March 5, 1899

3-5-[18]99

Dear Mamma,
You didn’t write as I asked you to advising me who to invite for next Sunday. Although I shall not write until I hear from you Monday, I think I shall send the following scheme to Anna. Have her meet me in Boston next Saturday and go with me while I have my picture taken, then we can go together to see the Sargent exhibition of pictures, lunch and then go to see Julia Marlowe*. I shall ask her to come out to Wellesley to spend the night, but doubt if she will come. I know I shall feel in the need of some dissipation by Saturday as this present week is to be a very hard one with me, so many things are due.
Our Agora open meeting took place last night and was a grand success. We represented a Senate discussion on the Philippine Question. I was Senator Allison and made a few remarks during the preliminary business. After the affair we had a short informal reception serving lemonade and wafers. Everything passed off well. Miss Calkins – Faculty member of society – said the best one ever given. Miss Coman – another Fac.[ulty] member, Professor of History & Economics – nearly fell on Martha’s (our president) back she was so pleased. Miss Pendleton, Sec. of College, said she enjoyed it immensely & was interested throughout, and what was more, thought the girls showed a careful & thorough knowledge of the subject. Lots of alumnae members were back, Elsa Young, Elizabeth Ziegler, Nan Caleb ’96, Mary Haskell, Mabel Wall ’97, Agnes Damon ’93, Helen Damon, Mary Capen, Helen Buttrick, Frances Roussneau of ’98, etc. It was so good to see them all back and they were all so pleased. After it was all over, Elsa Young hugged me – behind the scenes – and said it went off beautifully.
Now I have had a good many expenses lately – all necessary as you may judge from the following:
Dr. Bancroft $ 4.00
Medicine 1.25
Mrs. Binal 1.50
Teachers Agency 3.00
Gloves 1.25
Economics syllabus 1.00
Laundry 2.00
Agora open meeting .50
$14.50
Now I should very much like to get a chemistry book etc. costing $1.25 and several other things. I am not extravagant. Just get necessary things but the last money has just taken wings.
Recently had an interesting letter from Phil which I enclose. Do you suppose he will come up for Commencement? (Please return the letter). It would rather be nice for him to be here at Float or some such thing.
We saw the transcript the other night that a Mr. Pomeroy of Washington D.C. had made a legacy of $60,000 to Wellesley College for new dormitory. Then some other legacies are to be paid and the residue is to come to us as well as the original $60,000. We have been expecting an announcement in Chapel but it has not yet come. It seems the college has not yet received official announcement. Oh I hope it is true. Our chapel is getting along grandly. I enclosed a picture of the girls snapped the other day. How do you like it?
I have not yet asked Agatha to come so now is your time to state any objections you may have. Have you any prospect of getting a girl during my vacation? Are you getting all tired out? I do wish you would say something about yourself. You tell me, Elsie, if she won’t first, how Mamma is.
What is Mr. Legeyt doing now if he has sold out? Or I believe you said that plan fell through & that Frank was home again (?).
Tell me all the home news. When is Louise coming to see you? Go into detail more about the entertainment. Tell about Mrs. Neal’s party.
Mildred Eliott had such a terrible accident last night. She had been taking a bath and stood up in the zinc tub and put her wet hand on the electric wire to change position. The insulation must have been worn through or something & she couldn’t take her hand away. She was given the most awful shock which doubled her all up. The girls heard her screaming and burst in upon her but couldn’t get her hand away. They bent back her fingers one by one and finally as her hand became dryer the current became weaker & they managed to get her hand off. She was all green the shock had been so great. You see the circuit was completed. Her fingers are all burnt way to the bone in some places but she feels entirely well. She doesn’t feel a bit of pain. She is still all full of electricity & her hand is numb. Just think of the pain when she was able to feel it. It’s her right hand of course. Isn’t that awful.

Lovingly,
Mabel

* Julia Marlowe – was an English born American stage actress (Aug 17, 1865 – Nov2, 1950).

Letters were made available courtesy of Wellesley College Archives.
Transcribed and footnotes added by Heddy Panik.