Clarence King: A Biography

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Nineteen
PANIC

The relief from tension which King had found in his marriage was lost in the complications which followed. The step had brought him into conflict with a dominant trend of the day--the concern of his set for social correctness. He found it a formidable challenge, and the strains of a double life grew difficult to bear. There could be no relaxation in his vigilance to keep the roles of his dual existence completely separated.

The mounting stress did nothing to sweeten his opinion of the society from which the secret must be guarded, and his conviction grew that the social fabric of America was falling in tatters. King's impulses, nevertheless, were wholly gregarious. He remained preeminently the social being; and the more he concealed one part of his life from his social peers, the more he looked for moorings in their company, or for their approval of his public character. After his marriage he became more than ever a clubman, and his haunts included some of the most exclusive clubs in New York City.

He had retained his membership in the Century Association, where he basked in his vogue for wit and charm, and Stedman still considered him "Stevenson's prince-with-the-tarts" incarnate. He made a habit, too, of the high yellow dining room of the Union League Club, and he joined still other organizations: the Players of Edwin Booth, in 1888, a group dedicated to brotherhood between theatrical men and leaders in the kindred fields of art, letters, and

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • Illustrations xiii
  • One - Enter Clarence King 1
  • Two - The Wind's Will 17
  • Three The Yale Years 31
  • Four Shasta, Here We Come 42
  • Five Rooftop Of the West 60
  • Six - End Of Apprenticeship 77
  • Seven - Along The Fortieth Parallel 93
  • Eight From Washoe To The Rockies 112
  • Nine - "Mountaineering. . ." 132
  • Eleven - The Pass Beyond Youtih 173
  • Twelve - "Systematic Geology" 194
  • Thirteen Cattle Baron 217
  • Fourteen - Merging The Surveys 230
  • Fifteen - Director Of Geology 244
  • Sixteen - Treasures Of The Sierra Madre 264
  • Seventeen - European Interlude 283
  • Eighteen - Silver Clouds And Darker Linings 299
  • Nineteen - Panic 323
  • Twenty - Ebb Tide 341
  • Selected Bibliography 357
  • Notes 379
  • Index 417
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