Walter E. Dandy Letter 09/26/07

1323 E. 5th St.

Sedalia, Mo.

September 26, 1907

My Dear Son,

Was pleased to receive your letter and postal card yesterday. Was glad to hear you arrived all right. Hope you will like it. It ought to be a nice healthy place on the coast. I would like to see those nice clean steps. It reminded me how they did in England, continually scrubbing the steps and in front of the door.

You be sure and get a good room and board if you have to pay a little higher, but look around where you can get the best for the least money. In Columbia you said you had better meals for $3.50 than what you had been paying $3.75 for.

This Y.M.C.A. book that was sent here to you from Hopkins University, it came after you had gone. Papa was looking through it. He said some places meals were $3.50. Rooms $5 or $6, but you get the best. You will feel better for it.

Papa came in this morning and went out again. He said to tell you he believed he was going to get the $200 and you could have it. I was downtown yesterday. I told them to let you draw on the bank any time you called for it. I deposited $30. I left the book to have it balanced up. Every time you draw any out just let me know so I can always have plenty in there for you. Take good care of yourself and get what you need.

I know there won't be a smarter boy in the University. I am looking forward to something big and glad to know you have the privilege of being at the best University in the country. No place or nothing to good for a good boy.

Papa went down to see Stanley the other day. He was wanting to know if you were going to England after you graduated. Stanley said Dr. Tittsworth was going to Germany to study. Stanley told him he had saved $50 this summer and Tittsworth said that was more than he had saved…. He said it was a privilege to get to Hopkins. He said you had got a fine head on you, you were a smart boy. He couldn't have pleased Papa better if he had given him $50.…

There was a terrible wreck on the Hannibal division. Four was killed. Ed Wingar was one and his brother-in-law, Engineer, and his fireman, and brakeman. Two others were seriously injured. It was the operator's fault. He said he was asleep. If you get the paper, you could get a full account of it.

Write soon and tell us all about your work and workers and how you like it there and if you get good meals.

Your loving Mother