National Geographic : 1966 Oct
"I had been engaged originally to give instruction in French, German, and Latin," Dr. Grosvenor recalled a few years ago. "The principal later assigned me classes in college algebra, chemistry, public speaking, and de bating. Compared with this program, a job as editor seemed very easy." * He reported for duty in Washington on April Fools' Day, 1899, and Dr. Bell personal ly escorted his new editor to the Society's headquarters. It consisted of half of a small rented room on the fifth floor of a building, long since gone, across 15th Street from the U. S. Treasury. The young man, it turned out, was not to have the title of Managing Editor at the start, 460 but Assistant Editor and Assistant Secretary. Whatever the title, the responsibility was all his. As he wrote many years later: "The little space of which I, age 23, the only employee, was to assume charge, was littered with old magazines, newspapers, and a few books of records, which constituted the only visible property of The Society. The treasury was empty, and had incurred a debt of nearly $2,000 by expenditure of life membership fees to keep alive. "The Society was not so poor as it seemed, *From his booklet, "The National Geographic Soci ety and Its Magazine" (1957). Copies of this and of the October, 1963, and July, 1965, issues containing Dr. Grosvenor's articles "The Romance of the Geographic" and "First Lady of the National Geographic" may be obtained from the Society for $1 each until the limited supply is exhausted.