HYDE BAY HOMELETTER. SIXTH ISSUE. Week of August 7. SEASON OF 1933.
UNUSUAL WE HOPE UNIQUE. SERIOUS.YET FORTUNATE. We have this last week
been treated to an experience unusual to us. We have had a sort of
epidemic of summer grippe. All the cases run tru to form and yield to
treatment in uniform fashion. Boys complain of headache and muscular pains
in body particularly chest. This was so pronounced that the doctor at
first in the first case suspected a muscular strain. Then a temperature
of a point or two develops. This lasts for one or two days. Meanwhile the
patient is not very sick and maintains a huge appetite. On one day we
who have never had more than one boy sick at one time before this year
found ourselves with eight boys ill.
CARE. The younger ones or those who developed higher temperatures, were
taken to our house. The others were put in one tent, that of the Elder
Statesmen. Of whom were considerate enough to come down with the
malady thus suggesting the hospitalization of their tent. All are kept
in bed with frequent temperature takings, till they have been normal some
time. Then they are kept out of the water for a day and are pronounced
as good as new with injunction to take it easy.
THE LIST. Councilor Classen, and his Junior councilor brother J. C.
Boyce, ?. Walker (J. C. Junior Councilor), Howat, Koppleman John,
Machen, S., the Younger Frank Lynn Herbert Smelser, Donny Tag and I
think thats all. The tough old teachers are still up but are knocking
on wood constantly.
THE DOCTOR. Dr. Myers of Cherry Valley who has been connected with the
Cooperstown hospital for some time, has been in twice. The cases have been
so trueo tform that it has not been necessary to have him atend each
one. He rates this malady rather common. Put to bed at once, watched
for cough or throat trouble, it is not at all serious. If we were going
to have an epidemic this is a excellent variety to have.
AFTERMATH. This situation will inevitably produce business for the
telephone and telegraph companies. I do not blame you. I should do the
very same were my boys away at camp. I wish I could convince you that I
always tell the truth , the whole truth , and nothing but the truth when
I report illness. You may be sure that anything serious will be sent
or would be sent, to the hospital, that you will or would be called on
the phone promptly if there was anything seriously wrong with your boy.
We have as a fixed program, considering every accident serious every
illness serious, till we have proved beyond a doubt that it is not. THESE
CASES ARE VERY LIGHT AND ARE NOT SERIOUS. As exposure is practically
simultaneous here in out close relationships we may expect that we have
run the course of this episode.
WEATHER. The farmers are at bat this week and we are in the field. We
have had plenty of rain. The result has been a very quiet week which is
not bad for the camp as a whole. We can stand periods of rest and change
the sun has been kind almost every day. One or two storms have been
worth watching come over the lake.
ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES. Howard Haffner has come and Ian Garden has
gone. We have been most pleasantly visited by Mrs. Walker and her mother
and sister. Mr Allner had Mr. and Mrs. Manning. The Russells have
entertained guests and subsequently gone visiting thus keeping the even
balance of their life.
THE SMITH BROTHERS have brought in fish from time to time. Fisherman
Black seems to have lost his grip. Fisherman Poore’s fish have so far
cost him two dollars and thirteen cents per pound. He took out a
lisence costing tow and a quarter.
Boat. We tied out a small boat as mentioned in our last. We decided it
was too weak. Early Tuesday morning, the Director, and Scion , number one
motored, if that is what one does in the station wagen, to Albany and
brought out on the roof a very neat little Oldtown craft twelve feet
long. Herbert’s motor finted at the sight of such beauty forcing us to
try out Larry Hickey’s Caille. And what a tryout it has had , with ques
of boys, ( or is it cues?) waiting at the wharf. It seems to be a great
HIKE. AND HIKES. All who had not done the Strawberry Mountain trip did
it Wednesday. They had a clear cold night and much fun. The same starry
evening saw Councilor Payne lead out the horses laden with Eddie Munger,
Jimmy Randel, and Ernest Jenkins. About noon they came back, veterans of
TENNIS. Thursday or Friday we played two matches with Chenango. Rain
stopped the victorious march of Charley Turner in the thirdsette, after
Johnny Burwell had won and E#rnest had lost. We are going to play it
out the first fair day. Speaking of FAIR days, we are going to play
our neighboring Girls Camp, Pathfinder Lodge. Rumor hath#it that some
of their councilors can really play tennis. At all events, it is hard
to get Hyde Bay councilmen to risk it. We may have to draft.
ON THE WHOLE a quiet week with few events. It is the lull before the next
canoe trip, Howes Caverns, another Beechnut trip, the final tournaments
the Wind Up. This is the last grand trial of skill at#all games on
land and water. Ribbons are given. It is pronounced as wind that blows
is pronounced in poetry. Wind up in the sense# of finality.
THERE IS OTHER NEWS,but for the very life of me I can not recall it.
We had corn out of the garden twice,and built a most elaborate gate for
THERE IS HONESTLY NOTHING TO ALARM ANY PARENT IN THESE SICK CASES.
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