Monday, February 7, 2011

Letter38: Terrible News

Tighsolas,1910 era.




Richmond November 27th, 1911

Dear Norman,

You will be sorry to hear that poor Mary Jane (sister) died the 21st.

She had been ill only a week with an attack of asthma and bronchitis. Dr. Thompkins was out three times but as she had often been so very ill we were not so alarmed.

He called it heart failure at the last. They had sent for Mystie but she died before any of them got here.

She was buried Friday the 24th at 1:30 in the Flodden Church cemetery.

Mr. Sutherland (Reverend H.C. of Kingsbury) preached the sermon.

Bella and I went out by train Thursday, taking it at Melbourne. We got a chance up with Ines Pope.They drove us to the station. We went to Racine where they met us with a sleigh. Then Jack Pelan came out with a wagon so I got home with him.

It was not cold.

Dan came out with Clayton. He took a sleigh. Was better for him.

Clayton got his auto all fixed up is running it every day.

This afternoon Mrs. Skinner sent Lloyd over to see if I would like to go for an auto ride. Mrs. S. was going out for the first time. So we had a nice ride. The roads are smooth. What snow there is is packed down.

I had a letter from Herb Saturday. Also a short one the first of the month. He says he is in the best of health, weighs 180.

Said he recd your letter and was going to write. Also says he likes his position fine.

Had a letter from Edith and Marion this morning. They are well.

Heard from Flora last week. She is well.

I don't hear very much about St. Andrew's, only that they are going to have it in the Town Hall. Mrs. McMorine says they expect a 240.00 take at dinner. I hope they won't be disappointed.

Of course Bella or I must go and help.

I will be glad to see a cheque for I have been dead broke for quite a while and all the bills coming in.

I borrowed two dollars from Edith.

Grandma is a little stronger. She took the terrible news better than we thought.

I have stayed at Florence's a few nights lately. I was feeling lonesome and she too.

Jack's sister's little girl died in Montreal Saturday. He has been in nearly all week. And his mother is sick. Just came home for the funeral and went right back. He will be home after Tuesday.

I am reading the Parliament news. Also suffragette's doing.

I must start getting ready for Xmas soon. How long will they give you?

Flora comes the 21st. Now with much love
Your loving wife
Margaret

With such a stream of bad news on the homefront, Margaret looked for something more diverting less close to home. And the British Suffragettes and their colourful antics were just the ticket. These 'restless ladies' had a momentous week in late November, 1911: They had held a protest against the Asquith Government's Manhood Suffrage Bill, giving all males the vote, and on November 23rd Christobel Pankhurst and 223 other women, "white haired ladies and girls still in their teens; ladies in silks and laces, others wearing the cheap finery of the working class" had been arrested for vandalism. Mom Emmeline heard the news while campaigning in the U.S. "This means the truce has ended for the year. This a declaration of war,"she said. (From a newswire report in the Montreal Gazette.)

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