Contributed by Kathleen Haynes
Contact Myrtle Bridges July 05, 2008
Morganton, N. C.
Jan 29, 1902
My dear Wilhelmina
I am just out of bed and as I hear that none of the girls have written you I thought you might feel neglected.
They say I have grip - I have aches all over, but what put me to bed was a terrible pain in my right side. I could
not draw long breath without the most excruciating pain. I went to bed - took calomel and salts and covered my chest
with *mustard plasters and
plasters all round me and then went to **Dr. Tull(?) who sent me some ante
and I am better, but will not leave my room 'till I feel more like I "use to was". I guess I'm getting old and can't
stand what I once could.
Did you hear of Charlie Moore's death? You might write to Mag. Mrs. Tull's mother is dead and she has gone to
Chambersburg, but I guess Ike told you of that. Yesterday we had sleet and snow. Today is bright but cool.
I think Easter would be a nice time for you all to go to Charleston and I think if you could rent a room and three
girls take a big lunch basket with what you would buy in the way of fruit and would be the cheapest and best way to go.
I have promised Irene the trip and will have to borrow the money for her to go. You know the mill has declared no
dividends for the past year, and consequently we have not even paid the interest in Charlotte much less reducing the
principal. We had expected to get the dividends from the Sash & Blind, but this failed also. The manager says he invested
the money in lumber. I tell you all this to tell you how tight times are. Frank had no work and I don't see how he is to
pay L. R. her interest and she has begun to write about it. I sometimes feel like giving up and just letting things take
their own sweet way, but then again I look at poor John and know that the reckoning will surely come sooner or later.
Lizzie Perkins has just come in to ask that Irene go home with her. I think you are about right when you ask if Irene
didn't stay over there most of the time - they seem to have formed a mutual admiration society. Mrs. Murphy made the biscuit
for me. I made her a chocolate cake. The Perkins said they sent their contribution to you. I don't know what they sent.
It was at Presnells a week before Weeta left for Clinton. I only sent the biscuit as I made little or no preparation for Xmas
and had nothing but hog and hominy to send, and I knew you wanted none of that.
Estelle Hicks baby is very ill. I do hope it will live. I feel so sorry for that woman.
Uncle Cam has been in Washington for the past ten days looking after his re-appointment. John Mull has given him a lively
time, but we hear today that he is re-appointed. I trust it is so. He has been very unwell and I don't think he will live many
years. I could not bare [bear] to have the likes of John Mull defeat him. Cameron's record was all right. The trouble was with
Blackburn who is the Congressman, and Cam had supported ***Linney against him for the nomination. So you see it was a fight with
Rads all through. All the decent men Rads & Dems were for Cameron.
Alex works on the steam shovel and Wilson fools his time away with horses and between them they nearly run me crazy. I am
sending Gordon to ****Mrs. Morbert this session. I wish I had done it years ago. Patton is a crank! Gordon is a good conscientious
child and a gentleman and has plenty of sense, but his mind has never been trained, thanks to Miss Dickson. I hope you will pay
particular attention to this one thing - I mean how to teach a child to study and apply it. I don't want him to do as Alex and
Wilson have done, grow up without any education. It will just break my heart!
I hear someone at the door. I must stop in order to get this mailed. Write me all about yourself. You might just as well put
this scratch in the fire after reading it. Affec. Mama
*Mustard plasters, consist of a mixture of dry mustard powder and a small amount of
flour, mixed with water or egg white to form a paste, and applied to the chest or abdomen to stimulate healing.
The mixture was spread onto a cloth and applied to the chest or back.
**John Tull (b. May 1849) was a druggist. In the early decades of the twentieth century John Pearson
in partnership with Manly McDowell operated an insurance agency with in an office over Tull's Drug Store in
Morganton, Burke County, NC.
***Linney, Frank A. of Watauga County, Democrat, Candidate for Governor of North Carolina 1916.
****Nora E. Morbert (b. Jan 1862) was a teacher in Jenny's community.
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