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#0179: Willa Cather to Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, May 31, 1910

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Dear Miss Sergeant1:

The proofs of the article4 went to Brookline5 merely in the course of routine, they are always sent by the proof reader to the last address, etc., etc. But I read the proofs of the article myself and hope you will not find much amiss in it.

About the Labor Congress articles6, I do not believe we could use more than one. Of course, what we want is not so much a report of what is generally done by the Congress, but a sort of summing up of the interesting things that have been done abroad for the protection of the laborer. We would pay $150. for the article and such photographs as you could send to accompany it.

I forget whether you intend to go to Germany7 at all. Do you know the Permanent Exposition for the Welfare of Workingmen8 at Charlottenburg, Berlin9? I understand it is a museum where one finds practically everything that has been invented to protect the lives of workingmen, builders, firemen, divers, factory workers, miners, etc. It seems to me that an article10 on this museum, illustrated by many photographs of the apparatus would be tremendously effective. In short, it would be a new way of writing on the old and fascinating subject of "dangerous trades." It might even be that under such a concrete guise you could best present your information about what is doneat the Congresses.

Would it, do you think, be feasible to write an article professedly on the interesting exhibits in this museum (describing the most interesting apparatus and the dangers it is made to circumvent and overcome) and incidentally, to pack in the best of what you get at the Labor Congress?

Of course, I do not know how much you will get at the Labor Congress, or what ground it will cover, or in what shape it could be best presented. But, I can see an article on that museum as a very good magazine feature, with a lot of very useful information and suggestions about labor conditions in other countries behind it.

If you think this sort of an article feasible will you write me at once. I wrote Mr. McClure11 about MCCLURE'S MAGAZINE.
Miss Sergeant - 2. the idea the other day, and I am afraid he may put some one in Berlin12 on it. If you see the thing as a practical undertaking, I would much rather have you do it. For such an article, we would be willing to pay $200.

Miss Wyatt13 is here at work on the Working Girl14 material. Whether we would be able to use an article15 on the French working girl depends a little, I think, on how long Miss Wyatt's series16 runs. I wish you would give me a chance at the article, anyway.

No, I shouldn't think you would mind being in Paris17 in the spring. I am afraid I am not able to read your letter with the properly unselfish spirit. So far as mere weather is concerned, I have nothing to complain of. I am wearing winter clothes to-day with great comfort. We have scarcely had a hot day. But weather does not go very far. Most of the buildings which were standing when you were last here are in the process of demoli- tion. You cannot go a block in any direction without encountering steam hammer and an iron drill. All the pavements are being repaired and all the sewer pipes are being changed The place couldn't be more smelly and noisy so we shall be in a pitiable state when it does get hot.

Very sincerely yours,Willa Sibert Cather Miss Elizabeth S. Sergeant, Hottinguer & Co. 38 rue Le Provence, Paris, France.