Walter E. Dandy Letter 10/27/08

1323 E. 5th St.

Sedalia, Mo.

October 27, 1908

My Dear Son,

…You may be sure we enjoy reading your letters and especially where there is any praise attached to it. When Papa comes to the place in your letter where you were called up by Dr. Barker and answered his question he says let us read that over again. He says that does me more good than anything, to hear of him surprising those fellows.…

I was glad your suit was nice and fitted fine. You wear it and dress nice. A person don't look well in shabby clothes. You ought to get your hat cleaned and put in a nice shape. I think it would look nice on you for a change.…

Haven't seen any of the English people since you went away, and haven't seen any of B.'s since Stanley and his mother were here and consequently have not much gossip to tell you.…

Saw in the paper where engineer Bohon took the bankruptcy. He met Papa this morning downtown, and wanted to borrow $75 of him. Papa told him he would have some trouble to get it. He said he would get it somewhere. He got Hoffman for $350 and Fireman Smallwood for $50 and a time clerk at Franklin for $60. The clerk says he will have to pay him, and Smallwood is getting after him. He told Smallwood if he kept quiet he would pay him. He is not a bit ashamed.…

I saw Miss Stanley go past this evening. She thought you ought to have gone out whether it rained or not by the card she sent you. I am afraid you are working too hard. You ought to go to bed early. You must not work too hard, to impair your health. Health first before everything.

It is a great pleasure to us to hear of your work and to hear of you doing so well, and to be able to surprise your teacher. I don't want to give you any hot air but I think it was great. Tell us everything. Don't keep anything back. It is too good to be hid.…

Your loving Mother