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Sunday eve. (at home).

Dear Esther,

I wonder what you are doing this beautiful Sunday evening. It has been so cold, but is nice tonight. I suppose you are looking foreward to your twentieth birthday, and not a thing from home. well, I want to tell you right now, you would not [have] enjoyed your vacation had you been home, and I am almost glad you did not come, and now I'll tell you why.

Our stoves have been acting up something awful We have not had a fire in d.R. stove for a week and you can imagine when the weather is quite cold how pleasant that is. We can never warm up the front room stove with out all the smoke going in D.R. I served some one (two) days and took machine out in kitchen and have had to eat several meals out there as it was too cold in D.R. Papa has stuck pole down chimney, took down pipe and everything & still it smokes. He said he just did not know what next to do.

The carpenter from Berne did not come that day. Do not know why, for it was a most beautiful day.

Mr. & Mrs. Martin with Lucile & Florence came this P.M. I was in hopes no one would come for I supposed the front room would be cold & smoky but it was on it's good behavior. Josephine & Elizabeth are going to attend school at Muncie this summer, both intending to teach school somewhere.

The H.T.H.S. boy played a game at Geneva Fri. night. The Geneva boys were short of funds so our boys played a game there for accomodation (for they had another Sat. night) and Clark said it was the rottenest game he ever played. Said it was not basket ball at all. Mr. & Mrs. Martin went with Clark that evening & Mr. Martin said it made him so mad he couldn't hardly contain hhimself. Said there were 6 Geneva boys on the floor a part of the time & our boys didn't notice it. I asked Clark about it & he said yes there was. But they didn't know it until afterwards. Then they went to Decatur Sat. night on train & after they got there they were not allowed to play on account of "Flu". Tho' Clark said they never closed the movies at all. Then their train was late & they didn't get back to Geneva till about 2-20, then there was no one to meet them to take them home so they all walked out here & Clark fixed up car & took them home and got back here at about 5 o'clock. He didn't go to bed at all; but was a good boy & went to S.S.

Harry did not go to Texas, but to work at Ft. Wayne. Don't know why he said that. Rolland Springer was on train from Decatur. Had been taking teacher's examination. Am sorry I didn't send you sewing for you to finish, for Ruth is still in need of clothes. Clark pays some attention to Rose Moyer. Did you like her? Well, I guess i'll quit. Hope you are not lonesome yet. Isn't Luella or Catherine any company to you at all?

Much love from--
Mamma.

Carpenter has just been here. This is Monday A.M. He came just after I had boiler of water put on, so don't know if I'll get your clothes dry today or not. He says they do not put fire-places in their houses now nearly as much as they used to. But he will draw a plan & send it to us in a few days. A beautiful day. But house was full of smoke when I got up. I must quit. How did you spend your birthday?

Why did those girls move from that house?



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