Friday, February 4, 2011

Letter 19: The Conservatives are Busy

Tighsolas Richmond August 18, 1911

Dear Norman,

Yours of the 15th received.
Marion wrote the first of the week giving you the information you asked for about Macdonald College. We had to get certificates from Dr. Moffatt for vaccination and her general (checkup). They asked for her weight so we went to McRae's and got her weighed, only 101 - not very much.

But she is feeling better than she did when she left school and is looking better.

About what Marion wrote, when Mr. Rothney called about wanting the house. they thought it would be just the thing for me to go to the city but I told him we could not say anything until you came home.
I hear that Mr. Rothney has given the college to Mr. Woodley, the New Principal. He may board.

Mr. Sutherland thought he would rent if he could not sell but later decided that they would stay here until they did sell.

Mr. Rothney looked at the Esnouf house with a view to buy.
Ian McMorine said we want to keep them both in town.

I think we have all the forms filled out and sent now. Just need the money.

I have got her some things at McMorine's.

Well, the election news.

I think they have got Mr. Montgomery fixed up all right. Dr. Skinner took him down in the auto to a meeting they had two nights ago.

They have rented the Barrie Block from Smilie so he is working with them this year and Bob Dyson is with them. Dr. Skinner said that is two that were against the Liberals last year - but the Conservatives are busy.

Tobin was in town two nights ago arranging matters.

Dr. Skinner was asking if you were coming. I said ,you won't need him, he said we better get all we can. So Sam and George Denzell were asking, they all say 'he better come'.

You better try and make some arrangement to be here and if you can stay and fix up for the winter.
I think likely this is the best place for me until we sell.

The last letter I got from Herb he was talking of Peace River District that he spoke of . I wrote him that I thought he was getting on well and he better stay in the Bank until you decide what you would do.

That if you did not stay on the road, you would likely go out west.

Allie McGillivery is running for Conservative member in Red Deer Alberta. He is getting up, is he not?

Sophia Nicholson leaves for Montreal Monday and then for the West. She just called twice. Would not take off her hat although we asked her to stay the night. She always had some excuse.

I will write again in a few days. You come home then we will see how this indigestion is. The trip will do you good and if you are not feeling well, we will just keep you here.

We are all very well. They have the telephone in at Jennie's. She called me up yesterday and invited me up for tea, as Annie and Aunt Christie were there.

With much love
Your wife Margaret

When they weighed themselves, it was fully dressed, so Flora was likely much less than 101 (unless they took the weight of clothes into consideration. I don't think so: in another era letter Edith says "I weigh 138 with my coat off." Flora is a tiny woman, so 101 isn't that skinny.
It appears that there is a sense, even in Richmond-Wolfe, that the election won't be a cakewalk for the Liberals.

Reciprocity wasn't popular with many Canadian industrialists, who didn't want tariffs on American goods lowered or eliminated. It wasn't popular with some citizens, because they feared the next logical step was the U.S. annexing Canada.

Some textile industry people, it is suggested in at least one era newspaper article, didn't want women to get the vote, because these women would likely vote for eliminating tarifs on textiles, in order to get cheaper fashions.

It was expensive for a woman to dress well in those days. Other era newspaper articles commented on it. One of the Nicholsons, likely Edith, clipped out a Letter to the Editor in reply to another letter mocking women and their expensive clothes habit. Men couldn't afford to keep them, the first letter writer complained. Well, if women could earn their own living, they could buy their own clothes, then, couldn't they? was the reply in the second letter. And it wasn't a woman's fault if most men preferred "the pretty butterfly of fashion and not the one who follows in St. Paul's admonition."

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