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Well, Neddy, its not half so bad as I feared. They6 are not the infant damnation sort of Presbyterians at all, in
fact their church7 split off from the
other church because of its more liberal 2 interpretation of the creed regarding
predestination and the "summary treatment of infants" as Mr Axtell8 calls it. He means to be a jolly man and is an awfully
nice one, but fun does'nt come natural to him. He has told me all about Lyda's9 over-zeal and their worry over her. He seems to look at it
quite sensibly. But everything is church here. When they have parties they invite
the members of their Sunday
class! 3 I inadvertantly told Mr. Axtell
that my folks10 were Baptists—I
had to say something—and alas, the Baptist minister lives next door and in ten
minutes he had him over and upon me. Pity me! Miss
Rush11, one of Lyla's five thousand seven hundred
cousins, was over to dinner yesterday. She is going to Vassar12 with Lyda this fall and was talking about the work
required in various universities. I told her how many hours I usually carried at 4 the
U U. of N. The dear thing
looked up in sweet surprise and said innocently, "What, how did you ever find time
with your newspaper work13 and church
work?" My church
work, O Neddy! Here every girl has her church work
just as other girls have fans or powder boxes.
We went of an organ recital by William Archer14
at the great Carnegie music hall15
Saturday night. It was great. I never heard Schumann's16 6
"Traumerei"17 on an organ before. The music hall is in
the same huge building with the Carnegie library and art gallery. I thought the U.
of N. Library was
insight[?] nice, but this—its marble from one end to the other and then
the colors and frescoes are just one artistic harmony. It is only a short distance
from the office and they have all the books in the world there I think. And right
near it is the Casino theatre18 and 7 my old friend Pauline
Hall19 plays there all next week. I foresee alas, that I
will not go to the library on matinee afternoons but will slip across to the Casino
to look upon Pauline's glorious anatomy once again. The old Nick is in me Neddy, its no use talking. The Axtells are awfully
nice, but they are chilly as a wine cellar and sort of formal even with each other.
I cant express it, its just the old infant damnation business. Phillip20 8 is a comfort, for he is little at
least. Because I come from the West he expected me to tell him Indian stories, and
fulfill my role in a way that would convulse you could you hear me. When I get
through going to church and telling Indian stories I will have no more sense of
truth left than Carlyle
I went to Church with the Axtells and their relatives, who comprise the entire population of East 9 Liberty, last night. Opening hymn "Onward Christian Soldiers"22, Golden text23, "whosoever will, let him drink of the water of life freely." Air'nt I doing well?
As to the magazine24 Ned, I fear it will be great rot,
home and fireside stuff, about babies and mince pies. But the financial outlook is
good, so I guess I'll stay by it for a while anyway. I will be virtually managing
editor, Mr. Axtell 10 and I being the only people who have
anything to do with the literary
de part of it.
During his month of absence I am to have sole charge. The proof reading goes all right, I found four mistakes he
passed over this morning. I have a nice desk etc. of my own. Write to me soon and tell me if Mr.
Oury25 goes to help the Cubans or gets killed or anything. He is real
nice, is'nt he?