I couldn't discover a John Alden in the text. I have two guesses:
I know from REH's letters that a boxing story was altered by the publishers to become a Costigan yarn. I wonder if this Alden was a character renamed as Breckinridge Elkins to appeal to the magazine reader's sense of familiarity.
Bob wrote the title and unfolded the story on a tangent away from his original conception.
I fear I might have missed something, but it does bother me as a curiosity. Can somebody explain?
Edited by Arg0naut, 31 May 2012 - 10:02 AM.