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April 9th, 1923.

Darling Boy, Carroll:

We were all glad to receive your welcome letter.  You are indeed a busy boy.  Don't write when you are too tired and dead for sleep.  Poor little Boy, you do work so hard.  I am sorry you have to be away from your Mammie.

I wish I could have enjoyed the Operas with you, Thais and Il Trovotore are especially favorites and I have not seen Mefistofole or William Tell.

Aside from the music and your Church work there, there seem to be especial ties and I often wish you were back on the Pacific Coast which is so full of your good friends, not to mention, so many of your family.

While you are so rushed with the C. E. programs, just send me a card once a week.

We were quite excited to get a letter from Robert, which I will enclose.  [not enclosure]  Marguerite had said in her last they were very blue, as he had had another reduction in salary and Mr. Judd incapacitated for work because of neuritis.  I do not know why, the son, Harry, about 23, does not hold a position.  Robert is always cheerful.  It is a large family for a boy of 20 to be the wage earner, but this letter sounds encouraging.

Many thanks for the clipping - glad to have it.  The Legislators, except one, who went to Sitka with a Committee to visit the Pioneers' Home.  I guess those old Stampeders were glad to see each other.  I guess they all came for one rush or another, the Pioneers and the Legislators.

Hon. Dan Sutherland had Daddie and me to dinner at the Gastineau, also the Theiles and Sen. and Mrs. Ayer of Nome.  We all went to the Annual Dinner of the Presbyterian Church.  It was such a good one and served in the main room of the little church.  Yellow candles and daffodils made it look so sweet.  They served about two hundred I should say.  Annual election of officers.

Mr. Summers, Chief of the Weather Bureau, is a prominent member.  He is Wayne's father.  Mr. Merritt is a Methodist.  He is with the Forest Bureau.  These fine men are newly elected Members of School Board.  "Izzy" Goldstein, broth of a prominent Merchant and fur trader is the new mayor.

We all went to the Episcopal Church Easter.  There were very beautiful music.  Mrs. Jenne, was the principal soloist.  She has a very fine voice.  Husband is a dentist and she has three small children.  Mrs. Naud also has a lovely voice and has two tiny children.  Mildred was with the Contraltos.  Mr. Foster, the Member from Cordova, was in the Choir, as was also Mr. Pulley, Member from this dist.

William Paul sometimes sings with them.  He has a fine tenor and his wife a lovely contralto.  She is white, he is part native.  They are Pres.  Also have three children - one, Shirley Anne's age.  This man is very smart and a leader of the natives.  A bill was introduced to prevent any one who could not read or write to vote.  Paul and the Missionaries made strong pleas on the floor to defeat the bill.  It rouses a very strong feeling, from the lively discussion.  There is much to be said on both sides, for one never knows what is back of such movements and people speak from all sorts of motives, business, political, sentiment.  Women and school children took part in it.  The educators think they ought to know how to read.  The Missionaries think the good ones should vote whether they can read or not.  Some think Paul is a good leader, some think he is crafty, and so it goes.

A great deal of my time has been taken up with en coming to make estimates on cleaning, painting, upholstering, measuring curtains, etc. etc. pouring over catalogues and interviewing the Committee of One appointed to discover the needs of the Mansion.  It is proposed to introduce a Bill to remedy defects in the equipment.  I do not know if anything will come of it.  Mrs. Smith and I made estimates and went round to all the stores as the merchants offered to give bed rock prices or send for things for the same.  We certainly do appreciate good Mr. Keyes' wonderful interest and his generous attitude all the more remarkable because he comes from a coal mine in the Interior.  He thinks the Governor's House should be decently equipped to entertain and a fund to clean and freshen and to replace.  He thinks it awful the Governor has such a small salary and no entertainment fund and meager traveling expenses.

I believe I told you of a Bill introduced to "Strip the Governor of all ter. power," as the Empire put it.  It proposes putting all ter. power in a Board of Control, consisting of a Comptroller, the Atty Gen. and the Treas. making the last two officials elective.  Everything was to be referred to the Atty Gen.  This would cut of Daddie's Clerks and part of his Secretary's salary.  It would take away Karl's ter. salary (2000) and all the clerks in the Ter. Secretary's office, that is John and Miss McLaughlin.  He would be still be Surv. Gen. a Fed Office.  It was introduced by an illiterate Senator, but the Author is supposed to be the Atty Gen, a learned ambitious man.  At first, it was considered a huge joke, but later, folks realized it might pass, saddling the ter. with another official and raise the salary of the other two officials.  Recently, an amendment was offered to put the Governor on the Board and not give the power to the Atty Gen. Mentioned, and knock off the one thousand increase of salary, giving the Comp. Treas. and Atty Gen 5000 a year.

Most sensible people hope it will not pass. 

Major Cotwals sent 3 doz lovely yellow tulips for Easter before he went to Anchorage to join Co. Steese and Co. Meares.  Young Senator Brown of Nome sent a beautiful pot of lilies and Mary and Karl sent lovely tulips, pink as near the color of their wedding flowers as they could get.

The first of the week we went down to the Legislature to hear the Literacy Bill discussion and one night to hear the Alaska Steamship Freight rates discussed by the Atty General, Judge Rustgard, and Mr. Knickerbocker, the representative of the Co.  The Atty Gen. made charges in his report and Mr. K. came up to reply to them.  They are still at it.

Our bad weather gave way to lovely sunshine and Mildred and I started to return over a hundred calls.  We took little Shirley Anne one P.M.  We were out three afternoons.  Thursday, Mildred was taken quite sick with the prevailing epidemic.  She has been running considerable temperature, has sore throat and generally miserable.  I have been busy as can be looking after her and the Baby.  My letter would have started a few days earlier but for these extras.

The Baby is good as can be, but the best of babies require anxious and constant looking after, with their meals, naps, baths, clothes to laundry.  Hilma has been good to lend a helping hand and John gives her night ten o'clock bottle and the six o'clock morning one, then I take charge.  Mildred has been such a wonderful, careful Mother and I do hope the little thing will keep well.

She is now seven months old and weighs 17 and a half pounds.  She has caught up with her small friend, Mary Stewart who has always been two or three pounds ahead and is three weeks older, so Mildred is very proud.  She is heart broken to not be able to take care of her.  I think she will be well in a few days.  Baby S. A. is now taking her four hours nap on the back porch.

Karl is home with a touch of this grip.  John thinks he is taking it.  He can blame his indiscretion of wearing Sunday a very light suit, changing from his heaviest one.  He and Freddie Johnston (Rep from Fairbanks) walked quite a distance and carried back Karl's fine scales that Col. Steese presented them, to weigh the Baby.  They thought theirs might not be accurate.

Tuesday A.M.  John has simply reveled in this Legislature and I tease him and Daddie a lot.  Several exciting bills and Memorials to Congress have been introduced that may not come to any thing.  Mr. Sutherland is still in the Territory

A nurse came in to give Mildred an alcohol rub last night and the Dr. left her a sleeping pill (he is Homoeopathist) if she could not sleep.  She has been so wakeful.  I imagine her mind is full of the Baby.  Daddie is in with her now.  He just idolizes her and I think she likes him best. Baby wrote of a jolly Figi House Party, a "glorious Father's Dinner," in which she missed Daddie so much.  26 Fathers from Oregon and Wash. were there.  Then she had an awful toothache and was going to Dr. Carney's brother.  Had staid [sic] all night at Marjorie Turner's.  She goes to Robert's frequently. - weekends-

Now, Sweetheart, must return to my nursing duties.  Lots of love.  When you miss us too much, come on out west.  I do hope you can come this summer.

Your own loving Mammie.

Thanks for Paul's address.  The Elks sent Sister a beautiful pot of Crimson Rambler and Mrs. Case some roses.  Mrs. Stewart some delicacies to eat.  She has only taken liquids.

Lovingly -

Mammie

Envelope:  from - Mrs. Scott Bone, Governor's House, Juneau, Alaska; postmarked - [city rubbed out], Alaska Apr 10, 4PM; to - Mr. Carroll A. Bone, Traffic Dept, C. M. & St. P. Ry., 42 Broadway, New York City

 

 



 


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