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[Page 1]

 

Where are the Suffragites?

 

Fire away Carry Nation

Fire away an ovation

You deserve approbation

From the wise Carry Nation

 

Drink & famine blights the Nation

Only fools give it ovation

Only [gulls] give approbation

Fire away Carry Nation

 

Drinks a plague  Carry Nation

Not worth consideration

Pubs to [wise] consternation

Fire away Carry Nation

 

Drinks a war Carry Nation

Fight away for Salvation

Drink brings man damnation

Hell gives it approbation

 

[XXXXX]. 23d Dec. 1908

 

Allan Bayne

 

60,000 Killed by drink every year.  Half of diseases produced by it come then war famine & plague

 

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[Post card addressed to Mrs Carry A. Nation]

 

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1 March 1909

6. Outram Road

Croydon

 

Dear Mrs Nation,

 

We are looking forward with great expectation to your visit to Croydon this week, and as I have received two communications from you to the effect that you have cancelled all other engagements to come here I have paid no attention to a letter from someone in London saying that you had promised to take their meeting on Wednesday

 

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instead of ours, so we are expecting you as you said and if you do not come it would be a serious drawback as we are getting on towards forming a Prohibition League and all the people are preparing the questions to solve their difficulties, so I am earnestly hoping you will be with us as I feel the work is going forward and that it would be very serious if it got hindered just at this point.  We have arranged for you and your niece to be with the Misses Neene, [again] and they are all ready to welcome you back.  We have remembered you in prayer and shall continue to do so.  With Christian love and every good wish for your richest blessing on your work, Yours in the Cause,

 

R E Keep. 

 

The Misses Neene’s address is

Clydesdale Altyse Road

East Croydon

 

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[1901 Feb 28]

 

Thursday night.

 

My Dear Mrs Nation: - I put your latest communication in the Star, as you requested.  I wish I could see you alone for several hours to get some more of that interesting story you have been telling me – the story of yourself.  But I shall probably not get to Topeka

 

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again.  Mrs Nation, wont you tell me one thing by mail?  Tell me the circumstances surrounding your banishment from the Christian Church.  What led up to it and how did it occur?  If you can write it out as interestingly as you could tell it it will be well worth reading.

 

When are you going to send me the diary, Mrs Nation?  I have the letters all together, safe in my drawer.

 

[Page 7]

 

But I shall never be happy again unless I see the diary.

 

With a great deal of love and good will, from your newspaper friend,

 

Edward A Braniff

Address me, Care of The Kansas City Star.

 

[Page 8]

 

[An envelope marked Personal

Topeka, Ksis

The County Jail,

Mrs Carrie Nation.]

 

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[envelope]

 

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Monday, August 12, 1901

 

My dear Mrs Nation: - Pardon me for not writing, but I have the impression that it was you who owed me a note and I was waiting all the time to hear from you.  I know almost nothing about your doings lately.  There is no one to tell me and the papers seem to have lost interest.

 

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I hope you’re out of jail by this time.  Please don’t get in any more.  Just you keep out of trouble if you can.

 

Dont bother about any money I may need for college, my dear Mrs. Nation.  I shall have enough to start on, and I hope to get through by earning money while there.  Yes, I passed my examinations.  It was only recently that I heard the news.  I will start for Yale about the middle of September.

 

I have no photographs of myself.  Young men never do—especially

 

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young men who look like me.

 

I am sending this to you at Topeka in the hope that if you are not there it will be forwarded.

 

Affectionately

 

Ed Braniff

 

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[1901]

March 21, 9:30 p.m.

 

My Dear Mrs Nation: - I couldn’t go to bed tonight without writing you this little note to thank you again for your goodness toward me.  Do you know, what you said today to me – several things you said – touched me very deeply?  I was strangely moved when I learned that one of the chief reasons for your coming to Kansas City was to see me, to know if I were well.  That affected

 

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me profoundly.

 

Another thing:  When I was setting on the train with you, after the rest had gone, I was so unexpectedly moved that before I could help it I had tears in my eyes.  You are so good!  You mean so much to me.  This evening I told two persons:  “The greatest person that has ever entered into my life is Mrs. Nation.”  And before I got through they told me I had won them over to you.

 

Let me tell you a secret.  I’m a little afraid to tell it, but I must because I

 

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must be honest with the one honest person I have ever known:  I don’t care a rap about your anti-saloon work.  I wish you were out of it.  I wish you could get out without injuring yourself in any way – just quietly withdraw.  What I care about is not the work, but you.  It is

 

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you who mean such a tremendous lot to me.  I don’t care much about saloons, I care about you.

 

Of course I know you won’t quit – indeed, I know I would be disappointed in you if you did.  But Id like to know you were safe, that you were going to live quietly the rest of your

 

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life, just be nice and respectable and contented and happy.  I’d like to come around every other night & listen to you talk, for you have a singular charm for me.  Why couldn’t I have known you when you were living more quietly, when the world didn’t know anything about you?

 

It is bed time.  I must close.

 

Only one thing more.  Please, under no circumstances, ever let any of my letters be made public.  With much love,  Edward.

 

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[Blank]

 

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June 23, 1901

 

My Dear Mrs Nation:  - I hope you will pardon my delay in returning to you your diary & your letters.  I have been preparing for my examinations, which come off Thursday Friday & Saturday, and neglected your request.  I shall send the diary & letters by Wells, Fargo & Co express tomorrow.

 

There is very little news.

 

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I have not seen your brother in a long time, but hope he has got over his rheumatism.  I am sorry I did not find time to use the letters & the diary, but never mind – I shall make use of them sooner or later, when I have got through college.  You were very good to lend them to me.

 

Affectionately

Edward

 

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New Haven, Conn., Feb 3, 1902

 

My dear Mrs Nation: - Your letter was forwarded to me here in New Haven by The Star.  It isn’t possible for me to do anything with the books you suggest; at least not now when I am so busy with my studies.  I have time for nothing else but my books just at present.  I was very glad to have a note from you.  I was also relieved to read in The Star that the report sent out about your accident was false.

 

Sincerely your friend,

Edward A Braniff, 42 Lake Place.

 

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[Envelope addressed to Mrs Carrie Nation Topeka, Kansas]

 

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Kansas City, Mo., March 5 [1902]

 

My Dear Mrs. Nation –

 

Thank you for writing me and making me the kind offer.  It would please me greatly to be with you again and to do what ever I could to help you.  But, as I told you, I am preparing to enter Yale and I cannot even for a little while give up my

 

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studies.  I am sure you can find someone else more capable of doing the work you desire than I am.  There are plenty of young men in Topeka, I daresay, who would be glad to take the chance you offer.

 

I am in good health and contented with my work.

 

With a great deal of love,

 

Your friend,

Edward A. Braniff

 

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New Haven, Conn., June 4, 1902

 

My dear Mrs Nation: -

 

I am heartily sorry you are in trouble again.  If I were in Topeka just now as a newspaper correspondent I should certainly do my utmost to help you.

 

Your letter affected me very much.  You know that always I have understood you better than anyone else, and now I think I understand you better than ever before.  Frankly, I care nothing about all this liquor agitation; I am thoroughly

 

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sick of it, and I don’t want to have anything more to do with it.  But the spectacle of you in jail would move me to such indignation, if I were a witness of it, that I would be very apt to start something going in Topeka.

 

I read the newspaper clipping from the State Journal.  It gives me great pleasure to know that you admire “Resurrection” and have been helped by it.

 

Now I know that it is to you

 

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I am indebted for “The New Voice.”  Thank you for thinking of me.

 

You have asked my some questions which I shall try to answer.

I am well pleased with my year at Yale, and with forestry.  I am quite sure that I shall have abundant opportunity to serve the country well in my profession, and that should be a cause of great pleasure to me.

 

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I shall very likely return to Yale this fall.  That is my plan.

 

I plan to spend the summer in forestry work in the East for the government.  I shall be sent either to the Pacific Coast or to Oklahoma.

 

Sincerely your friend,

Edward A Braniff

 

In a previous letter you enclosed some stamps.  Since you did not say for what use you intended them, I judge they were sent by mistake, and therefore return them.  Thanks very much for the pin.

 

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444 Greene Av., Brooklyn, N.Y.

May 24, 1909.

 

My Dear Mrs. Nation: -

 

Some of the papers say that you have abandoned temperance work, and gone to farming.  They give us so many absurd things, that we never know what to believe.  Some of your friends here declare they won’t give the statement credence, until it comes from you.

 

At the same time, no one could blame you for wanting a little rest from the hard labor you have undergone and the hardships you have endured, in the last ten years.

 

I wrote you in care of Mr. Scrimgeour, at some place in Scotland, but receiving no answer, suppose the letter did not reach you.  Shall be glad to hear that you are well and happy.

 

With good wishes,

 

Will Carleton

 

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[Envelope addressed to Mrs. Carry A. Nation that has been forwarded from Harrison, Arkansas; Alpena Pass, Arkansas; Manhattan, Kansas; to Beloit, Kansas.]

 

[Page 33]

 

Worcester, Mass. Dec. 23, 1907

 

My Dear Mrs. Nation

 

Enclosed please find $5 to help on the good cause.  That God may prosper you abundantly in the cause of temperance & righteousness in which you are engaged is my heartfelt wish.  I do rejoice to see our cause prospering.

 

Yours very sincerely

Mrs. E. M. Eldridge

 

9 Wyman St.

Sent from [Washington] Jan 26

Got this Jan 30th 1908

 

I acknowledged receipt of this & said you would write.  I extended her sub. A year.

 

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So little said about the [XXXXX]

 

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Paris. le 12 Febrier 1909

 

A Madame Carrie Nation

c/o the Manager of the Shakespeare Theatre

Clapham Junction – London.

 

Madam,

 

Your work, your mission are a subject of vivid interest to the feminine public of our magazine, a wide-world known illustrated monthly.  We should be really very glad to give in our columns our exact notice about your past and present life, your programm, your ideal, the aim of your effective Cruisade.  It would be so amiable from you to write us directly so as to inform us about yourself and your mission. . . . If not possible, however, we should be still very grateful to get from you the title of some book,

 

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booklet, or review (date, number and town) where we could obtain what we desire.

 

Forgive us, Madam, and believe us.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Albert Kohler.

 

P.S.  The coupon enclosed, can by exchanged for a foreign stamp (2d ½) or the equivalent in any post-office.

 

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[Envelope addressed

Madam Carrie Nation,

c/o the manager of the Shakespeare Theater

Clapham Junction

London

(Angleterre)]

 

[Page 39]

 

Regent Street,

Oadby, Leicester,

February 26th 1909.

 

Dear Mrs Nation

 

My Committee met on Tuesday last when I was able to present a balance sheet relating to your recent visit.  We reported (Mr East and myself) your very generous treatment with regard to a fee and expenses.  Unfortunately we are already in debt, and so we could not do all that we would like to do from sheer inability.  Please find enclosed Postal Orders for one guinea to cover your travelling expenses, with many and grateful thanks for your self denying and courageous services in Leicester.  With best wishes

 

I am Yours sincerely

G Ernest Winterton

Secretary

 

The mission cost us altogether £14-6-6 and our receipts were 6-5-0. only. 

 

[Page 40]

 

Mrs. Carrie Nation

 

Since ye cam here ye’ve played yer pranks

For which ye’ll no get [muckle] thanks

Ye’d better tak yer pair auld shanks

Across the watter

And try it on her freens the yanks

Wi silly chatter

 

Bit tell me this my quid auld wumman

Hae ye cam here o yer ain comin

Twast Scriymegour – wi him yer chummin

Frae auld Dundee

Oe his he in yer ear been burnin

He’d be M. P.

 

Whit eicht had he tae fetch ye here

Auld Scotlands fauts tae spy and speir

There’s lots my fegs fae scoff and sneer

Among our sels

That thump the book, and stamp and sweer

Twixt drucken spells

 

Yer frae Columba land o wonders

Cyclones, blizzard, murders, blunders,

Which sent us “Moody” preachin thunders

Tae [gav] us shiver

Bit spite o a “Nulli Secunders”

Scotland for ever

 

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Nae doot yeve seen some things that awed ye

And here and there some folks hae jawed ye

Some ladies tae hae een miscaed ye

Bit let that pass

Off by the wrist yin Aunan sawed ye

At port Dundas

 

Whit ails ye at the [pipe] my dearie

I thank Sir Wattie when Im weary

I’ve had my draw for thirty year aye

And I’m no jokin

Yet feel aye happy, blithe, and cheerie

When I am smokin

 

[Gang] home quid wife and rest yer body

Stick tae yer gin sling, ice, and soda,

A Scotchman likes his wee drap toddy

And always did

Bit hates yer shams, tin meat, and shoddy

And preachin mood

 

I hear yer next adventure Lunnon

Whare twa hoose shows a nicht are [sunnin]

Jist sling yer hatchet, pit some fun in

And set them bawlin

A salome dance wid just be stunnin

Same as Maud Allan

 

Jas M Lelland

Clydebank

 

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From the Glasgow Evening Times

Jany [23 or29th] 1909

 

I am proud I am a Scotchman

And not of that Cowardly Crew

Who insulted that old Lady

And those missiles at her threw

 

We sometimes make it hot for them

But to Ladies we are civil

Specelly when they are Reformers

Who are fighting gainst the Devil

 

Give not the children’s bread to Dog’s

Nor your pearl’s cast before stone

Lest they turn again and send you

Preceipts from the Book Drome

But Cheer up Dear Old Carry

We would have you understand

That your many Friends in Scotland

Will receive you Heart and hand

 

[Page 43]

 

[Post card addressed to Mrs Carry nation

C/O Mr Ross

Recorder

Tower Bridge, Police Court

London]

 

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Carry A. Nation.

 

“She hath done what she could.” To the Lord be the praise!

Who did in His mercy a Woman repraise

To show unto people and nations around –

The Gospel of Jesus, Whose grace doth abound.

 

“She hath done what she could” with ‘Hatchet’ in hand

To strike at the “Drink Trade” polluting the land-

Once land of the noble, the brave, and the free –

The beast “States” United o’er the wide rolling sea.

 

Oh! think of the “Fathers,” with conscience alive

Who once for their “Rights” did so manfully strive;

As “Pilgrims” they fled from the Tyrants at home

To Conscience still follow where’er they might roam.

 

Believer in God and in upright manhood;

Through ways that were homely in spirit so good.

They braved all the danger which faced their small fold,

In the Land of the West, as often is told.

 

‘Mong savages wild in the Land of the West

Those “Pilgrims” did settle and there they were blest;

Believers in God and in upright manhood;

In ways that were homely, in spirit so good.

 

Though little in numbers at first was their fold,

Yet brave were those heroes in actions so bold.

That not only Indians so wild all around

But also their own Race on that foreign ground –

 

They met and they conquer’d that handful of braves

When ground down with Taxes.  They ne’er became slaves.

The sturdy descendants of old Pilgrim band

Spread wide and spread far o’er that great Western land.

 

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But alas! A time came when success flar’d ahead

And drew many [roughs]’to the rich Prairie Sod.’

From Europe they flock’d to the lands of the West.

But those men were far – often far – from the best.

 

No longer the old simple ways of the “Fathers,”

But for looser ways with the crowds went one gathers.

Then serfdom arose in the land of the free

And White men bought Black men from far o’er the sea.

 

A new Trade uprose then, and shippers at home

Descended to villany wher e’er they might roam.

The Dark Afric’Continent they sought to explore.

And through their vile trade they human ties tore.

 

Till bleeding through Slavery, poor Afric mourn’d

Her sons and her daughters who for life had adjourn’d

In that land of the West, though to White Men so free;

Yet to poor [Hamic] Blacks land of sore misery.

 

Yet to price each his due, e’en then as well shown

Not all the slave-owners were tyrants be’t known!

For some were humane and kind to their slaves,

Whom they valued in life and esteem’d in their graves.

 

Ah! Blest was the slave who such [XXXXX] did find,

With a heav’n touch’d Heart and enlighten’d broad mind:

The slaves for such men could their lives well lay down,

For love begets love in the White, Black or Brown.

 

But for one who was kind to the Black Afric’ Race;

How many were Tyrants?  And hence one may trace

That things thus went on in the land of the West;

The Whites the oppressors; the Blacks the oppress’d.

 

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Till God in His wrath split the White Race in two

And War was declared in the land, which all rue.

Long and fierce was the warfare that raged o’er the main);

Hard-fought were the battles by [liver] or plain.

 

On both sides great numbers went down to the grave,

Stout patriots heroes, the bravest of brave.

The South wished to free from the Union of North,

And bravely resisted for all it was worth;

 

Till at last when both Forces were bleeding to death,

‘Neath the withering blast of the War-fiend’s foul breath;

The sweet Dove of Peace cooed its love-song,

Crying, ‘Halt! Brothers, halt! and for Union prepare.

 

Oh! happy the day when that warfare was o’er

And Peace reigned anew o’er Columbia’s fair shore.

When sword was re-sheath’d and the South & the North!

As Brothers clasp’d hands; and in Union went forth;

 

When White Race and Black Race, and all men were free.

To live in your Union: for Brothers ye be.

Oh! Why should the White Race with Black one

And treat so inferior?  ‘Tis time to call ‘halt’!

 

Such treatment ne’er shows a high-minded birth,

But rather betokens a clinging to earth:

No noble soul’d man would treat even a beast

With injustice, nor of God’s creatures the least.

 

If the Blacks are still low in Life’s scale, why not seek

You praise them through ways that are both kind & meek?

Educate, Educate, seek to repraise;

And the Blacks, in return, will the White Race [get] praise.

 

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E’en White Race from Black one might learn some good;

For the poor Negroes have shelter and food;

They are happy as crickets the long summer day,

And sing as the lark to drive dull care away!

 

Ah! Sweet are the songs of the poor Negro Race;

How tender their feelings as one may well trace;

How full of the Faith that lays anchor above;

How trustingly soothing their Hope & their Love.

 

Whether Love Songs of Friendship, Sex, Home, or Land,

How deep is emotion display’d on each hand:

No White man more Patriot than Negro can show

Off his Home - but where family and food stuffs all grow;

While their songs of Religion might well move the Soul

Through the great depth of pathos that runs through the whole.

O happy the land that can yield such a Race,

With instincts so upward, though ‘neath a Black Face.

‘Tis proof in our times that Saint Paul was quite right

When once he asserted as appears to our sight,

That “Of one Blood God made all Nations of Men –

To dwell on the face of the earth.”  So ‘tis plain

That the White and the Black, and the Brown, and the Red,

Have each color got from their great Loving Head.’

To find fault birth Color is to find fault with God,

Who painted the Rainbow beneath His abode;

 

Who paints all the Flowers of the garden and field

Which blossom and bloom, and fruits to man yield;

Who paints all the skies at the setting of Sun,

Whose colors so show His great work so well done.

 

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Not only “One Blood” through all Men Races flows;

But the “Bounds of their places” God also bestows.

What! “The bounds of their places.” Careth God for Man’s Home.-

Wherever the seed of old Adam may roam?

 

Ay, careth for Home.  But men oft forget

That the Home is the alter which God himself set.

As an emblem of Heaven to Sons on the earth,

To keep them in mind of their ultra-earth birth.

 

Alas! Oh, alas!  There is seen in our day

A worse state of slavery that darkens the way:

‘Tis the trail of the serpent in guise of a friend,

That stalks through the world, to crush & to rend.

 

It dwells in a Liquor and flows through a glass.

It foams, bubbles, colors & deceives Men alas!

‘Tis known o’er the world as “King Alcohol.”

And all Human Races bend ‘neath its control.

 

Though chief ruler now of the brave Saxon Race;

Its name is not Saxon, nor Anglo, we trace:

But East to Arabia, Rhol, ‘subtle’, al, ‘the’;

And hence is derived “Alcohol,” one may see.

 

Thus meaning “the subtle,” or “crafty,” or “sly;”

Its name was a warner to all passers by.

But others yet tell us, that Arabical ghold –

“The evil ghost or spirit’ – produced “Alcohol.”

 

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While others maintain that the name “Alcohol”

Proceeded direct from Arabic al ghul, -

“Destruction,” calamity.  In either case see

In its wake – ruin, death, disease, misery.

 

Oh! what a deceiver is King Alcohol.

That harden’s Man’s Heart, & blackens his Soul;

That robs men of Body of Brain and of Mind

And perverts their best nature through ways that are blind.

As desirable Food, Alcohol comes along,

To strengthen’ man’s body, and make him ‘feel strong.’

As Drink too, it poses to ‘cheer up’ men’s hearts;

But the more Drink is drunk, the more cheer departs.

 

As Drink too, it [poses] man’s thirst to “assuage”.

But the more of it imbib’d the keener thirsts rage.

While posing to “strengthen”, it weakens still more.

As a Food and a Drink, and a cure it’s a bore.

 

Behold its great ‘virtues’ on mankind as told:

It ‘cools in hot weather; and ‘warms in cold.’

As a great antiseptic, too, see its displays –

Living germs it kills, and preserves dead always.

 

Was ever such elixir seen like to this? –

Prolific of misery, while offering bliss.

Au Aqua Vita, for ‘water of life’ –

While issuing death, destruction, & strife:

To old Celtic folks as Usquebaugh knows;

And hence arose Whisky, as all men may own

Call’d “Water of life.”  Though of death as we find,

O what better proof of the blind leading blind!

 

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A great Panacea proclam’d oft to be -

A Cure-all, a Heal-all, [to] further still I see:

A Med’cine prescrib’d, when one is unwell;

Although oft a drug that leads down to Hell.

 

A Med’cine prescrib’d to cure fell disease;

And Medicine also to ward off disease.

As a high-class Tonic it frequently shows;

As a Pick-me-up-cure-all it puffs & it blows.

It shows through the Newspaper & Magazine realm

Are enough to dumfounder, perplex overwhelm:

Dress’d up in the garb of News Items.  We see

It pokes itself forward, that readers may [pree.]

 

It heals and it strengthens, it nourishes & stays;

Disease it “arrests,” while the victims it slays.

O what other drug in all pharmacy known,

Can Alcohol rival, as now is there shown?

Ay alas! Oh, alas! A worse Slavery still,

Has arisen through Traffic of Beer & Gin Mill:

‘Tis the slav’ry of White man, ‘tis the slav’ry of Black;

‘Tis the fall of them both, with the Devil on track.

 

And whence came this slav’ry?  Ah! Whence came it say?

It came with the Revenue men have to pay;

For Revenue, Revenue, Revenue now

Is one of the gods to whom all men must bow.

 

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No matter who sinks ‘neath the crush of its tread;

It fleeces the living; it fleeces the dead.

[‘Empire’] its watchword; this Juggernaut rolls –

Till it empties men’s pockets & dwarfeth their souls.

 

So Strong Drink is brew’d – ‘neath the Governments eye;

And Whisky distill’d from the Barley or Rye.

Then drinkers are Tax’d for drinking such stuff;

And non-drinkers also, because not enough –

of Revenue’s found, to cover the costs:

Alas! For such [‘Empire,’] with all its proud boasts.

O dear me! O dear me! Shall men e’er be wise?

Will ever Free Citizens Common sense prize?

 

Thank God!  They are turning and millions now see –

That “Drink Trades” a piece of vile deviltry.

The States are now rallying – rallying fast –

To the side of the Christ-like.  Whose vote shall be cast –

 

For the cause of the Right, for the Truth for the Home?

O fill up your ranks ‘[XXXXX] phalaux now come.

Prohibit, Prohibit, Prohibit the Trade

that has millions cut down & laid low with the dead.

Come, rally! Come, rally! Church Patriots. – all

Who love Church or Home, hasten Drink Trade’s downfall.

Prohibition your watchword; the Franchise your way;

Go forth with Vote ‘Hatchet,” the Drink Trade to slay. 

 

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Forth go with your banner in every State

It’s vict’ries forth – blaz-on, its good deeds relate;

Nor merely to “States’ of United States turn;

For in other lands, too, the Liquor fires burn.

 

And men o’er the Ocean need counsel as well,

So spread wide your banner to joyful news tell;

Ay, forth go with banner, let it gladly be borne –

O’er all the rich lands of the wheat & the corn,

Till the starv’d of the cities of all lands of earth

Feel the touch of the hand of the Heavenly Birth;

And the cladless, and homeless, & friendless shall know

That the Spirit of Jesus still dwelleth below.

 

Behold!  A great Leader has cross’d over the deep –

A Carry A Nation.  With joy let heart leap,

To see in that Woman a sign of the times –

When Folk are more valued than dollars or dimes.

To Scotland she came, set its Heather on fire,

Whose flames are increasing aye higher & higher,

Set her “Hatchet’ aflying in “Bonnie Dundee’

On the banks of the Tay, to the east of Lochee.

From Dundee to Perth – up the wide-rollg Tay,

Her ‘Hatchet’ she well bore aloft all the way;

And in that “Fair City” – “St Johnstone” of old

The rallied the clans; to her credit be’t told.

 

[Page 53]

 

From Perth’s ancient Avon to the ‘Kingdoms Fife,’

Her ‘Hatchet’ she carried to carry on strife, --

With the Drink Powers of darkness that lurk’in the Trade,’

And Traffickers there put to greet fear & dread.

To other Scotch toons, as Aberderen on the Dee,

Her ‘Hatchet’ she carried as plainly we see:

Let us hope it work’d well on the hard granite head –

Rear’d ‘neath the bright light which Old Colleges spread.

 

To Arbroath & elsewhere too, war hatchet she bore;

And in auld Abbey toon was proclaim’d the new lore.

To Edinburgh and Glasgow though widely apart

That champion for Truth’s sake went forth with glad heart.

In midts o’could winter, when landscape was bleak,

Her ‘Hatchet’ she furbish’d new warfare to seek.

Her strong Hatchet – the Bible – is clay more she wields,

And through it she conquers on unlikely fields.

In the great Glasgow City a grand work did she,

Its big Halls were fill’d; and speech was so free,

Officials of City great courtesy show’d –

To the brave heroine in whose Heart Love so glow’d.

 

Through Court House and Prison conducted was she,

And men were as civil as civil could be.

Hurrah! For great Glasgow; big Scots toon in West –

Once home of Saint Mungo the good & the blest;

 

[Page 54]

 

And where his Cathedral on banks of the Clyde,

Its bright light still shows o’er the lands rich & wide.

What city in Britain, or the wide world o’er,

Can beat Glasgow’s ‘Motto? – High, high does it soar: -

Let Glasgow Flourish by the Preaching of the Word!”

O happy the city that thus honors the Lord!

And happy the land, too that seeks to obey

The “Preaching of the Word” – in the old simple way.

 

The Scotch Prohibitionists being rallied in line;

Southwards Carry press’d then to New Castle-on-Tyne.

At its great Centr of Station huge crowd did appear;

For the “Saloon Masher’s” fame had spread far and near.

The great Central area in Station was packed;

And the crowd was respectful, tho’some person’s lack’d;

Some stared in astonishment; some jibed & jeer’d;

But the crowd as a whole very lustily cheer’d –

 

A squad of policemen kept the roughs in their place;

So New Castle’s reception was courteous, we trace.

For on eight days there she continued her fight –

In behalf of the Bible, the Home, and the Right.

 

Not mere opposition of Drink Trade was there;

But “Temperance” Societies aloofness did share;

Even Pastors of Churches ‘tis sad to relate,

Kept aloof from the ‘Smasher’ from West Kansas State.

 

The more is the pity; for had they been there,

Even Pastors, like others, would have heard [Bible clear,]

 

[Page 55]

 

Ay, Gospel and Scripture so pointedly put,

As might through Intellect reach to Heart-root.

 

For London she made then; but stopp’d by the way, --

At old Leicester town, where she made a short stay.

And there held aloft Prohibition’s grand banner,

In a way that attracted, as was her old manner.

Then in the big City of World’s great mart –

The mighty Metropolis, there she Soul and Heart

Threw into the work she there went to do –

And great things surely did, as one may review,

No wincing matters there, as one well could see:

Her straight talks sought to make the Drink-curs’d-free.

Some grateful were and hail’d her work with joy;

Some rav’d and curs’d; while others did annoy.

But e’en there also, great London though it be

Church folks in background kept, as one may see.

‘Tis strange.  Ah! Wondrous strange, that church should ban

Her who is so straight & shows the Christ-like plan

That would, if follow’d out by men at large

[Inaugurate] a Heaven, ‘neath human charge.

And hasten on the time for which they pray –

“Thy Kingdom Come.”  “Lord, hasten on Thy day!”

 

Ay, Church will pray for Holiness, Right, & Peace.

Then for the Drink Trade Vote Can Wrongs thus cease?

What worth’s the Prayer that Ballot Box may ban;

Vote as you Pray, and prove yourself a Man.

 

[Page 56]

 

Is Party now that Rules the Christian Nation,

Alone the Christ Himself and His Salvation?

Is Revenue from Drink of more esteem

Than Human Souls whom Christ came to redeem?

 

Shall “Empire,” thus built up, or Kingdom stand?

Greet Lord of all!  Thy Power on earth command.

Till Nations all the wide world o’er shall know,

That Thou still Rul’st in Kingdoms here below.

 

All hail!  brave Woman!  May the good seed now cast

By thee, on British soil, take root at last;

And upward grow and spread its branches wide,

Till Revenue from Drink shall seek to hide.

 

 

So ‘Smash,’ as thou hast ‘smash’d,’ O Carry Nation!

Till Hearts shall yield to Christ’s proclaim’d salvation.

For this thy Mission we sincerely pray –

Go on the way, and triumph day by day;

And when at last thy work is here laid down

Ascend to Heavn, O Soul! And wear thy Crown.

R. D. Whyte.

 

[XXXXX] Hazelwood Avenue,

West Jesmond

New Castle-on-Tyne,

10th March 1909.

 

[Page 57]

 

Garden City, Kans.

 

Dear Mrs Nation,

 

Your letter rec’d long ago, I should have acknowledged it much sooner, but I waited, thinking it would be too soon, for you to give us a date. & was no use for me to trouble you more than was nescessary, with letters.

 

Now however it is nearing Spring, & we would like to know when you can come.

 

I want, (if my health permits) to make your coming, the occasion of a great jubilee here to atone for the insult offered you & to let those insulters see that they do not run Garden City.

 

I heard of the bad treatment given you in London Eng.  We

 

[Page 58]

 

will try to guard against anything of the kind occurring here.

 

Lovingly,

Your sister in the work.

Nettie E. Wilson.

 

Feb 22nd 1909.

 

Do not fail to give us a date which we can rely on, & ans as soon as possible.

 

[Page 59 & Page 60]

 

[Envelope addressed to Mrs Carrie A. Nation.

Passenger

White Star Liner sailing 12th March to New Y

From

Liverpool

 

P.M. Please forward]

 

[Page 1]

 

SPP}

17th Decr  Glasgow City Hall 8 oclock

18th Dec. Tolbooth Mission High Street Glasgow at 8 oclock

19th Dec  Town Hall Coatbridge at 8 oclock

18th. Dec.  YMCA Hall Belleisle Street off Allison Street Cathcart Rd at 3 oclock

20th Dec.  Alexandra Parade Primitive Methodist Church at 3 & 6-30

 

SPP}

21st Dec  Aberdeen

22nd “  Aberdeen

 

23rd Dec  Homeworkers Industrial Exhibition in Fine Art Halls Sauchiehall Street Glasgow at 12 oclock

23rd Arbroath SPP

24th

 

[Page 2]

 

Dec 25th  Salcoats

Dec 26th  Lochgelly SPP

Dec 27th  Auchtermuchty & Cupar SPP

Dec 28th  Bethany Mission Glasgow

Dec 29th  Tent Mission Glasgow

Dec 30th

 

Jan 2nd}  Dundee SPP

Jan 3rd}  Dundee SPP

Jan 4th}  Glasgow Prospective

“5th} Glasgow Prospective

“6th

“7th

“8th Perth}SPP

“9th Perth}SPP

“10th

“11th Paisley G A Clark Hall at 8 oclock SPP

“12th Newcastle

“14th Wales

“21st London

 

[Page 3]

 

Dec 21st

 

Mrs. Nation leaves Glasgow by Uueen Street with 9-0 am en route for Aberdeen arriving 1-41 P M.

 

Dec 23rd

 

Mrs Nation leaves Aberdeen by Caledonian Route with 6-45 am and arrives in Glasgow Buchanan Street at 10-45 am & leaves by Uueen Street Station for Arbroath by either 1-10 P M arriving Arbroath at 4-29 P M. or by 3-40 P M arriving Arbroath 7-13.  If possible catch the 1-10 Train

 

[Pages 4, 5, 6, and 7 are posters]

 

[Page 8]

 

Joseph Makinson,

Holdrege, Nebraska.

 

Carrie Moore-Campbell, nee, Nation.

 

The Blood of the Scot will always tell,

Whenever arrayed for Right,

And the name of the Scot, we know full well,

Whenever it heaves in sight!

Both “Campbell” and “Moore,” we hail the names,

The world has known before,

O’er Highland and Lowland, hills and plains,

Echoed from shore to shore!

 

Little Miss Carrie!  The demon erred,

When he roused the ire of the Scot –

For, when, for the Right, the Soul is stirred,

No evil remains to blot.

A strong right arm, and a voice, sublime!-

The demon sank away,

Like the guard at the tomb, in the dawning time,

When the stone was rolled away!

 

[Page 9]

 

Now, tremble, O, demon!  That Soul is freed,

With force, a million fold,

With speed of an Angel’s word and deed,

And strength of a warrior, bold,

The Soul of the Martyr, marching on,

With the Sword of the Lord in hand,

Ere another prophetic year is gone,

That Soul will, a Victor, stand!

 

Joseph Makinson

 

[Page 10 and Page 11 not transcribed]

 

[Page 12]

 

Why I went

The tragudy on board the columbia

The Prohibition party in Dundee  Scottish

The permissive licence  Robert Burnes  poetry

The drunken women licence groceries

Pawn shop  local veto missions

Eggs in London  W.C.T.U.

House of Lords  woman suffragitts

Croydon West cliff-on-sea  John Quinn

Scotland compared with England

Then America  voyage Home

Highland in the Ozarks  Chautauqua

America

 

[Page 13]

 

H. C. Orr

[A.] E. Woodman

 

[Page 14]

 

Hoy DeJarnett

[XXXXruce] Collier

Wilton Lee

George Edward

Royce Graybill

 

[Page 15]

 

These lines were found on the back of a 1 £note, recently passed into the Bank at Belfast [on]

 

The ordinary course of business

“This piece of paper in your hand

Declares to you that on demand

You twenty shillings shall receive

This simple promise you believe.

 

So Christ Who died, but now doth live,

Doth unto you this promise give,

That if you on His word believe,

Eternel life you shall receive.

 

Upon the first you calmly rest,

Which is the surest, & the best?

The Bank may break, Heaven never can,

‘Tis safer trusting God than man.”

 

[Page 16]

 

First Verse

 

A little maiden climbed an old man’s knee – beged for a story do uncle please, why are you lonely, why live a lone have you no babie have you no home –

 

I had a sweet heart years years ago, where she is no pet you will soon know.  listen to the story I’ll tell it all & beleived her faitless after the ball. ([corons.])

 

Second verse.

 

Bright lights were flashing in the grand

 

[Page 17]

 

ball room, sweet music floating playing soft tunes, there came my sweet heart my love my own – I want some water, leave me alone.  When I returned pet there stood a man kissing my sweet heart as lovers can – down fell the glass pet broken that all, just as my heart was after the ball.

([corons])

 

Third v---

 

Long years have passed and I have never wed – true to my lost love tho she is dead – she tried to tell me tried to explain I would not listen

 

[Page 18]

 

pleading were vain.  One day a letter came from that man he was her brother the letter ran – that’s why I’m lonely why live alone & broke her heart pet after the ball.

 

After the ball is over after the break of day – after the dancers leaving after the stars are gone, many a heart is aching if we could read them all – many’s the heart that is broken after the ball. 

 

[Page 19]

 

[Not transcribed]

[Page 20]

 

Stubbs’ brothers,

Surprise,

Sept. 12.08.

 

[Page 21, 22, and 23]

 

[Not transcribed]

 

[Page 24]

 

[Envelope]

 

Percy [Winsutt]

Mexico, Mo.

Feb. 18 –1904

 

[Page 25]

 

[Envelope]

 

Mrs Dr Jones

13th Central

Kansas City

Kansas

 

[Page 26]

 

[Not transcribed]

 

[Page 1]

 

Fulton, MO.  July 12 1908

 

Miss Callie Moore,

 

Dear Friend rec’d your long letter the other day and I want to thank you for such a nice one.  I had the blues so bad when I received it that I could hardly breathe but that nice long letter done me lots of good.

 

Callie I am over in Montgomery County on the big [Lutre] on a camping trip I came down Sunday morning there was five boys down here and the Doctor told me to pack up and come down here and spend two or three weeks with them and he thought that would do me more good than the medicine he was giving me and so I am here

 

[Page 2]

 

July 24 1908

 

Excuse this paper but it is all we have down here.

 

but am not feeling very good have not felt able to leave the camp yet.

 

Callie it begins to look like we are going to have something to eat today one of the boys just came in from one direction with some squirrels and young rabbits and the other boys are coming from the other way holding up a big string of fish and they look pretty good from here.  Newton Hockensmith is hollering at me to take one of the squirrels and make some dumplings with it I am chief cook and bottle washer down here now and you [XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX]  I fix everything up and let some

 

“over”

 

[Page 3]

 

of the other [boys] cook it – I cannot stay on around the hot fire and we are having a great time Newton told me last night that I was the best cook in the county.

 

Callie if you find anything wrong in this letter you must overlook it as this [XXXXX] have hollering and throwing [XXXXX] [XXXXX] all of the time and I will have to stop as here comes the mail man we have a mail man coming right by our camp he is a R.F.D. man.  I will be home the first of next week.

 

I will close for this time hoping to hear from you as soon as I get home.

 

As Ever

[Grover]

 

[Page 4]

 

[Envelope

Miss Callie Moore

704 Reynolds St.

Kansas City

Kansas]

 

[Page 5]

 

Fulton Mo

Sept 14  08

 

Miss Callie Moore

Dear Friend as I am feeling some better today I will try and ans your letter and rec’d quite a while ago.

 

Callie I have been having a fierce time of it for the last three weeks.  I had some teeth pulled and they injured my lower jaw in some way and I have been having a fierce time of it I thought that I knew what pain was but I found that I did not it seemed sometimes like I couldn’t stand it any longer and for over two weeks I did

 

[Page 6]

 

not get a bit of sleep only when they gave me morphine and that kind of sleep does not do you much good.  I am getting so I can sleep a few hours at a time now and the most of the pain has left me and I feel better.

 

I still have a pretty sore mouth though cannot chew anything yet am living on milk and am getting very tired of it too.

 

Callie I am going to send you that penant as soon as they get some more in they are out of them now and the one I have [XXXXX] to a pillow top and I gave it

 

[Page 7]

 

to [mother.]

 

Callie I had an old friend from K.C. come out to see me the other day he was passing through and said he thought he would drop off and see if I was still here.  It seemed like old times to see him again, he is an electrician in K.C. now.  Callie it begins to look like old times here now the schools are opening up here and it doesnt look half so lonesome since the boys and girls have begun to come in.

 

Dr. Jones rang me up yesterday

 

[Page 8]

 

and wanted me to come up and work on that old electric clock and get it to running once more but I wouldn’t go.  Callie I guess things seem a little quiet since you came back from your trip it always does to me.

 

Well Callie guess I had better close this as I do not feel like writing a very long letter as I am so dizzy after taking so much morphine and I am so nervous that I can hardly write at all Hoping to hear from you real soon I remain As Ever

 

Yours [Grover.] 

 

[Page 9 and Page 10]

 

[Envelope]

 

[Page 11]

 

Cleveland Mo.

June 24, 1908.

 

Dear Callie:

 

Well, I am taking my last turn down here and hope to “come home” (ha!ha!)  Wendesday

 

[Page 12]

 

evening

 

Won’t attempt it now but will tell you of my good times when I get with you.

 

[XXXXX] up all my mail and find enclosed “a little” and meet me please if you can.

 

I will try and phone you before leaving.

 

Your loving cousin,

Carrie Belle –

 

[Page 13 and Page 14]

 

[Envelope

Miss Callie Moore

704 Reynolds Ave.

Kansas City,

Kansas.]

 

[Page 15]

 

Wendesday morning.

 

My Dear Callie: -

 

Received the postal and I’m real sure you meant that I was your shadow and you my sunshine and all.

 

It is all down here just like you told me but in one case I’m going to be sunshine.

 

[Page 16]

 

May and I could never make good companions but she has been just as sweet as she knows how and will not stand for me to go back to you untill I have stayed with her a week.  So I’m going to try.  They boss me around to much and I never got any while at “Your home.”

 

[Page 17]

 

and look on the bright side of life.  But really I have enjoued myself very much, more than I expected to.  I have not been with Cousin Nannie long but think I will like out here a little better.  Really I told you when I left that

 

[Page 18]

 

just got lots of mail this morning.  Please send all mail to hereafter to May’s home.  I believe it is more handier for me and will thank you so much.

 

Well my dear cousin I must close and don’t worry for I’m picking gooseberries and eating more

 

[Page 19]

 

Give my love to Aunt Dilly and tell the boys hello for me.

 

C.B.M.

 

Don’t you dare send me any more clothes for I have so many down here now I can’t keep track of them all.

 

[Page 20]

 

than I throw in the bucket so you know I’m just having swell and dandy times –

 

You know that is such a favorite job for me.

 

Well bye-bye

 

Your loving Cousin

Or little

Sweetheart.

 

[Page 21 & Page 22]

 

[Envelope

Miss Callie Moore

704 Reynolds Ave

Kansas City

Kansas.]

 

[Page 23]

 

Louisburg Kan.

June 12, 1908.

 

My Dear Callie,

 

Received your postal this morning and certainly wish I was with you to help you with all the work while Aunt Dillie and the boys are so busy,

 

[Page 24]

 

and told me to be sure and come in tomorrow (Sat.) that there was going to be given a party Mon. in my honor.  How am I not in a fix, down here and only that duck shirt and my embroidery waist to wear but I’ll just a big I know [XXXXX].

 

It certainly seems

 

[Page 25]

 

Now I have no idea how long I will be here but I am thinking, for some time.  You can understand that I’m under Grandmother’s finger so just never know what I’m to do next –

 

“Old sugar meat” (May) called up last night

 

[Page 26]

 

strange that they are all so nice to me but under your roof feels so much like “home.”  But I’m having a real nice time –

 

Who did you say was going to give a party when I returned?  Never could make out the name -  Ever heard from Cousin Charlie?  Well I just must close with lots of love and kisses  Your loving Cousin Carrie [Belles]

 

[Page 27 & Page 28]

 

[Envelope

Miss Callie Moore

Kansas City Kansas.

704 Reynolds.]

 

 

[Page 29]

 

Wash. Aug. 2, 1908.

 

My Dear Cousin Callie: -

 

Certainly was tickled at that “full blown beauty.”  But look here I’m thinking you are going to force me to ask one of the others to send me yours.  Now, I have one of all but you and I’m just going to worry you half to death writing you if you don’t send me one.  Before I leave here if I have my picture taken am going to send each of the kin one, you are the only one I gave the only picture I had.  If any are left will be generous and give you another –

 

[Page 30]

 

When have you heard from the wild and reckless but loving little Charlie?  Write me all about him and remember me to him in your letters.

 

Do you and dear Aunt Dilly have the same hard times getting the meals?  After George and Jake get married (I don’t think the other two will) you and Aunt Dil come and stay with us.  Has Cousin G. W. found another girl or is he waiting patiently for her return from her summer vacation - And with out asking I know

 

[Page 31]

 

Jake has had a new girl every week – He’s a craker-jack.  Let me know kid, if [Mal] or Jackson are phoneing up much of late.

 

Have you seen much of Sadie lately?  Give her my love when you see her.  I always felt so sorry for her for I believe she fairly worshipped Cousin G. W.  Really if I loved any stick with pants on that I knew did not love me I would die first before I’d let him know it.  Now would you not to?  And Sadie is so old to not to have any better sense –

 

[Page 32]

 

 Are you going to take your trip to the Falls.  Just wish you could come by here.  Woulden’t it be dandy?  Give my love to Mrs – (your back door neighbor).  Never can think of her name.

 

I have been here a little over two weeks and like it fine, but no place beats K.C. for fun.   Only I believe it would be a little more jollier with less old maids – They gave me a pain I’ve never been able to get rid of.  Tell the club girls hello and all the cousins and Aunt Dille

 

Your loving cousin,

Carrie Belle McNabb.

 

[33]

[Envelope postmarked Washington D. C. Aug 3, 1908

[Miss Callie Moore,

704 Reynolds Ave.

Kansas City,

Kansas]

[Page 34]

 

June 19 – 18

 

Dear Loving Mother & Sis.

 

Sis I received your long interesting loving letter yesterday and believe me I felt a hundred percent better after reading it.  I only wish I could make mine as interesting but if I say anything that I should not it will be cencored and it won’t be mailed so about I can write about is myself only.  I could write a book about everything in general to you but we must keep everything as much a secret as we can to keep the out side from knowing what is being done.  It may

 

[Page 35]

 

be valuable to the enemy.  I understand the words that were the actual truth in the clipping you sent me, and it it is up to the cencor wheather he will pass it.  I don’t know, but the fellow that wrote that piece has been to see on a destroyer.

 

I showed the clippings of “life,” to the Boys and we all had a good laugh.

 

I am going to try and come home about christmas time if I can possible make it I bet everything looks dandy since you have everything all fixed up.

 

[Page 36]

 

 I hope mother is well when I come home again I was dissapointed not getting any of her buscuits and good eats, and believe me I am going to make up for lost time when I do come.

 

[Sis] just as soon as the Boy gets large enough to walk let me know and I will send him the Sailor outfit.  I give a great deal to see him I bet he is some Boy.  [Give] give my best to John & Maud.

 

Tell Louise I was sorry I didn’t have time to stop and see them.

 

[Page 37]

 

The next time you see or write to aunt Mag tell her I often think of the good little time I had while I was at their home the horse back riding, hunting and above all the wonderful eats.  They treated me royal.

 

I am pushed for time for writing Sis dear So I must close for this time

 

Lovingly Your Brother

J. R. Moore

 

P.S.  Give George & Louise My Best Wishes

Hope this reaches you all feeling fine

 

[Page 38]

 

Jan. 29 – 19.

 

Dear Loving Sis:

 

I Just returned from a five day leave in Paris and believe me Sis Dear Paris is a wonderful city.  It is a trip I always will remember I went up to Rums and was all over the front and it was some sight to see I will wait my home coming to tell you all about it  The Lord know when that will be, but I hope not long.

 

I am feeling fine again and I am affraid I am regaining the flesh back for I feel it

 

I received you letter before I left for Paris but didn’t get a chance to answer I thought I would have a chance in Paris but I only had a few days and there was so much to see I didn’t have a minute for we were going early and late.

 

I am receiving letters from alberta rite along scolding me for not writting I dont see why She don’t get them of course I didn’t write while I was sick but wasn’t my fault, and if She don’t stop writting those little card of foolishness I am not going to bother about writting any more.

 

If Mother bys the farm or trades for one I

 

[Page 39]

 

will make her a proposition which I am sure will satisfy Her, I am not sure I could farm again but I could give it a mighty good try, and She and I could be together.  I wish though She could get something in California.

 

Well everything over here is almost a stand still they are sending very few Sailors home and they are special cases.  They are getting a few Soldiers accross but they are not going as fast as one might think.  It seem they are waiting untill peace is signed.

 

I don’t expect to get home or that is the Statis for two or three months if then.

 

Sis I am awful lonesome to see you all how is the Boy Gee I will have to buy him long pants when I do get to see him.  Glad to know George is up and going again I suppose John is as fat and jolly as ever.  Give them all my best.

 

I forgot to tell you I saw the President Colonal House & wife & Mrs Wilson, I went to see and old Ship mate of mine who is a gard of all confidential papers in Colonal Houses office and while there President passed with a few feet of me going in Colonal Houses office.  He is looking fine Col. House has been very sick.

 

I am sending you a clipping I cut out of a paper

 

[Page 40]

 

about the sinking of the Lucia. the time and Dates are a little off but the rest is all o.K.

 

I received a letter from Hazel today and She says She has not recived any of my letters I am almost positive though that my letters have been lost on Ships that had misfortune like the Great Northern that went on the rock out of New York.  But they Say the mail service is getting better right along.  Several of the Boys has never received their christmas mail which they know has been sent.

 

My friends in Calif has been scolding me too for not writting.

 

I am going to stop now Sis Dear for I have several letter yet to write

 

Hoping this finds you all well and happy I am as ever you loving Brother J.R.

 

My sincere Love to Mother.

 

excuse mistakes which I know are many.

 

[Page 41]

 

Louisburg Kans.

Feb. 10. ‘06

 

Miss Callie Moore

 

My Dear Cousin

 

I guess you think “Old Myrt” has forgotten you but I haven’t  When a person once meet you they never can forget you (I am not going to tell you why)  I am stay-

 

[Page 42]

 

ing with Edna.  I like it real well Sometimes I half to work pretty hard.  (But one thing sure “Myrt” not going to hurt herself.)  When are you coming down here I wish you could come this month.

 

We have been having a fine time skating You ought to see me skate.  We go about two miles out in the country.  The other night the boys took some lunch and we made coffee.

 

Callie Ed wrote me one long letter then the next day I got one from him at Bon-----he said arrived here safe.  Will write tomorrow – Ed.  The next day Leave for K.C. real soon.  “Ed”

 

I wrote back.  Hope you had a nice time and arrived in K.C. safe.  “Myrt”  I think he is mad because I did not

 

[Page 43]

 

him a long letter.  You phone and ask him what is the matter.  I hear from my little Westport boy all the time (Oh he is a “peach.”)

 

I am going to Geneva sometime soon.

 

Write me real soon because I like to hear from civilize people

 

Love to all

Myrt

 

Uncle [Cam] wrote Aunt Eddie he was blind.

 

[Page 44]

 

Hennesey [OT]  Dec 18 1905

 

My dearest Carrie  Your letter to hand it was sweet – honest – and did me so much good I never wrote that I would nt come to K City to see George & your Mother – but that I would not come soon because you father had disgraced all of us – he told a lie and wrote it himself if it is there Yes he is a bad bad man on the contrary I am going to stand by all you children

 

[Page 45]

 

and your mother too.  Yes dear one I knew what a hard time you & your mother have had to live so as to be respectable I love your mother and I will fix it so George can keep the two hundred I am sure I can so he can pull through and everyone of you can depend on Aunt Carry to be a friend in need O dear one be true everyone of you go to Sunday School & church go with the best all will come out right – yes I write and get letters

 

[Page 46]

 

from your father and he tells me things I do not believe a word of He wrote me [word] if I said so he would go back home but I told him not too (he spoke of Calling & fighting) that you were better off without him that he was no friend to his children a [wife]  Don’t say anything about him and if he comes to disturb you in any way [XXXXX] him over to the peace but be quiet let him do all the talking people will make up their minds and he will be found out – as he is so will you

 

[Page 47]

 

if ever he [shows] any more letters to tell such things you have him [show] them to you  O Callie it is terrible to have him go against his own flesh and he has such nice children he is possessed with evil spirits I want you to look after Mrytle poor child she has no home and brothers & mother as you have you and Myrt can come to me at any time and go to school or she can tell her so I send you a letter I just got from Carrie Bell my grandchild I am going down the 24 of this month to see them Cousin Charlien will be

 

[Page 48]

 

at your home tell her to wire The Hatchet just when she will arrive and some one will meet her in Gutherie you put any of my things in her trunk you can I am comming to see you whenever I pass through K.C. but I will be in O. T. for six months any how organizing Federation we will take this place for God & prohibition  Be just as good to Aunt Eddie as you can be she has a place on her breast that I fear is cancer  Your Aunt is your firm stand by  tell your Mother and the children So glad you wrote me such a good letter thank God O sweet one trust God he will never leave or forsake you

 

Love to all your devoted

Aunt C A N

 

[Page 49]

 

[Envelope

Miss Callie Moore

704 Reynolds Ave

Kansas City Kans]

 

[Page 50]

 

Not transcribed.

 

[Page 51]

 

Little Rock, Ark. March 14 1906

 

My Darling Callie

 

Your letter came while I was at Hot Springs  I just left there three days since Aunt Eddie and Charlien were there I know it will do both good I will be there next Sunday again tis a great place so many visitors from all over I am getting so hungry to see you the boys & your mother I dislike to go while your father is doing so badly but I may go through the last of this month on my way to Nebraska will try to let The Home know it in time to advertise it I want to see you & all want to see your father also  Dear one I can not write

 

[Page 52]

 

much so many calling to see me  God bless you  -- I [send] [XXXXX] the ten dollars for your dear self  I am loving & devoted

 

Aunt

Love to all

My Georgie  [XXXXX]

 

[Page 53]

 

Crossett, Ark. March 26 1906

 

My Dear Callie

 

Have just wired you that I would pass through K C on my way to Orleans Neb where I speak Friday night

 

I want you to go with me up there maybe I will have you travel with me for a time I believe I could educate you so you could be as good as Sister Jones  I am getting so I do not have to be so careful for fear I will spend a dime

 

Aunt Eddie will be

 

[Page 54]

 

with the Dr when this reaches you I expect Dear sweet sister I pray God she may do well I will have [charlein] stay in Hot Springs for some time I may have to wait in K City a few hours [a] may have to leave right away you can find out by asking when train leaves for

 

[Page 55]

 

Not transcribed

 

[Page 56]

 

Orleans Neb you have a valise with a change in it we will be back in a few days  Have your mother at train if I go out on [XXXXX] I want to see her  I go through Little Rock Ark Ft Smith and get to K City [XXXXX] depot I think at noon Thursday Missouri Pacific

 

[Page 57]

 

I expect to stop to speak at The Home on my return so I can see all of the Folks and so anxious to see them all  Your loving Aunt

 

C A N

     

[Page 58]

 Sapulpa, Ind. Ter. May 4 1906

 

My Darling Callie,

 

Have you in my mind if I have not written  We found Aunt Eddies watch it was at Gloyds I want you to write me just as soon as you get this letter and answer the following questions  Tell me all about your father  Does he [XXXXX] you any what is he doing?  Do you go to The Home?  What is Frankies address?  How is Jake doing What is Joe going to do when school is out?  Did Mother give Cousin Sue the three dollars she wrote me for more money I have not answered the letter yet wish you or your mother would go see about how Aunt Jane is

 

I got a long letter from John – which I will publish in June Hatchet it is about the drink in South Africa

 

[Page 59]

 

I am on my way to Arkansas have Mrs Jones make dates for me Charlei is doing well so are her children  I will let her remain there with a good christian family I pay 100 a day for her board but when she is doing well I cant complain – God is good to me and as long as I have health I can make the money to pay it so much [rain]  Now you write have your mother and [George] put in post scrip  O, how lonely I feel at times  My sweet sister is hid from my face in this world forever O Callie I would give 1000 dollars if I could have been with her at the last  I will never get over it  I pity your poor father but if I do not let him know

 

[Page 60]

 

that I will and can [expire] him – he would [break] all [bounds] it is a grief to me to have trouble with him but he is so desperately vile in some of his ways he must be checked held down and I seem to be the one to do it  We never get rid of sorrow in this life  Good by my dear Callie Love & XXXXX to all  Aunt Carry

 

Take care of [these] papers I got a card that your paper The Hatchet was held in the office  [There] is directed wrong to 907 Reynols tell carrier to bring them to you

 

[Page 61]

 

[Envelope addressed to

Miss Callie Moore

704 Reynolds Ave

Kansas City Kansas

 

With return address of The Hotel Ripley

Sapulpa, Ind. Ter.

 

[Page 62]

 

Not transcribed

 

[Page 63]

 

Hope, Ark., June 5 1906

 

My Dear Callie

 

left Hot Springs this morning Your Cousin Charlien is better – slowly all the time – I saw Clint Moore there  Brother Tim [Moore]  [XXXXX] he was the one who had rheumatism so much he went there on two sticks he is waling a little lame now the Dr says he will get all right

 

I need some one to see after me I have thought I would have you but you are needed at home now but maybe after a while you can come to me  Now you don’t write me as often or as much as I want you to your letters are very dear to me there are scarce  I have not answered Johns letter yet

 

[Page 64]

 

he wrote to someone that he was thinking of marrying if he does I dont think he will ever come home  The children in Texas were well and learning fast I am in good health but I can not go as fast as I used to I am anxious to hear from your father  I fear he will go to the dogs What a shame write me every thing you know about him  Where is Myrtle I will take her on a trip to chicago if she will be ready about the 25 of this month you tell her I will come by Kansas City for her  Tell her to write me at Memphis Tenn for the [XXXXX] this month  Where does she stay?  How is Rosee I want you to write me at Memphis

 

[Page 65]

 

also I send you a dollar tell the boys to write me a nice letter apiece and I will send them a dollar – Tell your mother to write to me also  Well dear one be true in all things so that God can say well done live to live forever we will have a glorious awakening at that Day  Love and Kisses to all

 

Your devoted Aunt

Carry

 

[Page 66]

 

Camden, Ark., June 6 1906.

 

My Dear Niece

 

I like to have had a fit today when I thought I had lost a 20.00 bill then I though of having sent you a 100 I thought but as I had no one dollar and the 20 00 was gone I thought I had sent it  Please write me on Wednesday to Memphis abot it I make so many mistakes it is a wonder I don’t get addled in my mind I once thought I would have you to attend to these things

 

Your loving Aunt

Carry

 

[Page 67]

 

Roswell, New Mexico Oct 27 1906

 

My Dear Callie

 

Your letter to hand I am anxious to know how you get through with your bodily trouble, I am so glad you have been to a [Phisician] you get [XXXXX] and well then we will talk about school in the mean time you have slate and pencils and arithmetic you can learn so much and read aloud and get you a copy book and write and spell.  Do this at every leasure moment  I am sending you $25 for your Dr I am glad the boys are doing nice by their dear sister they ought to.  Now write me Guthrie as soon as you get this Charlien seems to be doing as well as can be expected  I had a hard spell but am climing up fast in health  Now dear one read [some] in the bible every day  Do you hear any thing about your father?  Tell me if Myrtle Dear Child  I will write

 

[Page 68]

 

her a note get it to her – your loving

Aunt Carry

 

My Dear Myrtle

 

You must write Aunt a letter tell me about yourself I do not forget the little one of my dear brother g b I want you to be a good woman like your Mother was  You know how to keep out of bad company and you be careful of your health I would like to send you “The Hatchet” if you will tell me where to send it  Now write me Geneva is going to have an heir so glad  Now dear one God bless you and write to your loving

 

Aunt Carry A Nation

Guthrie O T

 

[Page 69]

 

[Envelope addressed to

Miss Callie Moore

704 Reynolds Ave

Kansas City Kansas]

 

[Page 70]

 

Dear Callie,

 

I hear Myrtle is in Kansas City out of a job See where she is and write [XXXXX] she has friends.  How are you?  Your father went up to Mr Foster and told him he wanted me to forgive him and got him to write me and a long tale he told I expect I wrote Mr Foster that I would be glad to hear from him (Campbell) that he had repented and for him to write and say so Campbell wanted me to write him said he was willing for parties to help settle matters   O bosh!  Well write me about Myrtle.  Your loving Aunt – [XXXXX] Alex and Gloydie are at Hot Springs been there two weeks visiting will stay till the 27th then Charlien and I will go to Florida by way of Tenn

 

[Page 71]

 

it has been a great pleasure to have my little granddaughter with her mother and me  How about the [divorce]?  Your devoted Aunt

 

Love to the blessed boys & mother  C A N

 

[Page 72]

 

[Envelope from Piedmont Hotel in Danville, Arkansas

Miss Callie Moore

704 Reynolds

Kansas City Kansas]

 

[Page 73]

 

Not transcribed

 

[Page 74]

 

Knoxville, Tenn., Dec 10 1906

 

My Dear Callie

 

Got your letter also one from your mother.  O if you can be cured of that trouble and suffering what a God send.  As soon as you get this you try to hunt up Myrtle see where she is don’t fail, you and George hunt her up.  Tell her I want her to go a trip with me I fear she may fall in with bad company.  Also tell me about your father I will not be in Mo or O.T. till spring  Your cousin Charlien would not go with me at the last said she did not like the cars had her on train checked & [XXXXX] she would get off well tis best she is at a good hotel and every body good to her.  Her husband and little Gloyd [XXXXX] 14 came up to see her last month, 

 

[Page 75]

 

she is about the same, a wreck in mind but nice to strangers and all but me she is very cross with me at times.

 

I will be in Washington City the last of this month then I go to Florida for the winter  Your Aunt Annie may come down there to spend the winter with the two girls.  Now dear one be a true christian set a christian Sisters example before the boys.  Tell me about them tell them I am proud of them.  I hope to take much comfort with them My health is good and I am getting to be quite a lecturer better all the time.  Tell your mother she will have to read this & it must do the family, so busy.  Be sure and study when you are strong will see about the school  Your loving Aunt – love to the boys & Mother

 

C A N

 

[Page 76]

 

Roanoke VA Dec 28 1906

 

My Dear Callie

 

Enclosed find $5.00 for your christmas  Write me the news been long time since I heard from you  Where is Myrtle?  May get mail tomorrow will be in Washington City last of the week  God gave us a great gift in memory of that I give one to my dear one

 

Love to all

From Aunt Carry

 

[Page 77]

 

[Envelope from Hotel Stratford, Roanoke Virginia addressed to

Miss Callie Moore

709 Reynolds Ave

Kansas City Kansas]

 

[Page 78]

 

Not transcribed

 

[Page 79]

 

I send you some stamps

 

Boston, Mass., March 12 1907

 

Dearest Callie

 

I have been looking for a letter from you telling me of Myrtles death the dear sweet child is at rest - the three side by side at Belton  She told me she was not afraid to die and was ready and I rejoice that her sufferings are over  Tell me what she said at the last.  Did Rosee go to Belton?  I want you and your mother to answer this letter as soon as you get it  Direct to Boston Mass I am anxious to hear from you.  Do you hear anything of your father what is he doing?  How about Sister Estate being

 

[Page 80]

 

wound up, time is up this month  O what a pity she did not deed it to The Home it will go to the four winds so little for anyone  I expect to go to Kansas next month maybe the last of this I am here for a week in a theatre get $300 a week but my expense is heavy of course  Charlien as usual when I last heard.  I send my dear Joe a dollar in this God bless [XXXXX] boy I hope to see them all among the noblest of the Earth.  Love to George and Mother from your devoted

 

Aunt Carry A Nation

 

[Page 81]

 

[Envelope from the Hotel Bowdoin in Boston, Mass.  Addressed to

Miss Callie Moore

704 Raynols Ave

Kansas City Kansas]

 

[Page 82]

 

Not transcribed.

 

[Page 83]

 

Oct 20th 1907

 

My Dear Callie  What has become of you?  I wrote you last This is not right to treat me this way.  Gloyd McNabb writes she does not hear from you.  I have also been looking for a letter from George.  I want to hear about Joe your mother wrote me he said he was making his living.  Where is he now?  I have had quite an experience since I wrote you was in the workhouse got out all right.  I am lecturing here in Ky till Nov 1st – then go to Battle Creek to the Purity Convention then to Washington  My health has not been good this fall – billious.  Now write me about yourself and your health and every thing, have you any young fellows hanging around he

 

[Page 84]

 

must be the best or none at all.  I don’t believe you ought to marry you are not strong enough.

 

How about your christian life?  I will not send you the one dollar bill I want to send you till you write me a letter you really do not treat me right for you have so many opportunities  How about the home and your father

 

Well dear one God bless you love to the rest

 

Your loving Aunt

C A N

 

Will send you a letter I just got from daughter Carrie why her [XXXXX] [Your] Aunt Eddies Estate been settled write to the parties

 

[Page 85]

 

[Envelope from Hotel Armstrong in Shelbyville, KY addressed to

Miss Callie Moore

704 Raynols Ave

Kansas City Kansas]

 

[Page 86]

 

Not transcribed.

 

[Page 87]

 

Birmingham, Ala. Dec 13 1907

 

My Dear Callie,

 

Your letter to hand tis true I am a poor correspondent O I have thought what a blessing to have John at home with your mother and the children.  I have been looking for him to write me a line, God bless him Tell him to be all that is noble and good.  Callie Dear I rather felt ashamed to think you was [offering] yourself to the [XXXXX] [XXXXX], I do not believe you expressed your true sentiments, I send you a picture that expresses mine never speak that way again  Now write and tell me of your sweet hearts I am sending you five dollars for the Home you take it up to Mr Mrs Jepson and tell her

 

[Page 88]

 

I send her a $100 ad the rest is to get presents for the rest of the inmates for Christmas I have had a terrible run on my finances lately  Tell her I got the nice handkerchef all prize it from her dear hand you assist her to select the presents.  My secretary is very nice and has hers picked out so it will do no good to tell him of my [XXXXX] getting husband hunting mice? Now don’t get angry but write to me right away tell George and the boys and your Mother that I wish them a good & New Year

 

Loving by

Your Auntie

C A N

 

[Page 89]

 

[Envelope addressed to Miss Callie Moore

704 Raynols Ave

Kansas City Kansas]

 

[Page 90]

 

Not transcribed.

 

[Page 91]

 

Post Card to Miss Callie Moore

704 Raynols Ave

Kansas City Kansas

 

Feb 12 1908

 

You had better write to your dear old Auntie How are the Home Folks Love to all

 

Your devoted

Aunt C A. N.

 

[Page 92]

 

Not transcribed

 

[Page 93]

 

Post Card addressed to Miss Callie Moore

704 Raynols Ave

Kansas City

Kansas

 

Feb 28 1908

Key West Fla

 

Dear one, Did you get your jacket I sent you – got the notes from George to-day You had better write me a letter I got this Card here in Key West at a News stand I am in good health sorry your mother has not been well  How are you?

 

Your devoted Aunt Can

[Page 94]

 

May 29 1908

 

My Dear Callie

 

I send you 5.  George can get it for you.  I have not heard from Carrie Bell since first letter on her arrival I know there is a letter for me some where that I will get in a few days  going as I do now I can not get mail often  I want you two to have a nice instructive affectionate time I want you two to have nice manners Don’t forget to be thankful and express it.  Be polite Remember no peek a boo waist – no slippers but good servicble shoes no big

 

[Page 95]

 

out-landish hats that remind one of empty heads  I speak at Wathena Kansas Aug 15 I want you to come up there then, tis a big chatququa I want you and Carrie Bell to go down in the country you stay as long as you can I want Cassie Bell to stay there a month I shall want her to stay till July 1st then come to Kansas City and meet me in Lincoln Neb where I deliver the 4th of July address  Dear Callie be a christian both of you I can not write without pain in my arm.  Both of you girls write to me

 

[Page 96]

 

tell me all about where you go and what you do Everything will be interesting to me

 

Kill all the [demons for] me Your devoted Aunt

 

Carrie

 

Be sure and go to Independence Take Callie to see all the kin folks in K C  Have her see cousin Sue & Jennie

 

[Page 97]

 

[Envelope addressed to

Miss Callie Moore

704 Raynolds Ave

Kansas City, Kansas]

 

[Page 98]

 

Hicksville Ohio June 23

 

My Dear Callie

 

Your dear welcome letter to hand  When Carrie Bell returns about June 2nd I will wire or write her when to meet me I will see that you have a nice trip this summer you gave Carrie Bell my medal I want her to wear it on this trip I have a lame sholder but I love my darling Callie  Love to the rest – C A Nation

 

[Page 99]

 

[Envelope addressed to

Miss Callie Moore

704 Raynolds Ave

Kansas City Kansas]

 

[Page 100]

 

Omaha Neb

July 10 1908

 

My Dear Callie

 

I send you ten dollars yes go to Niagara Falls tis the best you will see so much Carrie Bell and I are having a nice sweet time my arm is poorly cant write much I can help your Mother meet her debt when I hear from her so glad to hear from my dear girl any time

 

Your loving Aunt

Carry A Nation

 

[Pages 101 through 108]

 

Not transcribed

 

[Page 109]

 

Miss Callie Moore,

Kansas City, Kas.

 

My Dear Girls, -

 

I have often wondered since I came from school what became of you.  I have never heard anything and of course could not write you for I didn’t have your address.

 

What have you been doing since I last saw you Callie?  How is Myrtle, wasn’t that her name.  I have honestly almost forgotten

 

I write to Mary & Nancy once in a while.  I am so lazy about writing and really don’t have any time.

 

[Page 110]

 

I am book-keeper in the telephone office here.  I have such a nice job.  I work from eight until four oclock and get an hour and longer if I want it at noon, well to tell the truth I do nearly as I please.  Of course I am busy all morning with my ticket, but not every afternoon.  Now this afternoon I haven’t anything to do so will write you.  I do some sewing for myself of evenings and read a little and then it is bed time.  On Sundays I am either away from home or have company, so you see the time flies and no letters written.  I am ashamed of myself I have never written Lavinia but three letters since I left.

 

[Page 111]

 

This old paper is like paste-board, but it was the best I could do at the place I got it.

 

Lavinia, well she must be thinking of me.  Callie I suppose you have heard of Minnie’s baby boy.  She was married a year last October, her baby was born the sixth of March.  He is a big boy now and so sweet.  Named him Fredrick Spratt LaForce.  She went to the City Thursday to have his pictures taken.  Walter has sold his Drug Store, he and John Brasfield owned the store and sold it last week.  I don’t know what Walter is going to do.  Minnie has such a nice little home and is a dandy housekeeper.  All of my girl friends are marrying.  About to get me

 

[Page 112]

 

in the notion.  Look out for and invitation Callie.  No you needn’t I’m going to be my mama’s keepsake.  One of my girl friends married in May, she lived with her sister here and he mother lives in Pattonsburg so she married here and started the next morning to see he mother.  WE girls and boys were prepared for them, we were at the depot before they were, had rice, corn, old shoes and just everything.  We had some hand bills printed that said “Newly Married,” and we distributed them through the car and pasted all kinds of things on their suit cases.  Oh, we just treated them awful.  The night they were married

 

[Page 113]

 

we fixed their bed and did every thing mean we could.  If I should happen to marry I don’t think I would want to leave on the train so soon afterwards, but I expect I would have to for my little man is a railroad man he is a telegraph operator here.  It isn’t Wilford any more but Guy Wilford and I split up soon after I came home.  But I would not give Guy for six of him.  Smith is his last name, very common name, but he is a dandy.

 

Callie I was glad you remembered me by sending the “Endless Prayer” but wasn’t so glad to get it.  I wrote about six and missed Sun. so didn’t write any more.  I sent some to the girls

 

[Page 114]

 

here in the office they wrote all of theirs.

 

I have the most beautiful rose, American beauty, you ever saw to be home grown I mean.  One of our neighbors gave it to me as I passed at noon.

 

And Jessie Wright married not long ago.  I didn’t think she would wait that long, did you?  Mabel Moore was at the wedding and came by to visit old W.W.C. so Nancy told me.  Callie would you like to be back.  Gee!  I wouldn’t I would like to visit a day or so, came very near going this year but just didn’t do it.  We used to have some great time especially of Sunday afternoons writing letters.  Oh, that

 

[Page 115]

 

brother of yours.  I’ll bet he thinks I am a dandy.  For goodness sakes don’t mention my name to him.

 

Callie what girls do you correspond with now? Some time when I am in the City and have plenty of time I am going to write and have you meet me there and visit with you one day anyway.  Are you folks getting any rain?  Oh, it is miserable over here, hasn’t rained for about three months.  It rained about a dish pan full this afternoon.

 

Sunday before last and last Sunday I went to a basket dinner, just had the best time and yesterday was invited to spend the day with a

 

[Page 116]

 

girl that lives between here and Kansas City.  A crowd of us were going to drive, but I backed out it was so dry and dusty, and anyway Guy couldn’t go.  Ha, ha.  That wasn’t the reason I didn’t go though.

 

Callie you might come over to see me some Sunday with the Base ball boys. Some team for over there comes every Sunday and plays.  We have been beating them bad lately.

 

I suppose you haven’t forgotten sister Booth or Jasper.  I was afraid you might forget them so thought I would mention their names to you.

 

Oh, Callie do you ever hear from our little laundry

 

[Page 117]

 

fellow Oh, what was his name.  Well I’ll find out when I get your letter and read it or rather your note.  If you do, give him my love bless his little heart.  I would like to get a good square look at some of the people we used to see at Fulton.

 

Well honey I must quit and get busy it will soon be time for me to go home.

 

Callie write me a long letter.  I would love to hear from you and will do my best to write you once in a while.

With bushels of love ever your friend,

 

Cora.

 

June 18, 1906

Smithville, Mo.

 

[Page 118]

 

Medicine Lodge, Kansas

June 11, 1908.

 

Miss Callie Moore,

Kansas City, Kansas.

 

My Dear Callie:  Recieved your card yesterday and was awfully glad to hear from you once more, and wish to thank you for your kind invitation, and I think perhaps I shall come up when I have my next vacation, but it won’t be until September or October, how would that suit you?

 

[Page 119]

 

Why can’t you come and make me a visit this summer?  I would just love to have you, and while there isn’t much “doing” I will assure you the best time possible.

 

I notice by the paper that you are having something of a flood in K. C., we have not reached the flood stage yet but it rains every day or night, and part of the time both day and night, and has for about two weeks.

 

Dora has gone to Garden City on a visit, she completed a four years course in the Barber County High School this spring, and decided before she started out to do any kind of work she ought to visit a while.

 

I believe I told you that papa had bought Mrs Nations old place, and we had some post cards taken a few days ago, as soon as they are finished I will send you one.  I doubt very much

 

[Page 120]

 

whether it will look natural or not.

 

I have learned how to skate since you last seen me, so perhaps if I come up while skating is still in progress I shall do a little better than I did before.  And the parks, I am just plum foolish about them.

 

Now please try and come and see me this summer, just any time it suits you, as I shall be here all summer, and glad to see you any time.  Lovingly Pearl

 

[Page 121]

 

[Envelope addressed to

Miss Callie Moore

704 N. McKinley Ave

Kansas City

Kas.]

 

[Page 122]

 

Not transcribed.

 

[Page 123]

 

This is [XXXXX]  How do you feel, I feel fine after the [XXXXX]

 

Mr. Jack is all O.K.  I want you to come to every [XXXXX] we have now.  I hope you have a good time.  Do for me.  Send me a postal now & then at [826] No 15.  I think I will go to the camp tonight  Your hat is sweet just as sweet as you.  [Hon.]  Tell Jake Hell-O.  I think I will have to to Texas or some place.

 

Excuse

writting Love

Polly

 

P.ears

S.oap

 

[Pages 124 through 127]

 

Not transcribed.

 

[Page 1]

 

Roswell, New Mexico Nov 4 1906

 

Dear Sister Dellie

 

I send you the enclosed letter you can see some very bad falsehoods without letting it be known where it comes from till you are obliged to it might do you some good  He says I [wants me] he does not but you get out the quietest way you can  There is a brighter day for you and your good children  Be true to the right Write me at Hot Springs I start there tomorrow will go by home I am feeling well again  Did our Callie get the $25 – How is she You write me about the divorce send me any notice in the papers about it when is it to be?  As ever your loving sister Carry

 

[Page 2]

Annie sent me the letter I want to open her eyes he is writing the most outrageous lies & she believes them I suppose.

 

[Page 3]

 

June 29-18

 

Dearist Momma

 

I am going to expect a letter when we get mail tomorrow and I hope I am not dissappointed We just got in from weathering a heavy sea it was lucky for us that it was astern or probly we would be out there yet making slow progress.

 

Everbody is cheerful, and I am feeling the best ever myself, although loosing weight, broken sleep I suppose is the cause of it, for we are getting plenty to eat.

 

Gee I bet you feel funny with all your teeth out.

 

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I bet you feel good all to your self again and Mother Dear dont you rent again, if you need money you just draw on our little account it will be coming regularly now and $25 a month ought to help a little - It is going to be longer than I thought before I can get home, but when I do come I don’t want to feel I am spunging on some one else  The last time home made me realize what home was no one ever took any interest to see my room was Ship shape out alone.

 

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There is a wideness in Gods mercy

Like the wideness of the Sea 

There is a kindness in his Justice

Which is more than liberty.

 

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I had a good laugh about the Cochran Boy.

 

Poor Mary what will She do now that she hasn’t her nightly body gard.  I hope She gets home all right.  Ha ha!

 

Mother I am sure glad I have service in before the war, for I sure feel sorry for some of these mothers [pets] I have one or two under my charge and I gave one of them a good lacing the other night and He and I are getting along fine now I called him and He was slow in getting up

 

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and I just Slapped the stuffing out of him, they have to learn one time as another, it is hard for those that has had their way all their lives.

 

I would love to see the Boy love Him for me when you see him again.

 

Mother Dear I would love to tell you all about our experiences and where & what we are doing but that is forbidden.  I am sorry for I could write you twenty pages of it if it was allowed, but no go.

 

That was very sad about Sallie H. Mothers dying.

 

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She has my deepest Sympathy.  My regards to Her when you see her.

 

I hope you make the trip to Uncle Will’s and give them my best, if you do go. It will do you good.

 

Well Mother Dear I hope this Finds you in the Very Best of health I am as ever your Loving Son – J. R. Moore

 

[C/o] P.M. New York

City New York.

 

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P.S.  I started this yesterday. 

 

I just receive word I could have four days to go to Washington I didn’t get to go the other time any I hope I make it this time.  I will mail this on my way so it won’t be cencored.  I will let Alberta tell you about the [Submarines] we got but for goodness sake empress it on her mind not to let it get out or off comes my head if it does, they are very strict about such things nowadays

 

Momma we are going to lick those Huns to a finish they have sunk a few

 

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Ships right out side of this harbor but I think we got the bird that was doing it.

 

This boat might make a name for her self the first time out and one Sub. pretty good Huh.

 

We are going to the other side about the Fifteenth.  one American Sub got a German Sub. About 90 mile from Portsmith Va. about a week ago. 

 

I would like tell you how it was done, but it take to much paper, and it is getting so late and I am tired and as

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we are going in dry dock tomorrow we have a hard day ahead of us.

 

Hoping this finds you in the best of health I am as every Your Loving Son.

 

J.R.M.

Good Night

 

Love to All.

 

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July 7-18

 

Dear Mother,

 

I had a great time with Hazel in washington we were on the go from the time I got there untill I left just She, and I.

 

She is stopping at a very nice place.  I like Mrs. Ware very much and Hazel is very lucky that She has friends there  Her girl friends are very nice girls.

 

I hope this finds you all well and getting along fine.

 

How is Geo. making out.  Give Callie my love, and tell the Boy and John & Maud I would like to see them.

 

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Momma who is Donald Hynes I am ashamed to say I don’t know the Boy.  He surely knows me for I have two letters from him He is on the U.S.S. Utah, don’t tell anyone about this for I don’t want anyone to write him I had to ask who he was.

 

This is some joke on me.  I probly met him while at home.  I am going to answer his letter as if I have known him all my life.

 

I am feeling great but am still loosing weight  This job of Hun hunting don’t agree with me.

 

I have been writting letters all P.M.

 

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I expected a letter from either you or Sister before now don’t keep me waiting to long

 

Well I am going to bed for goodness know when I will get another all night in my bunk.

So hoping this finds you all well and Happy.

 

I am as Ever You Loving Son

 

J. R. Moore

 

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[Envelope addressed to

Mrs M. D. Moore

704 Reynolds

Kansas City Kansas.]

 

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Pittsburg Pa.

 

Dear Myrtle

 

Did you think I had forgotten you?  I have’nt child, even for a moment but I came out here so suddenly and have been so busy ever since that I have hardly had a minute to call my own. I am with Rodney Pierce, temporarily Manager of the office which may be a permanent position.

 

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Pittsburg has the reputation of being the dirtiest town in the country and seems to live up to its name.  It takes a powerful lot of sun-shine to pierce the smoke that hangs over the city, a powerful lot of moon-light to give even an imitation of a good old Missouri night, and a powerful lot of faith to make

 

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one believe himself happy here.  However I’m trying.

 

I went to church to day in a great big lonesome Cathedral but the music was very fine and I enjoyed it immensely.

 

Last night I went to the theater and had a pretty good time but the streets are so crooked I got lost and had an awful

 

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time getting home.  I got in about 2 am. and don’t misunderstand me, I was perfectly sober.

 

Now tell me are you better?  Speak louder, I can’t hear you when you talk into the pillow that way.  Well I’m glad your better but you must be careful.  Getting well to quick is like the traveling man who sold $100000 worth

 

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of goods the first month he was out and when he went in, the house, instead of raising his salary fired him, saying that it would take [two] years to fill his orders so they would not need him.  You see you can over do a good thing.  So just keep quietly in bed and keep your nerve ever minute.  Think of me out here inhaling a ton of coal

 

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every time I draw my breath.  If coal is expensive next winter I’m going to have my lungs scraped out and retire on the proceeds.  If a spark from my pipe should blow down in me they never would be able to put me out.

 

Well I’m going to bed now and you’d better do the same if your not

 

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there already.  It’s a quarter of twelve here which makes it somewhere around eleven thirty in Kansas.

 

Good night child and remember its up to you and the sun-shine.  Sincerely

 

B E Dickey

 

A sunny morning in Pittsburg 5523 Center Ave is my home.

 

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[Envelope

 

B E Dickey

5323 Center Pittsburg Pa.

 

Miss Myrtle Moore

Kansas City

Kansas

704 Reynolds

 

[Front Cover and pages 1 through 10 not transcribed]

[Back Cover and pages 1 and 2 not transcribed]

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