January 15, 1899

Jan. 15 – [18]‘99

Dear Mamma,
How are all you getting along now that the person who made you so much trouble is out of the way? I hope Phoebe is all right and that no one has been taken sick, so you can put in some of the rest you need so much.
Now I suppose you will want to know how I am getting along. Don’t you be alarmed if I tell you of new developments in my case. I wasn’t going to say anything about it but on second thought decided that you would rather hear about it as long as it is nothing serious. So don’t you worry. When I got back I felt all right, though not very strong. But Thursday night I felt a funny pain in my right side, up near my shoulder. It seemed to run way through to my back and it hurt when I breathed etc. Of course I thought of my lungs immediately and was rather alarmed. I went up to see Miss Sherrod Friday morning and she had the nurse rub me with some sort of a counter irritant. She did not think it was anything the matter with lung as I had no fever – and she took my temperature three times that day. But when I felt no better Saturday the pain seeming more acute and hurting every time I stirred or moved my arm. She saw I felt rather anxious and advised me to have Dr. Bancroft examine my lungs. So he gave me a long careful examination and decided that THERE WAS NOTHING THE MATTER WITH THEM. So I was considerably relieved as I know you will be. He concluded that it must be something muscular – coming on as an after effect of the grippe – another of ‘em! And that it would pass away soon. So as long as it is nothing serious I am willing to bear the uncomfortableness of it all if only Mr. Grip will be satisfied and let me alone after this. You just should see me though. I am a regular Indian. Am painted with iodine all around my shoulder and extending six or eight inches front & back. I suppose it will do me good in time, though as yet I see no wonderful results.
Now, Mommy, don’t you worry one bit. If you do I shall be sorry I told you as twill probably all be over soon. But I thought if I shouldn’t tell you, you would worry all the time thinking I was keeping something from you. I am staying in the house, keeping warm and having as comfortable time as possible. Have been copying up notes of the lecture I missed and have been working some. Handed in my two papers in Literature and Economics on Thursday and have got an extension of time on my chemistry paper. I have most everything else made up but it makes me tired to think that we have a terrible written lesson in Chemistry 4 on Tuesday. I have got to do lots of reviewing in that though I shall have most of Monday to do it in.
It was almost worthwhile being sick to come back late and have everybody so glad to see me. Miss Luther and Dean asked me how I was, Dr. Roberts & Miss Hays & Fraulein Hahmeyer shook hands with me saying they were glad to see me back & hoping I was well.
The Faculty of Stone Hall are to give a Reception Wednesday afternoon from 4-6, and I have had an invitation. It contained the cards of Miss Cooley, Miss Hart, & Miss Balch. It made me pretty proud to have three cards when many of the girls had only 1 or two while lots of people didn’t get invited at all.
I hope my new waist* will come in time to wear though I should be perfectly satisfied to wear my silk waist. I have it on now and all the girls seem to like it very much indeed.
I wonder why I had never read that “Auld Licht Mousie” before? I think most of the stories are so clever and I like them very much. How does Elsie like the “Little Minister?” Does she rave over it? Though of course she doesn’t as she never does rave. When I was in Hartford I looked over the Maude Adams edition and found it perfectly charming. It was full of illustrations taken mostly from the stage and they were much better pictures than those which Auntie Belle sent you – that is I mean they were much better finished though some of them were the same.
And how do you like “Red Rock?” I saw in the last “Bookenon” today that it was one of the six bestselling books. How is Flossy? As anxious for petting as ever? When you send the ivy slip, you know I want some which you have already started. If you think of it you might also send that crazy little bow which I wore in my hair – I want to wear it on my neck and I hope Papa remembers that he promised to send more stamps just as soon as he got some.
Now, don’t you dare worry about me! Tis as you see nothing serious. Best of love to all.


Please watch for my films with an eagle eye.

*waist – is a common 19th century term used throughout the Edwardian and Victorian period to describe the bodice of a dress, a blouse or a woman’s shirt. It was exquisitely designed and usually worn with a fairly plain long skirt.

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Transcribed and footnotes added by Heddy Panik.