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Home Letter Vol. 11, No. 6,  1938

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 VOLUME XI NUMBER  SIX                                      AUGUST 12, 1938

RESTORED.  The Director is back as editor after the swelling to his eye had gone where it came from.  While five doctors were speculating on its cause, it prudently took flight.

HEALTH.  Charley Bagley is still in the hospital with his condition showing daily improvement.  He has been joined in that building by Harry Middendorf, who represents our first hospital case of ear trouble.  Harry is having considerable trouble with his ear.  He is under the care of Doctor Murray, known to a number of our readers in Baltimore.  Otherwise we are normal.

WEATHER.  To play all the stops in the bridge circuit, we might say that it has been fair, rainy, windy, calm, and generally variable this last week with the temperature toward the cold.  If it is hot in Baltimore, our readers in that sector will do well to skip this paragraph.

TREASURE FOUND.  After two busy days of search, the last clue was unfolded and the annual treasure hunt came to an end.  Bobby Pickett and his team won the watches which were at the end of the rainbow.  Harry Middendorf, Teddy Waters, Dicky Coblentz, and Mike Murray were his crew.  The last clue directed them to swim a ten-foot log from Shadow Brook to the tower and there sing three songs.  The rite was performed by the winners just as Carl Schmidt was pushing his log out to second place.

UPSETTING, BUT TRUE.  The sailboats have been over three times so far this season.  Jack Young has been in two of the disasters.  In the first instance, he and his very juvenile crew went over on a trip to Cooperstown.  After scorning the tow offered him by Sunshine in the big motor boat, at long last Jack was towed back with his saturated crew.  Later he went over again under the strain of carrying the Commodore of the Hyde Bay Yacht Club, none other than Walter Lord, who has invaded camp with his faithful bodyguard, Billy Lynn.  Once this week, the Pathfinder Comet was “driven” in here by the elements and George and Sunshine had to tow them back to camp with the motor boat.  Midway on the voyage the shocking discovery was made that Lin and Walter had stowed away in the bow.

SUPPER.  Jack Young, undaunted by his previous life, took a gang out for supper the other night, this time in canoes, and for the first time this year returned under his own power.

TRENTOXIUS TERTIUS.  A third edition of the Trenton trip is now history.  The craft of Cromwell and Barker was wrecked on the first rapid so badly that they rode down in the station wagon with the wounded canoe on the consequent trailer.  The Director took a hundred feet of color film, some of which has been developed.  Showings are now being booked for the winter season.

HIKE BY HORSE.  Two more horse-hikes have gone out and come back.  Billy Hudson on the second came back by car part way, after he and Sue parted their ways on the hill by Mr. Dewey’s home.  Billy is all right now with a few marks of battle on his chin.  The other hike came back under Pep Nead’s guidance with no casualties.  Grif was the leader of the other one.  This year, he caught his horses before noon.

FAIR DEFEAT.  Andre Brewster, Kennedy Cromwell, and Stuart Brauns invaded the Pathfinders in their lair, or whatever one calls a place of feminine abode when in want of a synonym, and emerged with all the sets of tennis that were available.

BEECH-NUT PRODUCTS, (advt.).  On Thursday, we took thirty boys to the Beechnut Plant at Canajoharie.  We went through all the works but the peanut butter factory and emerged with the usual sample.  It is hard to know whether the sample, the trip, the plant, or the canal is the attraction.  Afterwards, we inspected a lock in the barge canal, but no boat obliged by going through.

LOST WORLD.  That old thriller of your earlier days when the cinema could be slept through was put on here to an enthusiastic audience on Wednesday.  The fabled anumals were quite as convincing as the modern cartoons.  It was a good show.

BY POPULAR REQUEST.  “A Night At an Inn” was put on by request.  Of the original cast who attained fame on the Hyde Bay Broadway, Bob Zeugner, Wambam, Lawry Pickett and Frank Beury were as villainous as of yore.   George Chandlee was as forbidding as ever as priest.  Eddie Supplee and Jim Campbell served well as the other priests, while Sunshine wore the mask of the Idol himself.  It was a good performance.  Griff outdid himself with the mask.

SIGNS OF FALL.  Cap has started his fire.  It is a mere six feet tall today, but he is at it.  Tournaments are underway.  Today is almost an autumn day.

HOME PLANS.  We expect to leave here on 8:39 on Friday the twenty-sixth and will give you the arrival times later.  We get to Baltimore late that evening.  You will get a full notice next week.  We hope to have a private car once more.  The trip will be supervised, of course.

FIRST AID.  Jack Young is giving a very helpful course in first aid.  The first lesson was well presented.

CHANGE.  Lynn and Lord have come.  The Kinders and the Kerrs have visited us.  So have the Campbells and Jack Clemmitt and Miss Roberts his Aunt.  Mrs. Schmidt has taken away Carl.  Carl Barton has gone.

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