July 25th, 1893
Have only spoken to Patton(?) twice since you left. Guess she is getting along all right. Will make her a call some evening.
Chicago, July 25, 1893
Enclosed is a copy of letter sent to Maj. Blodgett, who answered in a noncommittal way, that under present conditions there was not much value to it. Father called at his office and got a copy of letter and looked at the reply.
Babe and Mabel started last night for Dakota.
No, the Mason girls are not gone and no immediate prospects, am sorry to say. No profit in showing them anything, the folks are disgusted.
Just got your letter, which has done me good. Had begun to wish you were about to come back, but see that it is a selfish thought and you and the boys enjoying it so. Cannot hardly make up my mind to think of coming after you, times are so hard, it depresses me and makes you feel that should curtail expenses all possibly can. Then I should get my teeth filled again, they are beginning to trouble me and house needs roofing, etc.
Presume Ralph would rather have a pony than a bicycle now.