt remember how
“By their faces you can see,
All silent and all damned.”
I am afraid that I must do some lecturing this winter but
you may be sure that nothing but financial necessity would make me
I haven't heard from
Carman since he closed his tour in
victoria. But the press clippings show that it was a triumph
right across the prairies.
Am now blowing off excess steam in hexameters, clebrating
the lumbermen and axemen whom I knew in my youth.
Glorious ruffians, bearded and muscular, scorning all softness,
Gorging and drinking and roaring with loud-voiced mirth
in their taverns.
If all goes well I may hurl a volume into the ring
some time this winter.