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Bear to the American People
And by them contributed in the
GROSSET & DUNLAP
Published by arrangement with Chapple Publishing Company, Limited
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
THE CHAPPLE PUBLISHING COMPANY, LTD.
THE NATIONAL MAGAZINE
EDITED BY JOE MITCHELL CHAPPLE
August 31, 1905.
It gives me great pleasure to announce to you that The National Magazine has awarded you one of the 840 prizes for your "Heart Throb contribution.
FACSIMILE OF THE NOTIFICATION OF AWARD Signed by Senator Allison and Admiral Dewey - Each of the 840 Awards was Personally Signed by these Distinguished Friends of the National
In the NATIONAL MAGAZINE for September, 1904, the following announcement was first published:
“I WILL GIVE $10,000 FOR HEART THROBS.”
I am editing the NATIONAL MAGAZINE for what Lincoln loved to call us, "The plain people of America." President McKinley told me I could do it, and the magazine has been a success beyond all expectations.
Now, I want you to help me edit the NATIONAL, and I am going to give ten thousand dollars to those who will do it. What I want is real heart throbs—those things that make us all kin; those things that endure the classics of our own lives. Send me a clipping, a story, an anecdote, or a selection that has touched your heart. It is in the American homes that I am searching for the literature that endures-those things that touch and pulsate with the best and noblest emotions and sentiment.
It may be in that old school book in the attic; it may be between the leaves of the family Bible; it may be in mother's scrap-book, yellow with age and hallowed by sacred memorie it may have been given you when you could scarcely read through the tears; it may be one of father's jovial jokes pasted on the side of his desk, or in that drawer long since unopened; it may be that clipping well worn from taking out of the pocketbook often to show a friend for a hearty laugh. Wholesome good cheer, humor, comfort, hope those things that make dark days endurable and sunny days enduring. In this way I hope to get those priceless little gems which you have always looked for in your favorite periodical.
Heart throbs—yes, heart throbs of happiness, heart throbs of courage, heart throbs that make us feel better. Those things that appeal you must appeal to others; that note of inspiration laid aside-bring it forth and let us make a magazine that will speak the language of the heart as well as of the mind. I want you to send me these clippings to show me what kind of stories interest you, your mother, sisters, brothers, sons