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Elsie8 do not worry about my cold nor say any thing about it to the folks at home for I am all over it now and feeling fine except I am still tired so very tiredLovingly Mother1 2health will be ever so much better if he can reduce that waste to normal.
I have got such a nice black silk bag, with gay beads on it, to send Auntie Sister11 for Easter. I got it for one dollar
at Wanamaker's sale as I was hurrying through the store to buy sash-curtains. I am
so pleased, for I believe she will like it very much. It is very
genle "genteel" for an old lady.
It is costing us12 fifty dollars a month more to
live than it did last winter, and we have cut out the opera
and altogether, 3and most
concerts. We get free tickets to a good many theaters. Mrs. Deland13 wrote me for ten dollars for the Belgians14 last week. As I had been ill in her home
for three weeks after that operation in Boston15, I could not well refuse.
Jack16 is back in Pittsburgh17 again doing some temporary work, but I am afraid his job
can't last long now that all trade with England18 will have to stop. His letters have been rather braggy
lately, and I wrote him a long lecture about it yesterday. I
dont don't want him to be boastful with our friends
in Pittsburgh. It would make him look too ridiculous. He has always been nice and
modest and I hope he is not going to lose it. I expect this is only a passing moment of large-heartedness.
I will send you the February magazines, dear Mother, as soon as they are all in, and I want to send West Virginia19 a valentine if I get out in time. I will also send Mrs. Letson20 a book I think she will like.
This is Friday, and I still have to get up for awhile this afternoon to see the people who come in for tea. I hope not many will come. I use the lunch cloth you gave me every Friday for tea. I have some of Isabelle's21 silver here while she is away, and it makes the tea table look very pretty.With much love, dear mother Willie