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CAMP FOR BOYS
|HERBERT E. PICKETT,
HYDE BAY HOME LETTER VOLUME VII NUMBER 1, 1934.
It is a genuine pleasure to sit down before the portable to write home to the parents of Hyde Bay boys. As the Editor sits at his so-called desk, he may look against a wooded hill. In the immediate foreground is a stump which shall someday be the subject of a monograph on Growing Old Gracefully. Alas, the Editor is of the type who has to watch his keys, not attractive scenery.
You are naturally interested in who is. Most of you have been here and thus can visualize the following story. In the white tent which has been shifted from right to left of the campus, ( It is a Yale tradition to tear down buildings and move them) reside Bobby Pickett and Johnny Smith beneath the wing of Jack Young.
Billy Payne in the next tent has Kemp Bartlett, Tommy Cassily Eddie Munger, Morton Prentis, and Vernon Root.
Hard by Freddie Allner, Ray Gildea, Julian Kennedy, Garnet Prentis, and Lee Warthen are sprouting gray hairs in the temples of Hammy Welbourn.
Beyond the pond lies the canvas mansion of Charles Classen who entertains Frank Beury, Chick Callery, Bobby Carton, Lawrence Harper, and Albert Wampolea
In the tent next, which was the home of George Poore for six years, we find Leslie Exshaw trying to live down, Johnny Burwell, Prescott Huidekoper, Ernie Jenkins, Joe King and Lawry Pickett.
Johnny Boyce has the tent where Jake Slagle was often soaked by the rains, where Fanny Payne held forth. Here we have a new fabric, less porous, which keeps the evening dew off the cheeks of Johnny King, Johnny Koppleman, Billy Lynn, Johnny Nelson and Bucky Turner.
Across the gulf, Jake Classen has Walter Comfort, Louis Hamman, Walter Lord, Herbert Pickett and Donny Tag.
Dr. Cooper Walker of the Summer School faculty keeps in touch with the world he has left by sleeping in the tent with Jack Fahey, Walter Koppleman, Fred Levering, Frank Lynn, and Herbert Smelser.
The total gladens the heart of the Director. It is thirty-seven boys.
Two new men appear on the roll. Francis Payne has gone into business in New Orleans, but we are lucky to have his brother Billy in his place, not quite so large as Fanny, but with a better Mississippi accent.
George Poore has to enter a hospital this summer between his third and fourth medical years.... and gentle reader attend !he is in the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital of Cooperstown, New York. He was discovered there a few days ago by Mrs. Pickett all disguised in white raiment.
Charles Classen has been elevated to the dais or something of Head Councilor,
Fred Levering and Walter Koppleman are new comers to the weary ranks of Junior Councilors, as we call them to their parents, or U.L. as we call them at camp. For the new parents, U.L. means unskilled labor.
We have put in a Delco plant to light the buildings. We hope the camp will never get so soft as to have electric lights in the tents.
The faculty of the school is as last year. Cooper Walker won his spurs, or whatever it is a teacher uses on his pupils, last year with some excellent tutoring. He is now a full fledged member of the Faculty, even to playing golf. He looks more in pity than scorn on the mere councilors. The Russells are back in their home by the lake, though Mr. Russell has not yet mowed the lawn. Mr. Marrian and Mr. Townsend share their ancient castle on the hill. Mr. Hartzell, better known as Prof. or Captain is due in camp from Europe today, calling this Monday for publication purposes.
One of Garbo's pups was saved and carried to camp. By day she is popular but by night hated. She howls nocturnally.
While Herbert Smelser and his family were the first to arrive, and Mr. Huidekoper brought Prescott in Saturday, and Mrs. Munger drove in with Eddie that day, and the Bartletts came in to deposit Johnny Kemp on Sunday, Monday was the really exciting day. Leslie was the first to arrive, beset by Bucky Turner. Ten minutes later Mr. Marrian rattled over the bridge with Chuck Callery and Hammy Welbourn. Then they came thick and fast. Mr. Beury with Frank, Walter Lord and Louis Hamman in Walter's car, Kopplemans with Tommy Cassily, Walkers with Prentises twain and Johnny Smith, Gildeas with Ray, Cartons with Bobby, (They came earlier in the day). The Classen brothers, (the Smith Brothers have whiskers,) brought in Freddie Allner. The Kennedys came with Julian. It was thrilling to the Director who had to dash over to Palatine Bridge for a whole two-car load who came up with Johnny Boyce. On the way he met the Russells, Mr. Russell driving equipped with green glasses in order not to have to stop for lights.
Tuesday, Mr. and Mrs. Comfort came to leave Walter and Dr. Root, with Vernon's Grandmother, Mrs. Townsend, brought.Vernon.
Mrs. Nelson and her sister Mrs. Williams paid a very short call motoring over from Chatham to leave Johnny with us. Two Kings arrived by train Friday. Johnny Burwell with his Father drove in Saturday.
As we have to stick to our two pages some good stuff must go over till next week, horses increased to five and that sort of thing.
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