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Home Letter Vol. 10, No. 2,  1937

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VOLUME TEN  NUMBER TWO                                          JULY 14, 1937

HYDE BAY PRESS LMTD.  We now have our own mimeograph, the very smallest made, manually and manfully operated by Sunshine.  All the errors in this periodical are his.  No good executive ever need make errors while he has a subordinate alive.

FAN MAIL.  Never in all the years in this editor’s chair have we gotten the number of complimentary letters that our first edition provoked.  The Standards of the public are steadily on the decline obviously.

GRANDMOTHERS’ CLUB.  In response to our last week appeal, we have already on our mailing list three additional grandmothers.  It is mathematically possible to have about ninety grandmothers in Hyde Bay.

INSECTS AND THE LIKE.  Last week-end was devoted to a refined and ruralized scavenger hunt.  Campers were asked to collect such articles as snakes, butterflies, a green blackberry, etc.  The winners were Dan Brewster, Mac Campbell, and Bobby Pickett.  The winners employed some communistic system which will be investigated soon by the Hyde Bay Senate.  Prizes: three tennis balls, a knife-spoon gadget, and a trip to Cherry Valley movies with Captain Hartzell.

RUM HILL.  Larry and Bob Long led a gang of Billy’s and Larry’s tents to the top of Mount Otsego, locally known as “Rum Hill”.  Old camper Jack Clemmitt acted as guide to the foot party.  Albert Wampole rode as armed guard with Larry and the station wagon all piled high with packs.  It rained a bit, and all were happy.

CIRCUM-SOMETHING.  Mr. Dresser took another of his history cruises with an assorted group.  They dodged showers and finally came back at the usual time,  You know that the lake trip takes in Natty Bumppo’s Cave, Council Rock, Clinton Dam Marker, Three Mile Point, the wreck of the Mohican, (last of the steamers to ply the lake ).  If these names are not familiar, dust off your set of Cooper.

DIRECTOR GETS GOAT.  Determined to recapture all those goats of his taken into camp so frequently in the past, the Director this week added to our covey of goats, (Bumppo), Mammy and the Galls,  or a motherly goat and two snow white twin daughters,  just a month old.  The youngsters look as if they came direct from a Christmas card.

CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.  The youngest tents roasted some Otsego dogs up under the willows for supper.  No casualties.

CAVALRY REPULSED.  Twice this week Billy has marshaled Tommy Tomkins, Billie Maltbie, and Walter Dandy for the first over-night horse hike.  Each time they have been rained out at the start.  Now we shall start eliminating one at a time to discover the Jonah.  We have a new camp site for these expeditions on the top of a wild and sightly peak six miles from camp.  When we went there to fit up a camp, Jack Young, Captain, and Frank Supplee came upon a beautiful little fawn, but the dear little deer dashed away before they could charm it.

REMOUNT.  The diving board has been mounted on a new iron standard much to its benefit.

THESPIS PLEASE NOTE.  We have built a new stage in the building called the Poodle, (because of its roof, barked at both ends and bare paper in the mid-section.)  Wired professionally by Mr. Haggard, and curtained by Mr. Dresser, we expect professional productions by all campers under Mrs. Dresser’s professional direction.  This gives us unusual facilities for dramatics.

THESPIS PLEASE NOD.  Last weekwe gave our last play in the old theatre, which has now become a solely the Russeling Room.  Boys were encouraged to send home programs.  Jack Young clothed in –- but we do have grandmothers on our list –- was perhaps the high spot.  A very unique and beautiful feature was the last act on the float out in thelake lighted by a battery of cars parked on the shore.  The Maiden, (Doug Duer), was rescued by the hero, (Frank Beury), while Indians, (Zeugner, Clemmitt, Larry, Lloyd, etc.) were hurled over by Hyde Bay boys.  The play dealt with an historical episode in the career of our Bill Formwalt, who missed us and arrived in Pathfinder’s Lodge, the girl’s camp down the lake.

CRAFTSMEN.  New supplies have arrived.  Forrest has a small army making baskets, pottery, belts, pocketbooks.  In connection with this craft work, a weaker will wouldlet us speak of wileing away the time But not us!

HYMN SING.  A new feature last Sunday night was a hymn sing about the piano in the lodge.  Bob played for an hour or more.  Let us hope it becomes a tradition.

HOME PRODUCTION.  The garden has started to produce.  Lettuce and chard so far with more in the near future.

DOLLAR IDEA.  We award a dollar for any idea which we can use in camp.  Lloyd Felton won the first for a new and huge rake he made shortly after he arrived.  Sunshine won too on his name “Bumppo” for the goat.  More of Jack Clemmitt and Bob Long when we put their ideas into operation.

BRUTALITY.  We had a good boxing and wrestling exhibition the first week and another we will mention next week.  This sheet covers Friday through Thursday each week, or the camp week.

ARRIVAL.  Paul Hudson came in Thursday night.  Brother Bill, who was to come with him, is expected presently.  Ogden Jones and Alfred McClung have recently enrolled as day pupils in the school.  Mr. Hartzell goes to work.

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