Educated at Knox College, Illinois and Northern Ohio University, Emerson was admitted to the bar in 1886. He moved to Kansas amd engaged in banking and became involved in politics. He campaigned on behalf of the Republican Party in both the 1888 and 1900 elections. In 1908, he published Smoky God: or A Voyage to the Inner World, in which he purports to relate the adventures of a Norwegian, Olaf Jansen, in the discovery of a land beyond the North Pole. The book was a success and many people believed the story to be true. Emerson's other works include The Treasure of Hidden Valley (1915), A Vendetta of the Hills (1916) and The Man Who Discovered Himself (1917).
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The Smoky God
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