Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?) -- American jouranlist and short story writer. Served through Civil War. Contributed columns of "Prattle" to San Francisco Examiner (1887-96). Disappeared into Mexico (1913) on search for Pancho Villa and fate unknown. Jack London (1876-1916) -- American writer, b. San Francisco. Lived life of sailor, waterfront loafer and hobo (1891-94). Became Socialist; made soap-boxc speeches; arrested. Spent year in high school and a few months (1896-7) in U. of California. To Klondike and back (1897-98). Produced 43 books and miscellaneous works. Served as war correspondent in Vera Cruz (1914).