Mr. Hulbert Burroughs
#9 Clark Hall
Post Mark: Los Angeles, Calif ~ 4:30 PM ~ Oct 17, 1929
October 15, 1929
Dear Hulbert: -
This is my first letter to you at college, my son, and it will be filled
with much advice and good learning from your brother who has lived, and
studied deeply the subtle ways of men -- which after all are not so hidden
and subtle as they are human! "Flattery is most beguiling so let it tempt
thee not, my lad!" -- Those are the very words which lie buried deeply
in the scriptures , Doakes, 1:2 -- as you no doubt now recall.
But let us return to earthly things, in fact let us dwell for the time
only in our galaxy.
Doubtless you received my postcard from Mr. Wilson. It was a very interesting
outing. I took many notes upon the back of some P.T.A. printed matter on
Mr. Hage's lecture, Friday evening. The lecture ws made in the dark --
likewise my notes. I intended to write the whole thing up when I got home,
but, strangely, I cannot decipher my hieroglyphics sufficiently as yet.
As far as I could tell Mr. Hage has not changed his talk much since last
summer when you, Judson, and I marvelled at his vast knowledge of astronomy
and clever wit; -- extent of universe, milky way, moon, shovelling snow
off domes and remark about -- fun for a little while, bringing lense? up
road and the gentleman who hurriedly descended from his perch on top of
mirror when driver decided to take short cut (laughs). He also received
much laughter and became instantly popular with his "passing away" remark
-- 'member when he stated that after we look thru eyepiece we then "pass
away" -- Ha - ha- hooie!
However ins spite of himself, it was instructive and I shall continue
to stare and study my data off it.
After the lecture we all went out to lookout point to view the lights.
I didn't get the thrill that I got before, naturally. Nevertheless, it
was beautiful, and stupendous but really slightly cloudy. I was glad to
hear Mr. Davis tell us all to go to bed as it was then about 11:30 I guess
and I was tired. I roomed in a cabin with Kenneth Knudson and another boy.
We flipped for beds and I slept singly, thank gosh! They tussled around
in bed for about half an hour and then (quite animal like) fell asleep.
Along about two o'clock "Cothworths?" Barney awoke us. Kenneth shrieked
for him to get into bed -- he vanished. Next morning some old maid teacher
who followed after spread the tale that Barney was visiting the girls (Anna
Scott, Kate Dryden, etc.) in his pajamas. Coteswort pretends he's quite
disgusted still -- it being now around in school -- but I believe I have
told you my views on the subtle ways of men!
Janette and Barney rode with Bob Holloway's Ford -- rumble seat after
game -- both looked quite dishevelled. It brought to my mind when she and
Dick went to big fives? with us. We visited both observatories. In Pasadena
we went thru the factory where they made the big 100 inch lense. I tried
to take in all I could of the different machines, tools, etc. but the period
of time between 12 o'clock and 5 o'clock is not much time to sleep and
my brain was more foggy than usual. (Sunrise at 6 o'clock, you know --
all must rise in time to dress)
So much for that!
Hi-y- meeting last night -- Hooie!
Magician demonstrated in assembly today -- getting out of ropes, cutting
strings, mind reading, slates, Hooie!
I have a lot of work to do, it's piling up -- no hooie~ I imagine you
have to, so I'll say adios.
See you soon.
P.S. Fights are tomorrow night. "Speedy Ponce (undefeated) fights Kid
Hooie (also undefeated) I think it might e good.