Excerpt from On the New Santa Fe Trail: The Record of a Journey to the Land of Sunshine by Six and a Half Tenderfeet
As this story begins Independence, Mo. (a suburb of Kansas City), the present tenderfoot will say nothing of the difficulty of trying to get a special car from the Pullman people, the failure to achieve this end because other people happened to have vacations at this time, and the final rescue made by Tom Brown, who seemed to be Mr. Paul Morton’s second self and right-hand man. He promised a car at Albuquerque, and was as good as his word.
To give “verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative,” we will copy here the letter given by us to Mr. J. J. Byrne, of Los Angeles, from Mr. Morton; but for this, all that follows might seem a pipe dream. Here it is:
February 7, 1903.
Mr. John J. Byrne, G. P. A., Los Angeles.
My Dear Byrne: This will be handed to you by Mr. F. N. Doubleday, who is a very old friend of mine, and a publisher of one or two cheap magazines, The World’s Work and Country Life in America.
Mr. Doubleday, with his wife, and Mr. Bok, of The Ladies’ Home Journal, and wife, and Mr. and Mrs. F. Coit Johnson, of New York City, are out to see the painted desert for the first time. The entire party are tenderfeet, and there are many places that it will not be safe for you to take them. Silver City should be avoided.
I want this party to see everything worth seeing west of Albuquerque.
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