From Adventure Magazine 1951 May, Letters. Digital capture by Doug Frizzle, 2007 September.
The story, in brief, of a long and adventurous life—the colorful career of A. Hyatt Verrill, who cut and piled the "Chips from the Whale-ships' Logs" on page 25 in this issue. Mr. Verrill writes—
I was born in 1871, and my youth was spent in the era when sailing ships reigned supreme and bluff-bowed greasy whaleships of
In later years, when I became an author, I wrote "The Real Story of the Whalers," which was considered a classic by the few surviving old whalemen. In the meantime I had led a varied and often adventurous life. At the age of 17 I made my first scientific expedition to the West Indies and subsequently spent over forty years exploring the jungles of South and Central America, visiting many little known and often reputedly hostile tribes for the purpose of collecting ethnological specimens and making paintings of the Indians from life, for the Museum of the American Indian in New York City.
At one time I joined Colonel Cody's (Buffalo Bill's) Wild West Show, and as an expert rifle shot I demonstrated
Twice married, my second wife is five-eighths Indian and an archaeologist. I have three living daughters and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One of my granddaughters is Conchita Cintron, the world-famous woman bullfighter. It is hard to believe that I am now in my eightieth year for, like the famous centenarian, I don't feel old but merely have been here a long time. My life has been a full one and I truthfully can say that I never have known a dull moment.