Chapter 29

           ItwasahardsummerforMartin. Manuscriptreadersandeditorswereawayonvacation,andpublicationsthatordinarilyreturnedadecisioninthreeweeksnowretainedhismanuscriptforthreemonthsormore. Theconsolationhedrewfromitwasthatasavinginpostagewaseffectedbythedeadlock. Onlytherobber-publicationsseemedtoremainactivelyinbusiness,andtothemMartindisposedofallhisearlyefforts,suchas"Pearl-diving,""TheSeaasaCareer,""Turtle-catching,"and"TheNortheastTrades." Forthesemanuscriptsheneverreceivedapenny. Itistrue,aftersixmonths’correspondence,heeffectedacompromise,wherebyhereceivedasafetyrazorfor"Turtle-catching,"andthatTheAcropolis,havingagreedtogivehimfivedollarscashandfiveyearlysubscriptions:for"TheNortheastTrades,"fulfilledthesecondpartoftheagreement. 

           ForasonnetonStevensonhemanagedtowringtwodollarsoutofaBostoneditorwhowasrunningamagazinewithaMatthewArnoldtasteandapenny-dreadfulpurse. "ThePeriandthePearl,"acleverskitofapoemoftwohundredlines,justfinished,whitehotfromhisbrain,wontheheartoftheeditorofaSanFranciscomagazinepublishedintheinterestofagreatrailroad. Whentheeditorwrote,offeringhimpaymentintransportation,Martinwrotebacktoinquireifthetransportationwastransferable. Itwasnot,andso,beingpreventedfrompeddlingit,heaskedforthereturnofthepoem. 

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