1416 Larkin St.,
Jan. 29, 87
My dear Mother,
It seems a very long time since I wrote you last and now this letter
begun in Jan. is being written in Feb. 1.
I received your letter, with the birch-bark envelope
today. Tell Chas. that I think he got too much mucilage on the white
envelope, for I could not get the letter out without tearing it.
Still, the envelope was passed around and admired. Mrs. Koh__a_ was
here. Walked home with Miss Smith the other day; she sent her love
to you. Becky B. was that girl with Bertha H. where we met them that
day, near the school. No, her picture is not with ours. She is in
Miss Thompson’s class. I hope you will go to Bath and have a good
time. You could put your rigoletts in your pocket and wear if you
were too cold after you got there. Ladies wear them here to the
theater and all around. How’d you let Mrs. __er examine it closely
for she would have to comment on the many mistakes in it. Mr. Hoovan
is delighted 2. with his clothes. When he put them on for his wife
to admire, and of course she asked him the price. He answered,
“$65-,” and she said, “This isn’t “bad.” But of course you have
received his letter by this time.
Auntie is feeling pretty well except that she has
been having bad head- ache for a few days past. To-day she has none.
The knee still continues to improve. The doctors al- ways speak
French when they are working over it but Mary said that when Dr. M.
saw it, he seemed 3. very much surprised and pleased. He had not
been up for about a week and so was astonished. They took the
measure of the knee, and Auntie said, “I like to see you do that,
for that seems as if I would be up soon.” The doctor, “We shall
see,” in his quiet way, so we are no wiser. So auntie wrote you that
I was doing better. Well, don’t know that I am. I have never done
badly. Of course Auntie knew that I was not so interested as I was
with Miss Smith, but did not the result (being No.1) show that I had
done my duty? 4. I have been to the T__oli with Mr. Swain lately and
he wants me to go next Sat. eve. too, but in the afternoon, Lolita
and I are going to see Clara Morris. She is “a dollar-and a-half”
actress, and when casually mentioned to the girls at school that I
was going to see her, there was a chorus of “Your are a lucky girl”
from the band. I think so too. No one knows it better.
Now the explosions do not bother me much. People
ride on the cars just the same whenever they feel like it. I have
heard but 5. one, the Post St. explosion.
Auntie heard the Cliff
House, in the night, but thought it was the beginning of an
earthquake. Sutro’s gardens were not damaged any, except that some
of the statues on the outside, on the rocks, were shaken up a
little. The papers raised a great hue and cry about it though. Sutro
owns the Cliff House and all around it you know. I was out there the
Sunday after the explosion and also Sun. before the last, and the
seals were as lively as ever. So Mrs. Johnston is grumbling. Well if
she is not 6. satisfied in Cal. And especially in Pasadena, I am
afraid she can’t be any- where. To be sure there hasn’t been any
rain this winter (clear, bright, sunny days all of time) and the
papers are raising a great fuss about sickness, and talk of closing
the schools for a month, but that ought not to worry Mrs. J. She has
no any children in school.
They came around to-day with circulars asking the
teachers how many of the scholars had any one sick with diphtheria
in the family; and there 7. was not one case. We have begun the
Study of Hamlet, and it is so interesting. Mrs. Atwood is very fine
in literature. Political Economy also, she makes interesting. We
have Miss Jenett, now to explain to us, the mathematical parts of
the astronomy. Geometry is such a help to us in understanding that
I guess Chas. was about right in saying. “think
some- thing.” That has worried me a considerable, I’ll admit. Yes, I
often thought how Gusta would spin the dudes around, if she were
here-“She would 8. show them.” I often long for her, but laugh to
myself to think how she would make the boys stand around. She would
be a great favorite here, I know that much. I have and envelope all
stamped and directed, for her, but no one can tell when I shall
write. Carrie sent me a letter yesterday, in which she said that she
had written four letters since my last one, and I believe her, __tch
that I am! Well, “Such is life in the Far West,” is my only excuse.
It was very nice of Chas. to make me that envelope; 9. I will
remember it, even when I get home, I am ever inclined to quarrel
with him. He must re- mind me of if I don’t. I shall take it to
school to-morrow to exhibit it. I am sorry to hear that Mrs. J.C.A.
is so poorly. Mr. Atwood must feel very badly. Do you know, he and
Uncle are very much alike in their manners toward their wives, but
of course, Uncle is the better. Must close now to study “_____”