Service dedicates "Songs of a Sourdough" to "C.M." Who was CM?

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Service dedicates "Songs of a Sourdough" to "C.M." Who was CM?

The Spell of the Yukon and the 6th and later printings (i.e. 2nd edition) of Songs of a Sourdough have a page that reads "To C. M." Peter Mitham, who has written an extensive bibliography published in the spring of 2000, has indicated that there is little doubt that C.M. stands for Contance M. MacLean.

According to Peter "She was a young woman living in Vancouver with whom Service had fallen in love while working on Vancouver Island. The Beatrice Corbett Papers at Queen's University, Kingston, includes correspondence between Service and MacLean that sets the identity of "C.M." beyond doubt." These books have 7 more poems than the original edition of the Songs of a Sourdough.

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