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#0181: Willa Cather to Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, July 6, 1910

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Dear Miss Sergeant1:

I am sending you a clipping from the New York Evening Post4, which I am sure will interest you. The Post's first notice5 of the article6 in their magazine column rather insinuates that your sources of information may be doubtful. Miss Goldmark7 and I have taken this up with the Child Labor Commission, and there was to be an answer to this published in the Post last evening. At any rate, I do not believe many people get a column editorial in the Post on their first article, and I am delighted for you.

I have not heard from you as to what you think8 about that workmen's museum in Berlin9. Mr. Mackenzie10 and I have been talking it over and I told him I thought perhaps you had been deterred from taking the matter up by the expense of the trip to Berlin. If such is the case, Mr. Mackenzie has authorized me to offer you $50. toward your expenses in going to Berlin, besides the $200. which we will pay you for the article. This, of course, would include photographs; for we would, I think, have to ask you to furnish photographs yourself. I do feel that there may be a very interesting article there. Personally, I am afraid I am much more interested in the story of ingenious devices made to protect the workers in dangerour trades, than I am in the usual sort of article on that subject; I mean the articles that tell how many people are killed in this and that trade every year. Please let me know as soon as you can whether you decide to undertake this.

Do not forget to give me a first look at the article11 on French working girls, if you can, please.

I hope that when you come back we can think up several good assignments for you, and that you can do a couple of articles for us that will make these fastidious Post people sit up and take notice. On the whole, Miss Goldmark and I are delighted at the attention the article has received.

Very cordially yours,Willa Sibert Cather Miss Elizabeth S. Sergeant, c/o Holtinguer & Co., 38 rue de Provence, Paris, France12.