|Hyde Bay Camp For Boys
Home Letter Vol. 11, No. 7, 1938
VOLUME XI NUMBER SEVEN AUGUST 19, 1938
YOU OUGHT TO READ THIS. The group leaves Fort Plain at 8:39 A.M. on Friday August 26, 1938. The train is the Mohawk, number 142, (for those who always verify times announced by camp directors.) It arrives Grand Central Station, New York, 1:46 P.M. The group crosses the street to the B & O station and takes a special bus to the train, where another special car awaits them. They will have a special coach from Fort Plain to New York. The B & O train is scheduled to leave New York at 2:55 P.M. It arrives at Philadelphia at 5:27 and at Baltimore 7:19 Mt. Royal Station. Washington is reached at 8:13. All these are railroad or standard times.
SHAKESPEARE. A load went over to see Macbeth by the Duke’s Oak Players the other night. This counted as a movie trip. The players were praised. The author does not need our endorsement, but has it anyhow.
BROUGHT ‘EM BACK. Both Jack Young and Pep Nead took out hikes to Mt. Nebo and brought back both boys and horses. Six on one trip and five on the other. We have just returned Willie Jones to service, since he deposited Charlie Bagley in the Cooperstown Hospital. Charley has taken a train hike back to Baltimore. This departure reduces our hospital population to one, Harry Middendorf, who has another two weeks before he is to get out. Teddy Waters and Jim Campbell have followed in this order in our infirmary with colds which developed temperatures. Both are up, although Jim missed the Pathfinder Dance.
HAL AND FRANK. These two councillors braved the hardships of the mountains on a hike, the same night as the last horse hike. They also came back with a more keen appreciation of camp beds. Hal and Sunshine took three canoes around the lake last Saturday on the usual trip.
INTERDENOMINATIONAL SWIMMING. Last Wednesday we had the usual meet between the Path-hydes and the Bay-finders. These teams are half Hyde Bay and half Pathfinder. As usual, the result was very close. The Bay-finders won on the dive where George Stewart and Bobby Pickett took second and third to the Pathfinder diving star..A storm came up and drove us all into their lodge, where we sang, and drank and ate and talked, all most pleasantly. We then came back to supper. Gordon Kinder and Frank Beury almost ruined the director by making him paddle hard to keep ahead of them on the way back. Johnny Smith by his bow paddling and Mrs. Pickett by her substantial aid helped in the victory.
UNDERGROUND STUFF. On Thursday, we went 38 strong to the Howe caverns. We went by five cars, the camp rolling stock and George’s. We ate in the picnic grove, went through the mile and a quarter of cave, and even rode on the underground lake. Back home once more about five in time for a dip which no boys took.
MORE UNDERGROUND STUFF. On Wednesday night we had the film, Transat Atlantic Tunnel, featuring Richard Dix and others. It was a talkie and this concludes the cinema for the year.
LORD AND LYNN. ALSO BERNY BOYKIN. Walter Lord and Billy Lynn have been stirring us up for a week. Their most famous exploit was to raise the Confederate flag on our pole at an early hour. Commodore Lord was very resplendent in a full naval uniform. Berny Boykin came in late Wednesday night, via his Ford. His experiments with water and gasoline were not very successful. He however arrived. Walter and Billy have gone in search of the arctic circle, which they expect to find as a visible barrier above the ground somewhere in Canada.
GARBO WOUNDED. Our faithful Garbo barked at the horses, as she has often been told not to do, and was kicked by Fanny, who had never been told not to kick Garbo. Doctor Young took eight stiches, while the camp watched. She stood it well, and is about, almost as well as ever.
REGATTA. Under the agis of the Commodore, the eight inch regatta was a smooth success. Kennedy Cromwell won the Commodore’s pennant, with Bobby Pickett second and Eddie Bay Supplee taking third honors.
UPSETTING INDEED. The sailing coach, Len Gray and the Commodore fell over in the Comet in a relatively calm day. They were rescued. What does one do to penalize the sailing coach for upsetting? Incidentally, the comet took two seconds and a third in the weekly North Otsego Comet club races.
PROM. Friday saw the annual invasion of Pathfinder’s Lodge for purposes of the Dance. Early in the evening, even the youngest were seen shaking a wicked foot. After they retired, the older boys and councilors went on with the dance with joy unconfined until the late hour of ten-thirty. It was a very pleasant occasion.
OFF THE HORSE. Arthur Lee James made an unconventional descent from a horse and had to have a depression or recession in his scalp given relief at the hospital. He is as good as new with the exception of a patch of hair shaved off at the hospital.
VISITOR. Mr. Middendorf was here to see Harry and stayed over night at camp. He is still in Cooperstown, and comes now and then to swim.
SECOND AID. Jack Young gave another excellent lecture on first aid, with emphasis on bandaging. These lectures have been well given and attended.
YELLOW. Jack and a group of talented UL’s have almost finished painting the so-called yellow house by the gate. Now it is yellow. George Stewart won the plumber’s pennant for getting the most paint on himself.
RUM HILL STEAKS. On Monday, in lieu of a Trenton trip for which there were too few boys, Hal, Gordon and Sunshine canoed with fifteen boys across the lake and struck out for Mt. Otsego, known locally as Rum Hill only to find themselves on the wrong eminence. Eventuall, they found their objective and returned after eating.
FINALS. Captain Hartzell has almost completed his final fire. It now stands over twenty feet high and ten feet in diameter. Final tourneys in tennis, horseshoes and ping pong are in full swing. The reports you will receive with this will be the final ones, buy there will be one more issue of the HOMELETTER.