(Postmarked April 5th, 1918)
My dear Brother:-
I’m going to surprise you. I’ll bet you think I can’t write letters any day but Sunday — but I can. I meant to write yesterday but had company so I couldn’t, but I received your letter yesterday and it’s nicer to be able to answer it.
The piece you spoke of, “Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight” I have now. I received your letter at noon and Ransom was going to H.F. in the after noon so he went to Riley’s and asked if they had it in the Victor records. It was just out, in the April list, so he brought it home last night. It is sung by Henry Burr and is certainly BEAUTIFUL. I’d like to hear it sung by Elsie Baker though — or “Helen”, wouldn’t you? The other side of the record is pretty too, it’s “On the Road to Home Sweet Home” sung by Percy Himns. Do you know it? The chorus is like this “There’s a light that�s burning, For “Some one” out there, There’s a loving hand to guide him Where e’er he may roam Back again to “Peaceful Valley” On the road to Home Sweet Home.”
Now as to those letters, I’m afraid you are trying to fool me. I picked up the one that was postmarked “Montreal” and thought, “surely that can’t be THE Montreal letter” — and surely it wasn’t. Why can’t you send one of those or one from Syracuse? I told Bessie how my curiosity had been aroused and she says to send one of THOSE home and she’ll come over to help me read it. But never mind I enjoyed the one you did send. The ones for the Boston lady were particularly interesting. I won’t worry about you at all as long as your correspondents are like those two. In fact, I’m not worrying about it any way, you know “there’s safety in numbers”. I think I should like Mrs. Martin but she won my heart before this by being so nice to you.
Well guess it’s nearly mail time and I’ve run on enough for this time any way. We get our mail by auto now and it arrives about noon.
You haven’t said when you were coming home.
With best love
Shall I return those letters or keep them for you till you come home?