I called at the Smithsonian Institution
today & paid my respects to Prof. Dall
who wrote "Alaska & its Resources" &
at the National Museum to see Prof. Otis
Mason - had long and interesting talk
with both about Alaska & Pacific
coast ethnology. Prof. Mason agrees
with my theory of the Asiatic origin
of the American Indian.
E. B. Smith, reporter, calls
Senator Pettus "Old Confucius"
and the idea is not inappropriate.
He is 84 years old, a typical man
of the south & west - a "49er" in
California, a leader of the Confederacy
- and very much of a philosopher.
Smith was praising my good qualities
and the old Senator in his broad
southern brogue said to him,
"Whaw did you know him?"
Smith has been a reporter on the
Post for 15 years & Pettus knew
it - Smith greatly enjoys