TO FORGET is human; to remind, purely feminine. We should have said in our first letter that our insurance company was changed to the Hartford, which our agent of many years assures us is one of the front companies. The coverage is equivalent.
THE SHADOW OF TURNING: Due to the fact that we have been on the shores of Otsego for two weeks, the end of the first half is but two weeks away. We have considerable flexibility. The majority of boys of course are here for the full eight weeks. Several of the ones who came for four weeks have decided to stay the full time. Please confirm these changes and advise us of new ones. We will gladly prorate the expense where it is more convenient to come for a son on Saturday or Sunday instead of the designated Friday. We also can take new second ha1f campers if we are advised promptly.
HERE AND THERE: Steve Lines, Jimmy High and Bob Davis this week crawled into and lived briefly in a genuine beaver lodge. Converted pianist Mellor and trainee Wight are reported to have had every camper under instruction on the tennis court. Swimming impresario Bill Brooks has successfully taught the rudiments of life saving to twenty campers. This is so important that they shall constitute the next paragraph.
NEXT PARAGRAPH: Winston Shepard, Pine, Hyde, E. Dickinson, Sawyer, Reese, Fredenthal, McCay, King, E. Murray, McPherson, J. Young, Burwell, McAuley, MacLean, P. McManus, D. Young, T, Dickinson, Swift — — (not in alphabetical order, so that you will have to read the entire list to find your son).
THE DRAMA: Our second cycle of tent plays found a stellar presentation of a dental western the winner. The Restless Gun featuring Mat Drillum, his faithful Chester, and such others as Hopalong Cavity defeated tents ten, five and six although they also gave stellar performances. The best actress was awarded to Daryl Young, Who took the part of the grandmother and was strikingly reminiscent of his father who a few eons ago was the star of his tent play, Mother Young and her Children. Best actor went to a wolf in camper’s clothing, one Tod Wheeler. (Buffalo papers please, copy.) Next week the actors will be recruited from Tents 11, 14, 15 and 17. This mention is made to allow parents to plan to come to see their sons on the boards. A happy innovation has been the entre—act appearance of the Happiness Boys and their guitars who stimulate community singing. They are the famous M’s — Main, McManus and Mellor.
JULY SIXTH: Some showers. Charles Classen assisted by Walter McManus and Cooper Winston set off on a two day Susquehanna. Rockwell leaping nimbly from horse to bus took a group to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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A clear afternoon allowed some sailing. The feature of the day was the bringing in of a piano, new at least to us, transported from a nearby Grange in our faithful truck with Mac Mellor playing appropriate selections as they passed various historic spots en route. The consumption of marshmellows closed the day.
TUESDAY: Clear, cool and windy. The Garver school of art went out on a sketchy sort of hike. Chenango beat Hyde Bay 5 to 4 in softball. The battery of Hennrich and Ricky Coupe pleased coaches Doug Coupe and Murphy. Addict Garver took other golfers to the course. There was varsity baseball practice after supper.
JULY’S EIGHTH DAY: A beautiful one. The Susquehanna trip returned, Dick took our youngest group on a milk and crackers bus hike to the famous abandoned ranch high on the hills. Hyde Bay defeated Chenango 3 to 0 in baseball with the splendid pitching of McPherson, the catching of Johnny Johnson, hidden ball tricks by Hennrich and excellent defensive play by Bill Warner. The team looked so good that games havebeen scheduled with Worcester, noted the world over as the birthplace of the Director. Fans attended the game by land, by sail and by horse. The Sunken Islands were visited this day.
THURSDAY: Clear and hot. An Up—the—Lake trip occurred. Our sailboats greeted them at Three Mile Point. Our youngest inspected the beaver dam far up Shadow Brook. The inhabitants had prudently fled. The first overnight trip high up on the Lookout found councilors Wight and Hendee with their tents the occupants. Meanwhile Murph took number 9 to Gravelly.
FIDAY: Another good day and another Susquehanna. Jeff Cole and Bill Stanley passed their “D” tests, Neil Kocher and Kenny Gale swam tests, Many aluminum—wrapped rocks were recovered by intrepid divers on Sunken Islands. The reward was one cent each, Jim Main and Art Brooks took their tents and our more minute campers to Gravelly.
SATURDAY: Again a good day. The trips returned. Junior Life Savers were examined, more Sunken Island expeditions and of course the plays.
THE SABBATH: Really hot. Inchurch Jack Garver viewed the universe through the eyes of an artist. There was inspection, baseball practice and aqua—planing. Neatest of all tents, 5 and 14carried the mail to town in the Hacker. There was a shower in the afternoon and a movie at night. (Of course we had our usual feature film on Wednesday. This time “Excuse my Dust” had been substituted for our choice. We ate hot dogs and cullinary canine accessories out of doors as per usual.
HEALTH: This week has witnessed the progress of termination of the various injuries and ills we faithfully listed last time. Therefore there is nothing new in this department. The hackneyed but blessed platitude, all are doing nicely, would seem to apply.
WEATHER: As you may have deduced from the chronological record, the vital meteorological feature has been as perfect as we sinful mortals deserve.
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