Walter E. Dandy Letter 06/22/36

Just received your letters and the new journal. I am happy to know you are all sufficiently occupied to be glad you are in N.H. If our present cold snap is a reflection of the northern climate, you must be freezing. Am now writing in bed with a blanket over me. It was quite humid the day of arrival, but I thought it was more oppressive because of the change. Came through to Baltimore without change, leaving Portland at 9:30. Had a great line of patients waiting at 12 o’clock. Walked up to town in Portland and saw Longfellow’s statue. This time only two stops once or twice before reaching N.Y. Perhaps you can catch this train back. Patients have been coming in hordes since return operating every day.

Do you remember the conversation about Mrs. Duncan? When I got back, I looked up her history and called her home to learn the doctor’s name to respond to him. The phone was always busy. When I got home, the newspaper headlines reported her death from pneumonia in Louisville. They weren’t greatly convinced with my advice. Perhaps had I let the doctor come over that night, the result might have been different.

The two remaining members of the family in Baltimore are very lonesome. Poor Fagie is quite disconsolate, he will scarcely eat, he mopes around as though he has lost his best friends. The Malones try to pet and interest him, but with only mediocre success. Even his friend in similar circumstances has little interest. He says he wants the little kiddies! Helen is taking good care of us. The house is very clean in ship shape condition but the noise and chatter, etc., is so absent as to be most depressing. Tell K.L.D. that I should almost be glad to hear some discussion and dissention. Saw your mother and she is much better- almost well. Mother is still quite weak, but think she may be picking up now - I hope so. She won’t move over here. Had dinner with her last night. She missed the big boy and his appetite and the three little girls. I told her about Margaret, the oranges, winking and drinking out of the glass. I miss you all so much. Hope I may get away over the 4th, but there will have to be a big drop in the new arrivals.

Had to go to N.Y. Friday for purposes undisclosable (guess!). Got my long cherished desire – to ride the electric locomotive all the way. What a thrill it was. They insisted on sending a man along to answer question and show the working of the wonderful thing. He was a prince of a fellow – the road foreman. Tell Mary she would have been afraid this time for sure - there wouldn’t have been any dinner for her that night. But it was all a wonderful experience. Wish Walter had been along. Give my love to all and kiss them all – maybe Margaret twice. And tell me how all are getting along. The furniture news was fine. Played golf yesterday first time. How are the flies and caterpillars? Tell Walter there is a photograph of a gypsy moth in the station in Conway Center. I saw it all waiting the half hour.

Love, kisses, and all good wishes to my little family. And most of all, my little girl.

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