July 31, 1941
Both Jane and I were very sorry to learn
of the necessity of a divorce between you and Florence.
Above all things, believe me, we have wished for
your happiness. Now, as always, we are eager to do any-
thing to help you find in the future the happiness and
contentment you deserve.
I think your idea of building and living in a
house of your own is a good one, although I still cannot
agree with the choice of your location, believing it to
be too darn close to your place of business. I'm afraid
that the worries you will conjure up in the office will
be too readily carried across the alley to your home.
However, if you promise never again to worry I shall agree
to finance the building of your house myself with the
legacy that I have just acquired from the estate of a rich
uncle in Siam. Nuts? Yes Siam.
Seriously, however, since you are a stubborn
cuss and will insist on building here eventually anyway,
after you get back and see how your business is prospering,
I'm going down to talk with Ralph and see if we can't get
started on it before you come home.
Johnny Davis, the model who has been working with
me for several years and whom I liked so much has gone
back to Texas to join the army air corp. Since I need another
model badly for JOHN CARTER in the newspaper feature, I put
an ad in last Sunday's paper for one. You ought to see
what turned up. I stated that I wanted an athlete 6' 3" or
over and the first guy who showed up was a little filipino
about Mike's size. The next bloke was tall enough but he
had a beard and adenoids and his arms looked like a couple
of jointed arrows dangling out of some bony ribs. One
fellow I talked to on the phone, I thought his voice sounded
queer; but he said he'd just had an operation on his sinus.
He sent me his pictures and I think he must have been
upside down when they operated on him. He was the one who
said when I asked him if he was well-muscled: "My muthels
aren't the knotty kind, if thath what you mean - they're
more the flowing type !" They were so flowing that they'd all
flowed off his body.
And so it goes. Yesterday I sent to a model agency
and pored over a bunch of photos. Gorgeous things were
walking all around the agency and I kept forgetting what I
had come there fore. I finally lined up a young man with a
beautiful build and I start work with him tonight. I think
I'll go around to those agencies more often.
Have received and read your masterpiece
entitled "Uncle Miner and Other Relatives". I have not
yet received your letter explaining why and how it was
written, although I presume you were under the influence of
either narcotics or heredity at the time. STOP. GO. It
is very amusing and full of good laughs. I am giving it to
Joan and Hulbert for their edification.
Please keep us informed how you feel and know
that we are thinking of you constantly.