|Hyde Bay Camp For Boys
Home Letter Vol. 10, No. 6, 1937
VOLUME TEN NUMBER SIX August 12, 1937
HUMILITY. After the boast of last week about errors to be eliminated, we left out the volume and number and then went on to commit all manner of faults. This week, we are letting Sunshine cut the stencil. All errors are his!
HOMEWARD BOUND. TRAINS AND TRUNKS. Camp will close on the morning of August 26th which falls on a Thursday. The group which goes by train will again be under the supervision of Mr. George M. Chandlee, Jr. It will be recalled that Mr. Chandlee brought all the boys assigned to his care to camp on July first. We will motor the boys to Fort Plain where they will take the 9:13 for New York. Careful parents who wisely check up on all that a schoolteacher tells him will note that it called the “Mohawk”. This train arrives in New York at 1:45 P. M. The boys have an hour and ten minutes in New York before they take the 2:55 on the B and O which is supposed to arrive at the Mt. Royal Station in Baltimore at 7:19 P. M. standard time.
MOTORISTS. If your son is not to go by train with the group. please notify the Director. Last year, one boy stayed here to be picked up by parents who were waiting for him to get off the train in Baltimore.
COMETS. Influenced by the comet which has been visible in these parts for some time, the Director decided to buy a sail boat of the same name. At four in the misty morning of August 13, a friday, be it noted Sunshine and Lawry dashed off to Cortland to get the ship from the Thompson Brothers plant there. In spite of the date, day, the old stationwagon, the trailer, and the operators, the craft sailed in just as lunch was in progress. It is now in the water and constant use. We hope to get another and add races to our program. Meanwhile we can race a similar craft from Pathfinder’s Lodge.
THAT REMINDS ME. Speaking of Pathfinder reminds one that we had our first swimming meet with them on Wednesday. To even the competition, both camps supplied swimmers to make the two teams, the Pathydes and the Bayfinders. Wedged in between violent thundershowers, a very close meet was enjoyed by a large spectator fleet. The Pathydes vanquished by 431/2-421/2.
MARX? MARX ON DOWN ETC. Tuesday night we took all we could carry to those Cooperstown haunts where the Marx brothers were lurking, fortunatelu embalmed in celuloid. After elevating our souls with the intellectual treat afforded by these worthy brethren, we ate at Sherry’s some material appealing to our lower natures, and so home a bit after ten.
TRENTON REVISITED. Our last Tenton Falls trip was run off as planned on Monday and Tuesday. So many went that the Director had to add the Plymouth to the usualstationwagon fleet. As dinner was being cooked, up came a terrific shower. Presently all was calm and we ate our steak. Then on up to the gorge and through the wilds and woods to Prospect. Ice cream there. Back down the other side of the chasm through an even better trail. Then the Director left for softer couches to return in the morning. The small boys of tents A and B, who were of the party, were not allowed to go down the river in canoes. They went by car and met the voyagers at Newport for dinner. These boys, however upheld their parts manfully in all the rest of the trip. The Director and Mrs. Director hove in sight presently and bore off four of the party replete with fish freshly caught in the stream. Before Richfield Springs was reached, every man of the lot was asleep. Presently the station wagons came into camp with the rest of the gang and the canoes. The ships were in better shape this trip.
VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY. Admiral Young has started taking all who want to go, by sailboat to Cooperstown. Two crews have made the round trip within the scope of this letter. On one occasion, they returned to camp in one hour and thirty-four minutes. Best time by canoe-- one hour and twenty-four minutes, by our large motor boat--eighteen minutes, by goot unknown as Frank Beury and his gang never got there on the occasion of his trip to Doubleday Field. Here you have epitomized the history of transportation up to but not including air.
AGOG. We are all agog over the “Night at an Inn” which is in process of production for Saturday night. It bids fair to be our best play so far.
REMINDER NO. TWO. Againthe preceding paragraph puts us in mind of an important item, to wit: the plays of last Saturday. Two Kaufman comedies, “The Still Alarm”, and “If Men Played Cards as Women Do.” In the first,Dandy, Pickett, R., Dodson, Finney, and Hunt Williams exhibited marvelous nonchelence at the flames, while in the second, Eddiebay, UL Clemmitt and councillors Sunshine and Griff acted their cattiest. The success of the productions was only a reflection on the hard and patient work put on them by Mrs. Dresser.
CANDY. Another Beech-Nut trip was run off this week. That takes care of all but tutoring boys. As the Plant runs on daylight saving time it is unfortunately impossible for these boys to go. The company does not run on Saturday mornings. Thus endeth our long trips as Howe Caverns is not available this,year due to the construction along the route a full program here, and general conditions.
TOLLIE. The Alberts took Tollie away as per schedule on Sunday morning. We were glad to see them but sorry to have Tollie leave us. Gus promptly moved into his place in tent A.
DICK.SPARKS, who came for two weeks, left on Thursday via Fort Plain and New York. Thus we come and go.
RAIN. To talk about the weather is always a last resort, so we will say in closing that we have had all the rain we could handle this week. Some very heavy downfalls in rapid succession.