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#0194: Willa Cather to Frances Smith Cather, May 16, 1911

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My very Dear Aunt1;

I have just learned of G. P.5's accident6 through the Red Cloud7 paper8 and my heart aches for you when I think of the anxiety and grief you are suffering and of the pain that the poor boy must be in. The paper makes me hope that his condition is no longer dangerous and that his strength will pull him through, but the pain and shock of such a terrible thing must be dreadful for all of you. I have always been afraid of motors, and I am always nervous about father9 and Jack10. Gasoline seems to be dangerous, no matter how careful people are. Last Sunday night there was an explosion in a garage two blocks from me and a whole row of apartment houses burned down.

Please let me have a word from you when you have time and tell me how G. P. is. It is such a cruel disaster to happen to a strong young man. Please tell G. P. how sorry I am. I feel almost as if it had happened to Jack.

Elsie11 spent the Easter vacation with me. She is so well and happy and she loves the beautiful country about Northampton12, which you yourself must know very well. I hope to spend a few days with her there next week on my way back from Boston13. Mr. McClure14 is abroad again and I am very busy, but I am well and content, and if only the weather does not get too hot I shall not dread the summer. I hope to be away from the city2 a good deal.

I was sorry to hear about poor Willella15's trouble. I had not heard of it before.

I am hoping with all my heart, dear Aunt Franc, that you are feeling sure of G. P.'s recovery by this time, and that he is gaining strength rapidly. He is such a strong manly boy, and that must give him a great advantage even over pain. My heart is with you my dear aunt. I know he is a beloved son.

Very lovingly Willie
McCLURE'S MAGAZINE NEW YORK2 N.Y. Mrs. Franc Cather1 Bladen3 Nebraska NEW YORK, N.Y. STA. A2 MAY 16 1911 7-PM BLADEN NEBR3 MAY 19 1911 A.M. REC'D.