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The mailing office work tapered off early in December leaving but $13 between me and empty pockets, but my spirits were raised when I qualified as a cub reporter on The Emerald. When I went home for Christmas I received $11 in cash, some useful presents, and an evening dress from Mrs. Stevenson to make over for myself. A. feature story for submission to The Eugene Daily Guard, the evening paper. My earnings were meager that January and I was worried. Once more I took a story to The Guard, rushing into the front office like a scared rabbit, leaving the copy on the counter, and dashing out.
After her death, Dick and I found three more lengthy autobiographical accounts, and innumerable diaries, journals, and letters. Her earliest life-history writing, I believe, is from the 1930s. Mc Donald's last manuscript stood as one in a series of many constructions of herself, a final set of decisions driven by the cumulative successes, disappointments, and tensions in her life. Over fifty years, Lucile Mc Donald wrote five "autobiographies"life stories of five different women. As editor, Dick has had the difficult task of seeing his mother's life as a whole, when she herself was unwilling to do so.
I had never been any place and wanted to go. Father did not veto my idea to use my recent savings for the trip. He would arrange for me to stay with relatives. Thus the month of July went happily by. I had an ocean trip each way via the Northern Pacific, a luxurious steamship that operated from Astoria. A new window on the world opened. I returned poor in pocketbook, though not completely broke, and set out to hunt a job. Page 7 First I carried a letter from Judge Stevenson to Edgar B. Piper, editor of The Oregonian.