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Homeletter 1944 18th Season, No. 8

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HYDE BAY HOME LETTER           18th SEASON        Week of August 15 - August 22

AU REVOIR, BUT NOT ADIEU, WE TRUST.  This not too highly original sentiment would seem to be appropriate at the beginning of the last homeletter for this season.  This publication has been designed to supply a deficiency.  It has tried to give you the detail which a small boy is far too busy to write to his parents even if he had developed sufficient powers of expression.  There has, on the other hand, never been any criticism of the vocal powers of description and narration of boys.  Shortly after this letter reaches you, you should be getting first hand accounts of the summer at Hyde Bay.  The homeletter, therefore, becomes automatically superfluous.

FAN MAIL.  While parents have always been most kind in their appreciation of the homeletter, it seems that this year we have received more pleasant comments on this subject than ever before.  It has come as a soothing balm to a soul otherwise harassed by the difficulties and perplexities of conducting a camp in war time.

REPORTS.  You will find enclosed the final reports for the season.  As in the case of the homeletter, you will very shortly receive first hand reports from extremely well informed sources.  I have been impressed with the high standard set by the councilors this year in their reports.  They have seemed to me, as I checkthe written word against what I had observed, to be fair, honest and kindly.  The reports for the boys who are tutoring will be held up for a day or so in order that the teachers will have an opportunity to give the parents a final report including, in some cases, the grade on the final examination.

BILLS.  As soon as possible after the close of camp, you will receive itemized statements of the personal expenses of your son for the season.  These are not extra charges in the true sense of the word.  They are individual purchases and money advanced for various authorized purposes, such as the weekly laundry bill.  Please let me have any criticism of these accounts and especially call to my attention any errors in detail.

WEATHER. Our unusually hot weather gave place, about three days ago, to something more typical of Hyde Bay.  For example, Sunday morning saw the thermometer standing at 48 at seven o’clock.  This caused a suspension of the usual Sunday morning soap dip.  The Director arose betimes and kindled a fire in the fireplace in the dining room and stirred up the dying embers in the sheet iron stove which warms the Lodge.  Presently, however, the sun shone brightly and things became somewhat warmer.  For the last few days the lake has lost its popularity except for sailing.

DRAMA.  The Hyde Bay theater rose to a fitting climax on Saturday night.  The curtain was raised to reveal a scene in the desert.  Weary travellers entered and in most tragic fashion fell into a deep depression, actual, not financial or spiritual.  The curtain mercifully lowered.  When it rose, we found ourselves in the Temple of the Cat God.  An ample priestess, which might have been in another incarnation, Buddy Gilpin, was in charge of a fearful scene wherein our travellers were subjected to hideous torments.  We may as well reveal that it was Buddy Gilpin and his tent with some auxiliaries portraying this fearful drama of the sub-desert.  After an interval in which Herbie and Larry Pickett put on the moss covered “funnel-in-the-trouser” trick, the curtain rose once more.  Mac Cover apparently had never seen the trick.  At all events, he was the victim.  What the curtain revealed deserves a separate paragraph.

BIMBO THE PIRATE.  Getting the books from Samuel French on Tuesday, Mr. Barriskill waved his magic wand and produced our finest play on Saturday.  Special credit should go to Charlie Garland for not only memorizing a prodigious quantity of lines, but also for his convincing portrayal of the most tender hearted of all pirates.  He was ably supported by Frank Sommers as his right-hand man and by Bobby Rose and Dushane Patterson as the young couple, captives of the pirates.  The part of the rapacious parent of thelady was taken with spine wrinkling snarls by Fendall Marbury.  Others of the council appeared as lay-pirates, appropriately garbed and bearded.  It was an excellent production and brought to a close one of the best of Hyde Bay’s dramatic seasons.

DOWN THE LAKE.  Several tents have been down the lake this week to spend the night at Little Gravelly.  The final expeditions around the lake also took place.  Various hikes and maritime expeditions for pop and food have also occurred.

HORSE SHOW.  On Sunday, a considerable group of contestants participated in the annual horse show.  A committee of Walter Hower, Dawson Stump and Herb Pickett were the judges.  Ribbons will be awarded at the final bonfire and banquet.

THE FINAL CEREMONIES.  On Wednesday night, we propose to have our final banquet followed by a mamouth bonfire.  Your sons have been instructed cordially to invite you to these festivities.  We always have a number of parents to witness this pleasant event.

DEPARTURE.  Confirmation has come from the railroad that we are to have a special coach on the 8:56 out of Fort Plain, which will be attached to the train which arrives in the Grand Central at 2:40 in the afternoon.  We will then carry out our plan for continuing to Baltimore and Washington on the 4:30 out of the Pennsylvania.  In a conservative vein, it might be mentioned that this same written promise came to us last year but the coach did not materialize.  Mr. Guerry is bringing the party down as he did last year.  Considering the difficulty encountered then, it is an act of considerable courage on his part.

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