The Danton Burroughs
John Coleman Burroughs Archive
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LETTERS TO HOME
Hartland 1884 ~ Yale 1887/1888
~ Chicago 1920 & 1926
LETTERS SENT HOME TO CHICAGO FROM CAMP IN THE HARTLAND
Located 20 miles west of Milwaukee, in the heart
southeastern Wisconsin's beautiful Lake Country
Sunday, July 6, 84
Fathers of the 2nd & 3rd and yours of the 4th
rec'd in due time. Our boat got here Sat. at 4.04 and Mr. Rudberg
brought it up for us.
We found she leaked badly and we got some putty
and blue paint of Mr. R. and fixed her immense.
About those drawings, Geo. says he didn't
pay for them, because Mr. Hyde wasn't there when he went and got
I didn't hear about Paul Hamilton. What was it.
We haven't caught anything to speak of -- two
bass and four or five pickerel and Geo. caught a string of between fifty
and sixty perch, which we had to clean. Our rods & every-thing
else work immense.
I got my best pants we and I had taken my
middling ones down to the tailor in Hartland to get them cropped off about
six inches at the bottom so I had to wear my sailor's togs for a couple
of days and it seems to me they are wider than they were last year.
If I had hold of that Larson I would choke him for I don't believe he took
them in at all.
Judge Tuley is here and he and Mr. R. play
cribbage till about midnight & all day Sunday. You know Judge Tuley
has let or sold his place and so he stays here; fine looking man and very
Charlie Rudberg says one of their cows just pulled
her horn off and he can't touch her to put any-thing on it, because
she jumps around so. He says he put some kerosene oil on to keep the
Mr. Rudberg has got a boat house on Pine lake
and two boats & he had also got two new boats here on Beaver.
The Peitsch boys are the only ones that were here last year -- but the
Meyer boys and eight relatives are coming Monday.
With much love
Sunday July 13/84
Dear Father and Mother:
It don't seem Sunday at all up here. The whole
vacation is one long string of week days.
Four of the boys have got these little Flobert
rifles like Phil Noble's; and Jake Wineman and I went across the lake
to the pond-lilies and shot a duck a regular genuine one too. The
folks made lots of fun of us and Mr. Rudberg said it was a helldiver; but
we picked and cleaned it and Miss Nettie had it cooked for our supper.
We offered some of it to Mr. R. but he politely
declined saying "An Indian couldn't be seen eating it." That's
all right just the same, it was as good a duck as I ever tasted.
Some friend started the idea that we wanted
pop up here and of course we all had to chip in a quarter and get some
(five doz.) It tastes as though it had been fermenting a week
We went up on Sands' windmill and took Don's
telescope along so we could see things dandy.
Mr. R. said Friday if we would go down in the field
& help get the hay in he would put some hay on the hay wagon and
take us all to the circus (so called) which was to be there. So we
took him up & went . They said on the posters "Seat 1000" and honestly
I doubt if they could crowd 75 in.
The tailor of Hartland Mr. Blitz went to
the circus and he came up to where I was and said "Are these the
seats." You know he paid a dime extra for a reserved seat.
It was a regular swindle though we had lots
of fun going & coming. There were three girls and about 10 boys.
I haven't said a word about our wheels yet. They got here in good condition.
The roads are pretty fair. It's 9.30 now. I guess I will go in-to the house
& see if I can have a little more fun.
Love to all
July 19 - 1884
We have not done much since Geo. wrote; I have got
a good book which I read a good deal.
Tom and Sam Buckner are up here - they were both
here last year . They are five singers and do a great deal of fine singing.
Some of the boys went over to visit the campers
from Milwaukee and they showed the boys around and told them to come
again. I didn't go to the camp with the boys, but instead drove to Hartland
with Charlie to buy some rope for my hammock.
Geo. says as he has not yet recd. an answer concerning
that "Flobert rifle" and as the boy is going away early tomorrow morning
he will purchase it.
He would have to pay just double the sum asked by
the boy if he bought one in the city.
Jake Wineman and I went to Hartland and had our
pictures taken together and seperately - which I enclose.
You said that when we wanted money to asked for
it. The money I had is almost all gone, so will you please send me some
Miss Nettie has been sick for a couple of days and
I tell you we miss her very much but she is able to be out now.
If I want to send the letter this A.M. I must close
Your Affec't Son
Hartland July 25 / 84
Your letter of the 23rd recd.
Folks are coming and going all the time.
We played ball this P.M. with Rice's folks.
We only had time to play five innings when it threatened rain and we had
Tell Father that we recd his letter containing the
money to pay Mr. R. and also the five dollars to us for which we are very
much obliged. I will enclose rect. if I don't forget it before I send the
letter which I probably shall.
They are having a dance in t he house now
but as I haven't written for some time I thought maybe if I wrote to-night
I could get it mailed early in the morning. I didn't miss all the fun in
the house though I danced in the Virginia Reel and had some of
the Base Ball lemonade furnished by "We Boys"
You mentioned in your letter a Miss Leela Moore
- who is she?
I hope Auntie is better; it is too bad that she
We have three violinists with their instruments
up here and the are all good players so we do not lack music.
I ripped two pr. of pants horribly & tried
to sew them up. The first pair I sewed I put the stitches about half
or three quarters of an inch apart and didn't pull the thread tight for
fear of puckering it. The consequence was that it was almost as bad as
before. The only difference being that there were threads stretched across;
making it look like a prison
cell window with bars across.
It is about eleven o'clock and Don is in bed and
Geo coming. I guess I had better close.
With much love to all.
Your Affectionate Son
July 30 / 84
Your letter of this week (I have mislaid it) and
Mother's of the 28 recd.
About going to Eagle lake. I rather think
for the short time we would have to stay and being so well satisfied here
and also taking into acct. the expense, we had better not go. Although
you wish us to, why, we are perfectly willing to go, as I know we would
have a good time with the family together.
There are five boys from the Milwaukee High School
camping upon Rices land and as soon as we got acquainted with them
we found they were all nice fellows. Monday night they came up and asked
me to come down and sleep with them in their tent. Of course I accepted
and had a daisy time.
One of the boys got to sleep before the rest of
us and about 11.30 we took his watch out of his pocket and set it to
a quarter of six and put the lantern outside so it would look like the
sun rising and then woke him up and told him to get breakfast. But the
joke of it was he had been awake all the time and the first thing he said
was - "O you darn idiots; bring that lantern in and give me my watch
and go to sleep." There were five pretty sheepish looking individuals
in that tent.
The next thing of interest is a dance at Rices
to-morrow evening, to which all the young people of Rudberg's are invited.
The last thing of interest was a hay-ride last
night almost to Lakeside, stopping at Harland and getting two dishes of
We have lots of music out here. Three violins
a zither and a piano.
How much are you paying for butter in town. We
get it for 14 cents here.
With lots of love,
Aug 10th 1884
Sunday - P.M.
Friday night we had a dance in return for the
one Rice's gave us. I didn't partake although I helped pay for the musicians
and ate my share of the ice-cream. Geo. danced over half the dances
on the program and didn't get to bed till nearly 2.30 A.M.
We are going to play the Lakeside in a game of
ball Tuesday they having challenged us.
There is a young lady here by the name of Miss
Nellie Cochrane who was a schoolmate of Belle's at Rockford and having
resided at Riverside knows Mr. Henry Ford, Teddie Bliss, "Fattie"
and the rest of the family. She is a very pleasant and pretty young lady.
We rec'd the letter of Fathers containing the bill
and we're glad it came when it did as the expense for the musicians was
much greater than was anticipated. I will enclose one of the programs.
Also rec'd your letter of Friday and will say concerning
the matter that it is very pleasant, being rather cold in the morning but
warm during the day.
I milk one or two cows every evening and yesterday
I milked three.
Geo. went to Oconomowoc yesterday with Mr. Wallace
who has a horse and buggy here. He said they had a good time.
Our candy is not gone yet and we have several
lemons left, and in good condition.
I will close now as I have a chance to send the
letter by a team gong now.
With lots of love
NOTE: PARTIAL LETTER ON
TABLING AND SPIRITUALISM
IS INCLUDED IN GEORGE'S LETTERS
AT ERBzine 1096
LETTERS SENT HOME FROM YALE 1887
March 9 - 1887
Your letter of Sunday (6) to Geo. recd. to-day.
Of course I didn't know the substance of the girl's
letters - so I should certainly have to agree with you.
What I took exception to was that Geo. especially
accused them of some scheme just from the fact of their writing to you,
without regard to the contents of the letters.
Wouldn't be as much surprised to hear that Belle
had some motive, however, as to hear that Nell did. Would you?
If I was in your place I wouldn't think
of having them at the house, Mother dear, until I felt able not only physically
and pecuniarily, but also felt that it would be a pleasure all around
(Sentiments of H.S.B.)
How is Uncle Henry getting on? Surely there
must be some situation by this time.
We passed German all right and are now in dread
of Chemistry and English.
Are the Grant and LaSalle clubs really going
to unite? What is the world (political world) coming to?
Glad to hear Pa is blooming out as a public speaker.
In a few years we will have him and Geo. lecturing around the country
(while you and I go to the Opera!)
Am glad that Grandma is better and do hope
she will be entirely well before long.
I rec'd a nice letter from Fred yesterday.
If I say good night now, will have time to
hear a very interesting lecture on Legal Tender in the M.A.
I know you will excuse me for any good cause.
Your loving son Harry
June 13 - '87
As our recitations cease to-day 3.30 P.M.
I celebrated by taking a ride with Lou Sweetser yesterday and so was
unable to write at the usual time.
We left here about 9.30 A.M. for Waterbury; the
land of nickel matches and also, as we observed while there, of
pretty damsels (compared with "New Haven")
The roads are hilly and sandy after you get about
twelve miles out of New Haven. Waterbury is nearer Heaven than any
town of its size. I ....
Sorry I can't write more but must go to Analytics. The last
one thank you
June 20 - 1887
Was unable to write yesterday owing to an examination
which came this morning and which had to be studied up. We just finished
it and now I have a few minutes before dinner. The subject was Analytics,
one of those which Mac was conditioned on last year and which I am pretty
sure of getting.
One more exam (Med.) and Friday we hear whether
or no we have passed in the various studies.
Ed and Phil may be home by this time. Their commencement
came on the 17th and if they had intended to come to New Haven to take
their exams, they would probably have written me, but as I haven't heard
from either for a couple of weeks, I judge they will take them in Chicago.
There was a great time here last Friday, due to
the unveiling and dedicating ceremonies of the Soldier and Sailor's
monument (on E. Rock Park)
Although the President "was unable to attend"
some of the "big guns" such as Sheridan, Sherman and many other prominent
men were here and the affair was quite a success.
The G.A.R. ran things and turned out in large numbers.
The survivors of the Mexican war grow fewer and
fewer every time there is a parade. This time they numbered about a
One pretty feature ws introduced in the procession. There were 38
'buses' each one highly decorated and filled with Sunday School girls in
white dresses. One barge for each state. We don't know, as yet, where
we will room next year, but want to get nearer the Campus.
As everyone has the same idea of the situation of
rooms, it is rather difficult to find a place.
Dinner Calls me,
New Haven Nov 22
Envelope with New Haven Nov 23 postmark ~ back of envelope has Chicago
26 postmark received)
I am, as you may know, right-handed by nature, but
am now left handed by compulsion; Cause -- a boil on my "dexter flipper".
Our landlady, or rather boarding house keeper, where
we take our meals (38 c ???) on finding that I practiced it myself, insisted
on my letting her take charge of it, which I did, and to-day we opened
and "squoze" it in true surgical style. It hurt. I have
often longed to know what a boil feels like.
This left hand work is no fun.
(Bottom of page shows practice writing of "Mrs. Geo T. Burroughs" presumably
before addressing the envelope)
SHEET ONE ONLY
Apr. 14, 1888
A letter from Father now received this morning which
Geo now has in his pocket. As to the whereabouts of the owner of said pocket
& haven't the slightest idea so will not attempt to answer the letter
(if indeed it needs answering). I know Father will criticize my business
methods in not informing him by letter that I had expressed the parts of
my wheel which Frank wanted, but it slipped my mind at the time, and would
occur to me only when engaged in something more important. I slipped it
on the 11th to Geo T. Burroughs
25 S. Canal St.
C/O Abel Amer & Co.
and valued at $25.00
George and I both passed our Calculus exam
which is by far the most difficult study we have had so far, and I have
taken up in its stead "Analytical Mechanics". In German we are
reading Prince Bismark's speech of Feb 6 - 1888 and find it comparatively
easy. Prof. Wheeler says he is having us read it in order to get
a practical illustration of what we have accomplished in the study by reading
in his own language the opinion of Germany's principal statesman and military
leader concerning the present political status of Europe.
Being able to translate something of importance like this speech
is as gratifying as to find in our surveying some practical application
for the propositions and formulae of Geometry and Trigonometry,
over which we spent so many hours without knowing why until now.
Tell Frank he will have to get the necessary
screws at the St. Nicholas Mills if he wants to use the brake as I
have put the original ones in such a safe place that I cant find them.
If George failed
to write Ed about his cyclometer please say to him that a 56" cyclometer
on a 46" wheel would register a mile every 4337.13 feet ridden if I have
figured correctly. Perhaps if he has
had proportion it would be good policy for him to use the cyclom and figure
out by proportion his days of mileage. I want both of them to have the
pedal mount by the time we get home.
No one has accepted my offer of a nice flannel shirt
and blazer and if the dude to whom they were offered us too proud to write
for them perhaps I can sell them here.
We have nearly all of our old men in the '90
boat now and have little brushes with the Varsity once in a while reminding
us forcibly of last Spring when we spent some of the pleasantest days of
I never expect to have such good times again as
we had there. We go to the training table for dinner do day and will be
there until the Spring races (probably May 12) when we hope to win another
flag although we will have the hardest kind of work to get it as there
will be four crews entered i.e.
Varsity '89 - '90 -'91 although if the Varsity win as they are pretty
sure to do - the flags will probably go to the first class even in. We
elected Ish Newell (a North Side Chicagoan) captain last week and if we
dont win it wont be his fault.
Love to Nell and the boys
Tuesday May 8 - 1888
As this terms tuition has been due for some time
and one or two other amounts including Spring suit, will shortly have to
be paid I wish you would please send the remainder of our allowance which
I believe you have placed at two hundred dollars ($200.00) each although
we are only entitled to one eighty five ($185.00) I think. Well that
extra $15 wont come amiss, I'll state. I wish you were here, Father, to
advise us (the members of our Society) about a move we are about to
make, concerning the renting of a house to live in. We have one
picked out and have conferred with our Alumni about it, but they wish us
to run it alone. The house is a fine one, just completed and in a very
desirable situation for us. The furnace is a hot-air and steam one and
in addition to this most of the rooms are furnished with fireplaces ( a
students delight). The parlors and wide hall-way when furnished, (which
our Alumni have promised to do for us) will be as cosy and home-like as
any one could desire.
The owner wishes us to take a lease for ten months,
and asks eighty five ($85.00) dollars a month for the house. The gas is
to be lighted by electricity throughout the house. In fine the whole outfit
is just what we want and is modern, a thing that can be said of
very few New Haven houses. The rent seems high to you probably, and would
be in Chicago, but seems to be quite reasonable here where everything in
the way of articles of necessity comes high and luxuries are rather cheap.
The owner is very reasonable in his demands and will, I think, lease it
to us undergraduates although only two are of age. Geo. and I have picked
out two adjoining rooms, south windows, one for sitting room and study
(although most of our loafing will be done in the parlor) and the other
for bedroom. This will be an improvement on sleeping in our study as we
are doing now, from a sanitary if not a financial point of view.
Hope to be able to tell you next time I write home that
we have secured the house and also that '90 has won the race although the
latter is very doubtful. I will probably be in the boat though as
my finger is better.
Your affectionate Son
LETTERS FROM CHICAGO TO TARZANA
Concerning the grief over the
serious illness of son Studley's child.
COVERING NOTE FROM
MOTHER on Tarzana Ranch Letterhead
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Van Nuys California
Telephone Van Nuys 100
I am sending Harry's letters as they will give
you a better idea of conditions than anything I could write.
National Life Insurance Company
29 South La Salle Street
Mar 21 1920
My Dear Mother.
Dr. Baxter was here
again yesterday and among other things told us to keep Baby out of doors
as much as possible, the weather having moderated considerably.
Her long spell of sleeplessness
and refusal to take sufficient food, was broken by 17 hours sleep at one
stretch Saturday night, interrupted only for her night feeding and taking
the full eight oz. of milk this morning.
Today Evie and I had her out 3 1/2 hours,
one hour and forty minutes of which she slept. We returned at 4 P.M. when
she ate with apparent relish some meat and vegetable soup and a fair
sized saucer of apricot pulp, finishing up (in her Cariole)
with almost all her bottle of milk.
At 6.45 she went to sleep
and is sleeping soundly now, 9 o'clock, so I am quite confident she will
see marked improvement in t he morning.
I was glad to be at Louie
when Dr. Baxter came yesterday afternoon. Was most favorably impressed.
Our opinion was confirmed yesterday
morning in a conversation I had with Mr. Johnson. When I told him of Baby's
illness he immediately asked what physician we had. When I told him he
said, "You have the best on the North Side."
Dr. Baxter tells us there
is no cause for worry; but we worry nevertheless. I presume, if we had
had as much experience with babies as he has we wouldn't even think of
Her loss of weight (eighteen
ounces last week), her listlessness, and apathy; approaching at times a
semi comatose condition, have given us much concern. You will realize
the change in her when I tell you she has not smiled in over a week;
interest cannot be aroused by her toys or by any of the stunts I used to
do to amuse her. She simply turns her head away.
She is no longer interested
in my arrival at night and refuses to let me carry her. She wants
(wife Ella) to hold her and no one else; and lies with
her eyes closed most of the time.
There is one encouraging factor -- she has had
no fever to amount to anything. The highest has been 99 3/5. Following
Dr. Baxter's instructions I bought a clinical thermometer as he wishes
her temperature taken 3 times daily and a record kept. I presume this,
as much as anything, guides him in his assertion that Baby's condition
is not serious.
Right here I want to apologize for the fact that
we have not written more frequently since you left. The Baby's birthday
celebration followed by this illness used up all the time between sleep
and sleep. As Baby wouldn't let me carry her, I have tried to be helpful
in other ways, and usually it would be eleven o'clock, and no letters written,
before the household was ready to settle down. Will try and do better from
It is always easier to find time when there is something
cheerful to write anyway.
Nellie is a marvel! She thrives without sleep,
without rest and would, I verily believe, gain in weight and be cheerful
and happy if, in addition, she went without food.
Your dandy letter about Studley was most welcome.
In the same mail we received one from him equally cheerful and together
they served to brighten a rather melancholy household.
Nellie learned today from Joe Neaba, that
Mrs. Mikleman, Louise and Edith's mother, died suddenly of heart
failure last night.
Evelyn and Jack Tosh have gone out somewhere
this evening -- nothing serious
you understand, as the man said who shot himself in the mouth and couldn't
find the bullet.
Have been trying to think of something cheerful
to wind up with, but as the sad news about Mrs. Mikleman is the
only result of my efforts. I might as well say good night.
I don't believe there is anything cheerful in
the world anyway, or if there is I don't expect to find it until
little Mary is her sunshiny self again.
Good night, Mother dear, with a world of love
to you and to all the other dear ones at Tarzana,
P.S. Nellie's (wife Ella) mental condition, due to loss of sleep, is
clearly indicated by the fact that she just asked me how to spell John.
National Life Insurance Company
29 South La Salle Street
March 23 1920
My Dear Mother:
Baby developed alarming symptoms Monday, yesterday
morning, going into convulsions. Dr. Baxter immediately made two tests
and the others for spinal meningitis.
If his clinical diagnosis of tubercular spinal
meningitis is correct, there is no hope for our little baby, as there is
no known cure for this malady.
The tubercular test, unfortunately has proved positive
and we are breathlessly awaiting the result of the other.
This morning he drew a test tube of fluid from her spinal column,
which I immediately took over to the Univ. of Ill. Medical School and left
to be tested. We may know the result this evening. Whatever it is I
am going to ask to have Dr. Abt call in consultation. We will then have
the two leading Child Specialists of Chicago, doing their utmost. Dr. Abt
is the one who has attended Carl Meyers children and pulled Rosa Mayers
little girl through when hope had been practically given up.
Am going to send Studley a night letter tonight
to prepare him for the awful eventuality which seems so imminent.
We are hoping and praying that the clouds
may lift and our little darling be spared to brighten all our lives.
She has not recognized any of us since Sunday. By
dint of patience Nellie has managed to get her to take nourishment,
although invariably she pushes the bottle or spoon away first, and much
coaxing is required.
Last night we took turns sitting up with her
as we cannot leave her alone a minute on account of the irregular recurrence
of the convulsions. These are not, to my mind, severe ones. There
is a constriction of the muscles of the throat, an unnaturally wide opening
of the eyes, and markings appear on the face and neck and the little hands
tremble and turn purple. They do not last long and then there is no tendency
to bend the head backward or the legs, as I have always understood was
customary in spinal meningitis.
She sleeps a great deal and her temperature ,
while over 101 yesterday, is now 100 degrees.
Nellie tells me she just took several ounces of
milk from her bottle, naturally although yesterday it was necessary to
feed her with a spoon.
We are hanging on every tiny favorable symptom for
it doesn't seem possible that this awful nightmare can be reality.
Rest assured, Mother dear, everything possible has
been and will be done. I know I have the very best medical talent, and
you know what painstaking care will be given her day and night, between
the doctors' visits.
Dr. Baxter assured Nellie this morning that, whether the laboratory
test proved positive or not, they would not relax their efforts in fighting
to save her.
There is nothing to add now. I may be able to insert
the result of the meningitis test before mailing this.
Our hearts are like lead and we seem to be moving
in a dream.
Your good letter came to-day and its note of flowers
and sunshine was like music from another world, totally outside our own
With love and hope
A Somber Footnote:
The child, Mary Burroughs died on March 31 ~ age 1 year, 3 days.
The child's father, Harry's son, Studley, who had lost his wife
in childbirth went into severe depression and had problems with alcohol
for the rest of his life.
Harry's mother, Mary Evaline Burroughs died at son Edgar's Tarzana
Ranch on April 5, 1920.
Some of her final letters -- written on March 12 and March 27, 1920
are featured in ERBzin-e 932 at:
NOTE TO GEORGE AT BURLEY, IDAHO ~ 1926
~ CONCERNING EVELYN'S WEDDING AND CHANGES IN CHICAGO
Comments on Raft River Days
Jackson Park Sta. Chicago, Ill - 10 AM 1926
Feb. 9 - 1926
Check received and order placed for the two (important)
articles needed to start Evie off right on her silver moon.
1/2 doz boullion spoons
1/2 doz oyster forks
I know she will be delighted with them.
It was very gracious of you and Edna to add to her
happiness in this way.
She has had, or is to have, a total of eleven
showers, luncheons and entertainments, but as her mother sees that
she sleeps late mornings (hushing me up if I talk too loudly) she is as
bright as a cricket and having the time of her life.
Was very much interested
in the Monitor article about Deacon Edmund Rice.
It fits in nicely with
the genealogy Ed sent us - of which I presume you have a copy.
If not let me know and I will supply the deficiency. Do you want the Monitor
article returned? If you wish to preserve it let me know. Am holding
it to show Studley.
You would not know Chicago if you were to drop in.
It is too bad you can't all come to the wedding and see the changes
that have taken place since you were last here.
The old Palmer House is no more. The new
structure facing on Wabash and Monroe is in full swing, and now that the
old building has been razed, the other half of the proposed ensemble will
soon rise on its ruins.
Then will be three entrances, State, Wabash and
Monroe, all opening into a large central lobby, when the new hotel is finally
The new Stevens Hotel - same Stevens' as the silk merchant owners
of Hotel La Salle and holders of stock in the Monraine Mining Company
-- is under construction on t he corner of Michigan and 7th St.s -- just
across 7th St. from the Blackstone. Another huge hotel (25 stories) is
planned for the corner of 7th and Wabash. On the former site of the old
Battle of Gettysburg panorama (That is surely getting back into ancient
Dexel Boul has been widened clear through
to 22nd Street and then sweeps in a graceful curve over a concrete viaduct
spanning the Illinois Central tracks, to the outer drive, which follows
past the Field Museum to Monroe St. (at present). Ultimately it will extend
due north from that point, crossing the river at its mouth and join the
North Shore outer drive. Mackie Drive (old South Water St.) is nearing
completion. It is double decked and swings in to Mich Boul. at the Link
The Strauss Building, on the site of the old
Stratford hotel, the Tribune Towers, The New 1st Methodist Church building
on Clark and Washington, the 47 story addition to the Morrison Hotel are
only a few of the many new structures.
I am acquiring quite a reputation as a liar around
here by the amazingly simple expedient of telling the truth.
It seems that the New Palmer House received,
just before its formal opening, 30 tons of silver for its various dining
rooms, lunch rooms and banquet halls. I had this direct from the manager
of the main lunch room, who helped superintend the unpacking and placing
of the various articles. Later it was corroborated by another employer,
who looks honest.
No one believes this story when I tell it and now obligation
attaches to you ot give it credence. In fact I no longer expect anyone
to believe it.
Carlton, my future son in law, doubts my story
of the drive well on our ranch on Raft River and takes no pains to conceal
his doubts. Says he absolutely requires corroboration from some one who
saw the point on the pipe come up out of the ground
If you or Lew remember it you can save my reputation
by backing me up. I will even withdraw all claim I may (and certainly do)
have on the bear/bean? shooter story, if you will back me up in
You may have all credit for falling off the kitchen
tale with the historic bear/bean blower in your mouth, (provided
Ed and Coleman will relinquish their claims) if you will rally to my assistance
in the story of the parabolic drive well pie, whose joint started toward
the center of the Earth (Pellucidar) and ended by pointing at the stars.
An affidavit, properly signed and acknowledged
would probably be required to convince the young man, though a simple statement
would help some. Are Lew and Claire still living in or near Burley, and
if so, what is Lew doing? Bob Leay is now president of
the National Life Ins. Co., Mr. Johnson having taken the position of Chairman
of the Board of Directors on account of his health.
Our Company will probably be merged with two others
and our identity lost in a new name -- also I will lose my title of Secretary
which doesn't mean much anyway; as Mr. Johnson is also returning as president
of our company to serve as chairman of its board, which is merely a polite
way of holding the reins while some one else does the work.
This rambling epistle is intended for both of you
as I just noticed that letter enclosing check is signed "Edna".
I read it so hurriedly at the office I didn't notice
the signature although I recall thinking "George's handwriting is changing
and he has swiped some of my stationery."
Most abject and humble apology, Edna.
Nellie will probably (yes, certainly) write you
all about "our" wedding when she has time ot come up for air. She is attending
all the showers, &c, as the girls insist that she is one of them.
Love to all, not overlooking our handsome nephew,
BILL HILLMAN .
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