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Home Letter Volume 27, July 13, 1953 No. 2

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VOLUME 27             July 13, 1953                   No. 2

WEATHER: It is an old proverb that one man’s meat is another mans poison. The drought which has touched several sections of the country has given us near perfect camping weather. Two nights have been in the low 50’s but the temperature has risen with the sun.

HEALTH: The infirmary so far has been unoccupied. Our incidents have all been all within Betty Pickett’s nursing skill.

PLAYS: On Saturday night we had our first set of tent plays. The parents of each of the distinguished actors who took part will receive copies of the program. The Hershey bars were won by Tent 3 presided over by Gibby Carey. The offering entitled “A Fair Trial” was judged superior to Tent 1 with “Casey at the Bat” and Tent 2 who produced s drama entitled “A Package from Paris.” An outstanding performance was given by Frank Pine who impersonated “Chiefie.” Producer Manning and his actors all deserve great credit for such an auspicious beginning to our season.

EVENT OF THE WEEK: Our distinguished Commodore Lord from the fertile field of his brain picked a beauty for our Saturday entertainment. The sail boat mentioned last week as having been given to us and promptly named “The African Queen” was launched on her “maiden” voyage. The festivities really started on Friday night when the selected group of passengers stood in line to receive the entire camp at a “Bon Voyage” party. In the receiving line, among others, were the Directress, President Pratt, Chairman Lord, Edward T. Russell, George M. Chandlee, Jr., Leslie Manning and John Mercer. Refreshments were served and the evening closed with group singing with Al Kerr at the console of the theater piano.

The next day all the paraphanalia of departure on an ocean voyage were carefully set up, Customs, Baggage, Harbor Police, and even a strike of longshoremen under burly Pete Morrison. The lady among the passengers fell in the lake by accident but President Pratt gallantly rescued her holding an umbrella over her dripping head. It was one of the Commodore’s greatest triumphs. It has boon suggested that he be called “The Elsa Maxwell of Hyde Bay” but I shall not even mention it.

MONDAY: Back to chronology. On this warm, overcast day, Heb Evans made the shortest round—the—lake trip on record. To be frank, they turned back because the lake was so rough. It is the first instance of the sort in Hyde Bay history. Old camper and councilor Gordon Kinder dropped in for an all too short call. Jeff Hester put in a belated appearance as a now camper. Coach Gorter held baseball practice. At night a few drops of rain were noticed.

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A CLEAR AND COOLER TUESDAY: Down the river went the first Susquehanna trip under Heb, Henry King and Dave Miller. At night McRae Williams assisted by George Barker took Tent 10 to Gravelly. A large tent was set up under the willows to house handicrafts. Phil Pratt started his annual life saving class. Jay Tate came in just after supper for seven weeks. The ##### was embellished with numerous sketches made by several campers under the direction of Coach Garver.

WEDNESDAY: It was clear, cool and windy with showers in the afternoon ruining all our ball games. We aquaplaned. Gibby went to Pathfinder in “S.T.” to get a reel which was used in the evening to display the movie “I’ll Get By.” In the opinion of most, the film did just about that.

JULY 9th: (just for variety): Again clear, cool and windy. Susquehanna No. 2 with the inevitable Heb assisted by Councilors Jencks and Idler set forth. On the ball field utilizing a soft ball, Trigg’s Termites defeated Barker’s Bed Bugs by a score of 4 - 1. Tent 14 was lured to Gravelly for the night by that wiley couneilor, Tom Offutt.

FRIDAY: For the weather, see the last two days. Susquehanna No 3 joined Heb under Powell and Bowdoin. The distinguished actors of Tent 3 spent the night on Gravelly. There was a town trip for older boys while Les and the lads of Moldy City went out for dinner. In the basketball league Barker’s Bullets beat Boyd’s Bombers by a score which breaks the alliteration, namely 32 to 9.

SATURDAY: See “African queen.” Likewise “Plays.”

AT LAST THE SABBATH: Clear, warm and calm. Head Councilor Chandlee preached. Tent 12 under Dick Freyberger went to town in the Hacker with the mail as a reward for the neatest tent. In softball, Captain Schwartz beat his rival, Rozendaal, by a score of 6 to 5 in extra innings. By phone came an invitation from Mr. Kirkner, father of a former camper, to visit his Indian Village across the lake. “Natty Bumppo” Offutt led six canoe loads of campers. Among these Ansley, Goodwin, and Howard danced with the Indians and were given tomahawks. We had water skiing in the afternoon and educational movies at night.

ACCOMPLISHMENT: A week good for sailing was too cool and windy for the beginning swimmors to make much progress, However “D” tests were passed by Campers Black, Hager, Alex Smith, Maslin, Kent Damon and Hawks. The “E” test was passed by Bill Fallen.

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