told Putnam, fist in face that he would more read-
ily send six publishers out o� the world than damage
the toes of one author. This set Picton talking.
Stories of Herbert (Frank Forrester.) How he, in
an interview with Putnam had produced a four
inch bowie knife, gravely laying it on the table, at
the commencement. How he had awfully alarmed
Stringer the publisher by chopping up a drawing on
wood with said bowie-knife, (drawing having been con-
demned by the little publisher,) and then � demanding
payment for the same. More stories of all sorts
credible & incredible. North is a queer mortal.
Clever, most decidedly, good natured, hath read &
written to a wondrous amount and on every conceivable
topic, tremendously egotistic and impulsive. He
took the M S of a big book to the Harpers (they
had published or rather plagiarised divers of his brain-
boutlings from English copies.) Called again in a
day or so. MS Book not read. �How�s this!�
quoth he, �You�re not business men � don�t understand
your business. If you did you�d have published it
immediately!� They were perfectly aghast. The
book would have taken a week or so to read!