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I go West via New York3 and came here
to last Friday to spend a week with the
Hambourgs4, who are here
for the summer. Ysaye5 and Maurice Dambois6 are staying with them and
Thibaud7 has a house across the
street. We have Beethoven8 quartettes
and Motzart9 every night. Last night the
Tenth Beethoven10 and Schubert's11
Death and the Maiden12. The gods on
Olympus' hill do not have such music. One might travel the world around and
not hear its equal. My right to be in this Heavenly choir is mainly that I
loaned the bunch my cook, Josephine13,
for the summer. They are so fond of her good french food, and so afraid I'll
take her away that they will even play 'request' programs for me. It is a
glorious party, but the silence of the cornfields will be almost welcome
after so much of it. As Josephine says; "Les Sonat', les quat tuores a deux
heures le matin—c'n'est pas raisonable, vous-savez, mademoiselle!"14
So this is why I won't have the pleasure of lunching with you in Boston15.
After Sunday my address will be Red Cloud, Nebraska16.Faithfully, W. S. C.