Identifier

MSS.2.8

Publication Date

10-11-1917

Document Type

Letter

Transcription

491 Avenue Joffre
Shanghai, China
11 October, 1917

Dearest Dada

It has been two
weeks since I last heard
from you. Therefore you may
well imagine how deserted I
feel!

You must think that all
the days we have here are
fete days of one sort or another,
for I am about to write you
of yesterday. You know,
the 10 of October is a national
holiday in China, for it
was then that the Revolu-
tion first began. This year
there was no public parade,
as last year the parade was
so enthusiastically celebrated, [page break]
that the usual 'mob psychology'
prevailed. There was, however,
a great many automobiles
with the members of the
"Kuo Ming Dang" in them
waving the Republican flag
yesterday. But of course
different families took
different ways of celebrating.

My brother from St
John's came home for the
day. What do you suppose
we did? We made Mother
give all the servants that
day as a holiday. Then
we took the carriage and
the car to the largest
Market Place in Shanghai.
And we actually bought
our vegetables etc from [page break]
the stands. We even prevailed
Father and Mother to go
with us, and we all wore
the oldest clothes we had.
You can well imagine
what my aristocratic mother thought
of the whole business:
but she was plucky, for
she humored us. After
we came home,- of
course all the servants
had gone- we all went
to the kitchen and cooked
what we each liked best.
I made fudge,- that being
my only accomplishment.
Dad had cooked when he [page break]
went camping; so he had
the most wonderful dish
of three fried chickens.
Mother cooked three or
four most delicious con-
coctions, and my big
sister, & my three brothers
cooked some other dishes
which all turned out
very well.

I must tell you of the
Market Place. It is a
very large tent-like
structure covering some five
acres of land. The floor
is cement, and the roof [page break]
is of some kind of black
Chinese bricks. Scattered
throughout under the
roof are posts to support
the structures. The farmers
and farmers wives each
pay a certain annuity for
the privilege of selling
their products. One can
buy anything there,
meat, fish, vegetables,
roasted chestnuts, potatoes
& whatnot. As each one
shouts out what he has
to sell, you may well
imagine the deafening
human roar, which, how- [page break]
ever, because there is
so much space in the
air, has a certain rude
harmony which is not
displeasing.

Well, to get back to our
holiday. After we had
luncheon,- which
was far better than
that prepared by our
two cooks, - we all
went out either in the
motor or carriage. Some
of us wanted to go to the
Horse Race, but as Dad
& Mother are looked
upon as "The Pillars" of [page break]
the church, we decided
not to go. We had a
lovely ride to the river,
and on our way home,
we bought some hot,
freshly roasted chestnuts.

When we returned the
servants had prepared
dinner which we all
ate with zest.

After dinner, we found
out that some of the ungrate-
ful wretches of servants
had again gone out to
the theatres without per-
mission. Dad was furious:
so he ordered all the [page break]
doors to be locked. The
poor knaves therefore had
to spend the cold night
out in the stable! I
guess they won't steal
out again!

Well, good by, & write
me soon of all the
news. How do you
like your position.

Love
Daughter

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