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1897
Feb. 25th Thurs. Snowy. I had a sweet letter from Lura this morning - Telling me how much good! I had done her writing her notes while she was sick, and "other things". It was very dear, and made me feel good. Frank telephoned that they were expecting me tonight, so I stopped for Helen at the gymnasium and went up to supper with her. Mrs. Davis was home from Detroit and had brought the parrot - "Lori" with her. Helen is already teaching it to say "Hurry up, Charlotte!" Frank keeps telling it "Good morning Corporal", so it will say so to him - and I tried to teach it to say "Sweet Bird" to Helen. It does say a good many things and is very funny & cute. After supper I did my hair and Chat & Helen & Frank dressed for the "Ball" (presentation of badges) at the Arsnel. Charlotte has a lovely new cloth suit. We went early, so Frank would have time to get his uniform on. His friend Harry Backus met and went with us and Lieut Crosby (Murray) was in the car. We had seats of honor - raised ones- near the band - Frank Decker played solo concert and looked very chic in red regimentals. Mrs. Crosby sat with us. The drill was very good indeed and Lieut Crosby & Corporal Davis both received badges afterwards (among others) When it was time for standing, Mary, Warren Fisk, Emma, Fay King, Miss Smith & Mr. DeGraff and the two Crosbys joined our party - Chat & I had decided not to dance. I was asked to a good

1897
Feb. 25th Thurs. Snowy. I had a sweet letter from Lura this morning - Telling me how much good! I had done her writing her notes while she was sick, and "other things". It was very dear, and made me feel good. Frank telephoned that they were expecting me tonight, so I stopped for Helen at the gymnasium and went up to supper with her. Mrs. Davis was home from Detroit and had brought the parrot - "Lori" with her. Helen is already teaching it to say "Hurry up, Charlotte!" Frank keeps telling it "Good morning Corporal", so it will say so to him - and I tried to teach it to say "Sweet Bird" to Helen. It does say a good many things and is very funny & cute. After supper I did my hair and Chat & Helen & Frank dressed for the "Ball" (presentation of badges) at the Arsnel. Charlotte has a lovely new cloth suit. We went early, so Frank would have time to get his uniform on. His friend Harry Backus met and went with us and Lieut Crosby (Murray) was in the car. We had seats of honor - raised ones- near the band - Frank Decker played solo concert and looked very chic in red regimentals. Mrs. Crosby sat with us. The drill was very good indeed and Lieut Crosby & Corporal Davis both received badges afterwards (among others) When it was time for standing, Mary, Warren Fisk, Emma, Fay King, Miss Smith & Mr. DeGraff and the two Crosbys joined our party - Chat & I had decided not to dance. I was asked to a good

1897
Feb. 25th Thurs. Snowy. I had a sweet letter from Lura this morning - Telling me how much good! I had done her writing her notes while she was sick, and "other things". It was very dear, and made me feel good. Frank telephoned that they were expecting me tonight, so I stopped for Helen at the gymnasium and went up to supper with her. Mrs. Davis was home from Detroit and had brought the parrot - "Lori" with her. Helen is already teaching it to say "Hurry up, Charlotte!" Frank keeps telling it "Good morning Corporal", so it will say so to him - and I tried to teach it to say "Sweet Bird" to Helen. It does say a good many things and is very funny & cute. After supper I did my hair and Chat & Helen & Frank dressed for the "Ball" (presentation of badges) at the Arsnel. Charlotte has a lovely new cloth suit. We went early, so Frank would have time to get his uniform on. His friend Harry Backus met and went with us and Lieut Crosby (Murray) was in the car. We had seats of honor - raised ones- near the band - Frank Decker played solo concert and looked very chic in red regimentals. Mrs. Crosby sat with us. The drill was very good indeed and Lieut Crosby & Corporal Davis both received badges afterwards (among others) When it was time for standing, Mary, Warren Fisk, Emma, Fay King, Miss Smith & Mr. DeGraff and the two Crosbys joined our party - Chat & I had decided not to dance. I was asked to a good
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