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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 07, 1912, Image 9

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JACK LONDON IS NOT THE MAN HE WRITES ABOUT
Seattle, Wash., Aug. 7. Jack
London the novelist 'arid his wife
.arrived in Seattle recently, affer a
148-days' voyage, 'around the
Horn on the sailing ship Dirigo,
and registered at the" Hotel
Washington,- Fo interviewers he
announcedthat while at sea hev
1 Mr. and Mrs. Jack London.
completed one novI and made
notes for two more.
Jack invented The Literature
That Grips. Intentionally, or
roan he writes about. For in
s'tance, he hated the conventions,
preferring the wilder, freer life
df the wild and wooly places
where primitive- men strip their
meat raw from the bones, not
minding a little blood, and make
savage, gutteral noises when they
eat.
He wrote a story once about a
man in Alaska who was starving
to death and trying to get some
where -before he died. A wolf
was starving, toot The wolf;
dragged himself after the man,
reasoning to himself thus: "If I
can stick it out longer than the
man, I can eat him." '
So the man crawled andj
: zrawled, and the wolf crawled
after him, and by and by the man.
played 'possum, ' and the wolf
crept close and prepared to take
a bite. But the man drew bade'
just in time, and as the wolf col
lapsed, the man sank his teeth in
the beast's neck and drank his
blood.
that's the kind of a life for,
Jack!
Everybody thought it was, but
it isn't.
Mr. and Mrs. London were as
signed to rooms 626 and 628, com
prising one of the most luxurious
suites in the hotel. With them
came Nahata, the novelist's valet,
who was given room 619. Na
hata is yellow-hued and efficient
First thing the valet did after
unpacking the trunks was to get
out the novelist's pink silk pa-.
jamas, in tne morning London
otherwise, he has led the public
? believe that he is ,th sort pi bathed leisurely and left Jthe turx
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