Merle Colby Poems

Merle Colby Quotes

The actions of each dancer were scrutinized with great care and any little mistake noted and remembered. The strain upon a dancer was consequently so great that when a fine dancer died soon after a feast it was said, "The peoples' looks have killed him."
Merle Colby, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943). For The Federal Writers' Program. A Guide to Alaska: Last American Frontier (The WPA Guide to Alaska), p. 137, Macmillan (1941). On Tlingit feasts.
Mining today is an affair of mathematics, of finance, of the latest in engineering skill. Cautious men behind polished desks in San Francisco figure out in advance the amount of metal to a cubic yard, the number of yards washed a day, the cost of each operation. They have no need of grubstakes.
Merle Colby, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943). For the Federal Writers' Program. A Guide to Alaska: Last American Frontier (The WPA Guide to Alaska), p. 8, in "Alaska Comes of Age," Macmillan (1941).

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