OUTING OUTING ADVENTURE LIBRARY OUTING HANDBOOKS
OUTING PUBLISHING COMPANY
141-145 WEST 36th ST. NEW YORK CITY
DEPARTMENT Editorial. August 23, 1918.
Miss Ruth Alexander,
211 No. 6th St.,
My dear Miss Alexander:
I am sorry to have been so slow in writing you in reference to your article, “MY FRIEND THE PORCUPINE” and the Chipmunk photographs. I have been away the greater part of the past month and a half which fact must plead as an excuse.
I like your article very much and shall be glad to use th<e> Porcupine stories [sic] with six photographs at a price of thirty dollars payable after publication. I can use twelve of the chipmunk and Gopher [sic] photographs at a price of twenty five dollars for the lot, payable after publication, if these prices are satisfactory to you.
Doubtless you have seen our page WHO’S WHO IN OUTING. We like to tell something about our contributors there and if you can give me a brief outline on your outdoor experiences and send me a photograph for use on this page I shall appreciate it.
Very truly yours,
AB:A [signature of Albert Britt]
[Transcribed by Laura Feyer.]
Albert Britt (b. 1875) was the Editor and co-owner of the magazine Outing when Ruth Alexander had her piece accepted in 1918, and published in 1919. ( “1920 United States Federal Census – AncestryLibrary.com.” Accessed 27 June 2016. Web link.;“Outing: Sport, Adventure, Travel, Fiction.” Hathi Trust Digital Library. Accessed 14 March 2016. Web link).
 At the time,although she was living and working in Manhattan Kansas, Alexander apparently still used her family home in Hiawatha as an address (Student File, Ruth Alexander Nichols, Record Group 28/2, Box 57, O.C.A.).
 Her article was then published in the March 1919 issue of Outing magazine under the title, “Billy, The Prickly Pet.” The description of the article in the table of contents reads, “Our friend the porky evidently understands that prudence is the better part of valor and that a home in a box is better than no home at all.” The article can be found at the following link on page 299 (“Outing: Sport, Adventure, Travel, Fiction.” Hathi Trust Digital Library.Accessed 14 March 2016. Web link).
Arrows indicate that the “e” was added in ink to the typed word
$25 in 1918 has the equivalent purchasing power of $392.25 in 2016, adjusted for inflation (“U.S. inflation Calculator”).
 Ruth Alexander’s description in “Who’s Who in Outing” reads, “Most of Miss Alexander’s summers have been spent in Wisconsin. By rising early mornings, she has succeeded in taming most of the little friends of the woods, including chipmunks, squirrels, field mice, gophers, porcupines, and even a big frog” (“Outing: Sport, Adventure, Travel, Fiction.” Hathi Trust Digital Library. Accessed 14 March 2016. Web link).
 Secretarial marking, indicating that the letter was typed by Albert Britt’s secretary “A.”