Jax Beach, Friday Night Nov 6th.
My Dear Sweetheart,
You have been mighty good to me to write so regularly when I have not done so. I certainly have been busy, Dear, and I want you to know that I thought of you just the same and that I love you as much as ever. I have been getting some new material which was more interesting and promising than anything we have worked with it. I can’t make any definite statement yet, and I’ll be sure of myself before I do so. Should I be able to produce the disease now I could not report it in the near future, and would not expect to do so until I was so sure of my stuff that there would be no possible chance for an error. Dr. K.S. received the proof of our article a few days ago (the one which Dr. White nursed so long). He dropped me a line that there were only a few corrections (typographical) and that he corrected those and returned it. I am rather glad that he did this, for if I had seen the proof Dr. White would have wanted to go over it and he would have kept it a long time again. As it is, it will probably come out in next month’s issue. Dr. K.S. says that this is all that he cares to publish as the work is now where he cannot help very much. I intend to see that I get my own out under my own name this time. I am glad to have published some with him as he has a prestige among medical men.
November 6, 1925
I am enclosing a letter re: Fulford lots which may be interesting. When I looked at our lot, the one next to it had a real estate sign so I asked what they were holding it for. The enclosed letter says that it has been sold. Judging from the prices they are asking for the others, which are several blocks away from ours I believe that the list price $3150 which the Fulford people place on ours is not an inflated price but about what it would bring on the market. The acreage at Jax looks better than it did at the time we bought. One subdivision is being developed a little beyond our tracts, but it isn’t a high class one. Nearer to Jax than ours a new division is now open by a good company who are placing restrictions on the buildings. This looks good. When they have finished this, our tracts ought to be pretty good acreage. They are higher than any development in the vicinity of Jax.
I had not considered it necessary to have a best man who was not married. I’ll have to look into this matter. I don’t believe my brother would do it. He is working on some road contracts and only a death would get him away from them. I’ll make up that list for you, too, and will send it before long.
With a sweet goodnight, I am,
Tuesday Night 9/29
My Dear Sweetheart,
Last night I had to go down town so I mailed your letter at that time. I am going to post this one early too. Am writing it before I go to supper. I do not know whether they reach you any quicker this way or not.
It is raining slowly now and it has been since about 3 o’clock. It is now about 6. I have had plenty to do today and I think I made pretty good headway.
September 29, 1925 (Walter)
Yesterday, I shipped Dr. White some of the experimental animals. Before he left he wanted them, and after he went back he wrote that it would be just as well to ship them in about six weeks. They are infected with the parasite we were working with when he was here, and as I am on an entirely different lead I am anxious to let him have them. So I shipped them yesterday. I still have a bunch, but it makes quite a difference whether one is working with six or twelve at one time. I expect to use most of mine in the near future so that I can give all my time to the new lead. I can’t help but believe that I am on the right track, but it takes a lot of work to prove it. If this is the right track it is where I slip one over on Dr. White, and I don’t intend to tell him about it until it is worked up with proof. He was so “dog gone” domineering when we first started at the beach, that I intend to leave him out as much as possible from now until we finish. If my new lead is the one, then he will only get a mention in the paper. If the other had been it, he of course would have been a joint author. He wants to make a joint report at Dallas on the work we have done and wants me to write it up. He has his nerve all right. I am going to write him that in as much as our work this summer has been negative as far as we have worked that I do not believe we have data that should be published at this time. I am going to suggest that he can publish on the parasite we worked with in some Journal of Parasitology if he cares to do so. He likes the idea of having some one else do the work and then put his name on the paper as a co-author. He feels that he has an advantage in that every paper presented which deals with disease has to be referred to him for an opinion. Last fall, it was not submitted through channels and I can get by with it again. If I have the right thing, that is what I intend to do this time. I hope that I can give a positive report at Dallas. I’ll present it and then send him a manuscript copy afterwards. He can’t possibly hold it up then until he follows up the work or for any other excuse. If it is positive, I only need to have the diagnosis confirmed, and that is easy.
I guess this is about enough of my “crabbing” as you may call it, but I just wanted you to know what was on my mind.
I love you, Dear, and I want to tell you everything. It is time to eat and I am hungry so I’ll go while it is not raining.
With a sweet goodnight, and with all my love,
My Dear Sweetheart,
I just received a nice long letter from you and I should write you a good one if I possibly could, but Dear, I am awfully tired and sleepy. Took the early train & spent the whole day in Jax. Was busy the whole time too. Missed the train I intended to take as KS and I ate lunch together and it was a place where they don’t serve quickly. So the rest of the afternoon was spent in mailing out reprints of the New Orleans report, like the copy I sent you. KS said that I should mail one to each of my girls and he rather expected to see one addressed to a “Miss.” I sent you the first one I received, even before I had a regular mailing envelope.
September 2, 1925
I note what you said about the wedding present, and I am mighty glad that you gave me your ideas. I want you to always be that way and then we will not have on hand some presents to be stored in the attic. You did not suggest what you wanted, I’ll think about it some more and will ask you what you think. It might be a good idea to wait until after the wedding and then let you suggest. Something given may suggest one to complete a set etc.
It is an extremely pleasant pastime to plan what we want and I certainly do get a lot of pleasure in thinking of you and that you are soon to be with me always. I’ll probably hear from Mr. BIshopp before a great while to the effect that I can either spend the whole time down there or that I should join Mr. Laake in Dallas. I hope we can come here, but either way will be a mighty happy trip if you are with me. Sweetheart, I certainly do love you.
It certainly is nice that Lucile and Claudelle are going to room together and that they are going to be so near home. It will be lonesome for Mother Lewis for a while. I guess I am calling her Mother a little soon. It certainly sounds all right to me.
I didn’t go in the surf today but the moonlight on the water looks tempting tonight. It will be just as beautiful when you are with me, and I’ll enjoy it more for there is no one else whom I want to go in with except you.
If Dr. White’s plan sticks, he will leave me a week from today.
I’m mighty sleepy, Dear, so with a real sweet “goodnight,” I am,
Yours forever & always,