August 3 Wednesday – On a warm day in Kaltenleutgeben, Austria, Sam wrote to H.H. Rogers.
I must stop work a minute and congratulate you upon to-day’s telegraphic peace-prospects. I imagine you are feeling comfortable now.
Here the matter would be immensely discussed and written about—would have been, a week ago—but now it is cut down to a dozen lines, for now the whole reading-matter space in the papers is crowded with Bismarck’s life and death. It has been so for several days ….
Insert: Hotel Krantz
Sam wrote of the dense, green foliage with no browning, and no flies or bugs or mosquitoes. Their plans were to return to Vienna in mid-October, and were letting the Hotel Metropole bid for their residence against the
newer Hotel Krantz. There was some concern for available rooms, what with the Jubilee of the coronation of Emperor Franz Joseph I (1830-1916) of Austria to be celebrated in Vienna on Dec. 2. Livy had gone into the Krantz and “found on the lobby wall the finest portrait” of Sam she’d ever seen.
He also suggested that Katharine I. Harrison might collect his articles when she returned from vacation, and listed pieces which had been, or were about to be published:
“In Memoriam, Olivia Susan Clemens” (Harper’s Nov. 1897)
“Stirring times in Austria” (Harper’s Mar. 1898)
“From the ‘London Times’ of 1904” (Century, Nov. 1898)
“The Appetite Cure” (Cosmopolitan, Aug. 1898)
“About Play-Acting” (“Forum—mailed to New York to-day”; Oct. Forum).
He listed three not yet mailed:
“The Great Republic’s Peanut Stand,” (unpublished)
“Concerning the Jews,” (Harper’s Sept. 1899)
“My Platonic Sweetheart” (published after Sam’s death by Harper’s Dec. 1912).
I got $2,075 for the first four; am to get $200 for the fifth.
I think I shall keep the article on copyright (“Peanut Stand”) for the present.
I’ve a notion to send the “Sweetheart” story to you, and then write Edward Bok of the Ladies’ Home Journal that if he wants to pay $1000 for it he can write you and get it. I half promised him a $500-article a
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.