Gerald W. Johnson, Esq., Evening Sun, Baltimore, Md.
If it has any odor at all I insist that it must be the scent of Araby. Furthermore, I guess that the book as a whole will make pretty good reading. My own share is now in its last stages and Frank Kent is about finishing. Let us sit down together after the two conventions and perfect the text. After that we can have it set up in the office and circulate proofs among all parties interested. I think it should be read carefully by at least a dozen different men. Certainly one of them should be Jimmy Dove.
The other day I sent you a Maryland madstone, properly authenticated by the State Board of Examiners. It should be treated as if it were radium. If you carry it in your pants' pocket you are apt to get a serious burn.
God help us all.
Yours, (signed)H. L. Mencken
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