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#0003: Willa Cather to Helen Louise Stevens Stowell, August 28, 1889

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FARM LOANS NEGOTIATED. WELL SECURED NOTES BOUGHT. INSURANCE WRITTEN. OFFICE OF
C. F. CATHER3,
REAL ESTATE AND LOAN BROKER,
OFFICE: over First National Bank.
Red Cloud. Neb.2, Aug 28 1889 My Dear Mrs. Stowell1,

We were all much alarmed by the report that dear little Alice4 had been bitten by a mad dog, pray is it true and how is she? We heard that you had taken her to Boston5, from another quarter that you went of to New York6, again that you were at the sea side and lastley that you had gone to Paris7 to see Pasture'8. Which is correct and at which quater of the globe shall I next address you? I have been studying Greek this summer and have enjoyed it very much, I like it even better than Latin though it is harder for me. I have been reading a good many of Bulwer Lyttons9 & Dickens10 novels. Did you ever read "The Light of Asia"11 by Edwin Arnold12? It if is a masterpiece in its way. Who is or "On the Hights"13 by? FARM LOANS NEGOTIATED. WELL SECURED NOTES BOUGHT. INSURANCE WRITTEN. OFFICE OF
C. F. CATHER,
REAL ESTATE AND LOAN BROKER,
OFFICE: over First National Bank.
Red Cloud. Neb.,
2 by the way have you read Haggards14 latest work "Cleopatra"15? You must for though it has some decided faults it has some acual virtues and is the best thing he has written so far.

The Firemans State Tournament16 that met here was a big affair. Mrs Sill17 had an art exhibition of which I send you a catalouge. Roscoe18 was foreman of the Tomlinson19 Juvenile Hook and Ladder Co. which called fourth so much applause. The visiting firemen made a pure of $18.00 and gave it to the little fellows, really it was of a fine run, Roscoe & Douglas20 pulled off the ladder (a 16 ft ladder) and held it up in the air while John Cumings21 mounted it. Gov Thayer22 said it was the best FARM LOANS NEGOTIATED. WELL SECURED NOTES BOUGHT. INSURANCE WRITTEN. OFFICE OF
C. F. CATHER,
REAL ESTATE AND LOAN BROKER,
OFFICE: over First National Bank.
Red Cloud. Neb.,
3 run made and he would have come all the way from gr Grand Island23 to have seen it alone, all the papers in the county blew about it. they ran 100 yds. & mounted a 16 ft. ladder in 21 1/2 seconds.

Do you take the Republican24? I wish you did as I am on of the staff reporters25 and gaurentee it to be the newsiest paper printed in town, you know I have a natural propensity for knowing the business of the town in general. Doctor McKeeby26 is editor and that insures the intellectual & political to items as first class, if you want to know all the social ins & outs, Take the Republican, only $1.00 a year and remember that I am an agent allways ready to recieve FARM LOANS NEGOTIATED. WELL SECURED NOTES BOUGHT. INSURANCE WRITTEN. OFFICE OF
C. F. CATHER,
REAL ESTATE AND LOAN BROKER,
OFFICE: over First National Bank.
Red Cloud. Neb.,
4 subscriptions. Mrs. Stowell I have been to fifteen picnics in Garber27 grove28 this summer. and such fun. Mr. Harris29, the man who takes Mr. Welches30 place at the depot looks just like Mr Beechey31, one can hardly tell them apart, he is very soft on Nellie Wener32 (I mean Nellie Adelshime you know), soft did I say? is there no word which means softer than soft? it is posatively awful, they will stand in Weiners33 store when any one is in there and hold each other hands and kiss, last night I went rushing into their parlor, I never knock you know, and he lay on the sofa with his head in her lap, she had her cheek laid against his, her "ivory fingers toying with his raven locks, which are rather thin on top of his head.

FARM LOANS NEGOTIATED. WELL SECURED NOTES BOUGHT. INSURANCE WRITTEN. OFFICE OF
C. F. CATHER,
REAL ESTATE AND LOAN BROKER,
OFFICE: over First National Bank.
Red Cloud. Neb.,
5At the last picnic in the grove Mrs Jester34 lost a spoon, when she asked if I had seen it I glowered at Nell & Harris & remarked "No, but there are more "spoons" than one in this grove" he only laughed and kissed her. Bah! some women are like a wet sponge, just let a man squeeze them once and all the sense they ever had runs out off. (the metaphor is more true than elegant) The late cantata "Queen Esther"35 was very good36, Jess37 Roscoe & Douglas took part. Jess was Zerash's38 child, Bessie39 made her costume and it was very pretty.

The probabilities are that Mr Hougton40 will be married soon to the star41 of his Amorous existance.

Carry Miner42 is in Chicago43 with her father44.

FARM LOANS NEGOTIATED. WELL SECURED NOTES BOUGHT. INSURANCE WRITTEN. OFFICE OF
C. F. CATHER,
REAL ESTATE AND LOAN BROKER,
OFFICE: over First National Bank.
Red Cloud. Neb.,
6I was in Superior45 for a week in July. Next week the Omaha46 & Superior Base ball teams play at Superior. Mary47 & Hugh Miner48 & I will probably go down.

But I fear you will say like a friend of mine in Florida49, "My dear your letter would no doubt be delightful if one could only read them." Beside that there is a dance in Garber grove tonight & I guess we will go, they have a fine platform down under the trees. Bess & Mollie50 send love to Gorgie51.

Yours Truly Willa Cather

P.S. Jess said to tell Alice how we have missed her at our picnics this summer. Roscoe & Douglas had a drama in our the barn this afternoon. over they rendered "Robinson Crusoe"52 to a large and apreciative audience.