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My right hand7 is still rather a wreck and most of the time it is kept in a splint, when it isn't in hot water or under massage. However, I can now sign a check which I have been totally unable to do before.
Elsie's telegram, telling me of Mollie's8 death, was really a relief to me. Mollie's last letter was so pitiful. I remember she said: "Oh, why doesn't God take me Willie?" And I am glad he has. If any help is needed to pay for the funeral expenses, do not hesitate to call on me. I certainly want to do my share. The last check for $50.00, I sent her in December through Miss Bloom9.
Some day I hope to be able to write you both a long letter, and to answer some friendly questions which Elsie asked about Sapphira10. I am just beginning to struggle with the great number of cordial letters which poured in after the book was published. I have never experienced anything like it before.
Roscoe, I think our meeting will probably be in Saratoga, California11. Please send me some word about what the climate there is like in April and May. I am so far behind in everything, that I can scarcely get away before that time. Do you remember, Roscoe, the time your hand and arm were so badly hurt when you were riding a bicycle? Mine in my splints reminds me so much of the way you carried yours and brings you to mind very often. It is a queer kind of companionship that I feel for you and your old hurt.With a heart full of love to you both, Willa Cather
P.S. Dear Elsie: To prove that my hand is somewhat better, I have just signed the annual check for $250.00, for the upkeep of your property in Red Cloud12. Next week I shall send Carrie Sherwood13 a check for the Guild14.Mr. R. C. Cather3, First Savings Bank of Colusa, Colusa,4 California. NEW YORK N.Y.2 FEB 3 10.30 PM W. S. Cather 570 Park Ave.5 New York2 N. Y.