Ernie Pyle Correspondence with Karl Martz

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Ernie Pyle (born 1900) was a notable journalist. He traveled around the USA and wrote a daily column about people and places. The column was syndicated nationally starting in 1935. One of his columns, Traveling, from August 29, 1940, is seen in the newspaper clipping at left. In it, he says:
Karl Martz is reticent, low-spoken, gratefully polite. He does not speak in arty terms. ... The parlor of his home is the exhibition room. In it today stand the most beautiful pieces of pottery I have ever seen. Each piece is an individual thing, almost with a soul. He never makes a duplicate of anything. His most expensive piece is priced at $40. They run on down to $2.50. The intenuity and artistry that he fashions into his clay are actually touching.
Apparently Karl wrote a letter to Pyle thanking him for his glowing appraisal. (No copy of that letter has come to light.) Pyle replied with the letter shown at right, in which he opens with:
If there is any compensation (besides the pay, which I must admit is pleasant) to the struggles of getting out a daily column, it is in getting such letters as yours. If there had been no others at all as result of the Brown County series, I would have felt that I had had appreciation enough.
Later, Pyle became a highly praised and popular war correspondent in the Second World War, writing from the perspective of the common soldier and winning a Pulitzer Prize. In 1945, Pyle was killed on the island of Ie Jima (near Okinawa) in Japan.