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Ken Gonzales-Day, Scripps CollegeEdward S. Curtis wanted some money. He needed a good-sized wad, and he got it. Plucked a big fat pile from the original plucker himself. P. L. U. Plucker of Pluckervllle –from J. Pierp Morgan. Curtis had spent some years learning how to gargle Siwash and Chinook and other Indian dialects. It was about that time that "The Idea" hit Curtis. He was getting together the best collection of Indian pictures in this state. Why not get up the best one in the whole country? Eh, why not? Some Indians, perhaps, wouldn't let you photograph them? Well, that's easy. Ed Curtis would just go back to his pad and pencil. For before he attained the heights of photography, Curtis was an artist. Of course a collection so pretentious would need a historical review of the American Indian. But Curtis was not dismayed. Why couldn’t he write books? Curtis revolved The Idea in his mind quite thoroughly. There was left but one objection – he needed money. That’s when Curtis struck J. Pierp. He had read somewhere that Morgan had oodles of money somewhere he had also read that King Pierp. was bugs on art stuff..Published in 1922, the newspaper also ran a small article on the bottom of the same page noting the Morgan and his son were being called before an ethics boards in Washington D.C.