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491 Avenue Joffre
Shanghai, China
12 November, 1917

My dear Dada:

Your 12th & 13th just came to hand
with one from Betty describing her various
experiences with her appendix. It certainly is
good to hear from you kids of Wellesley. I know
you must miss it as much as I do.

First, thanks terribly for the Atlantic
and the Saturday Evening Posts which have just
come. I suppose you have just subscribed them
for me. As Ling Ling owes me some money
for the fur coat I had made here for her,
she will send you the money which is some-
where around 18 dollars gold. Please take that
to cover the subscription, and let me know if
that is enough. If it is not, I'll send you
some more: if more than enough, just
keep the balance for me, for I know
I shall want you to get me something else [page break]
sooner or later. Only please tell me how
much too much or too little.

I am also sending you a little
gift to remind you of me. Hope you will
like it. Ling Ling will mail it to you.
If you don't hear from Ling Ling soon,
write her and ask if she has received my
letter & package.

As I told you, I have been troubled
with an infection on the face. I've spent
over 50 dollars having it treated: but so
far, it doesn't seem to get well. I am
almost crazy! Finally I am trying some
Chinese medicine which I hope will be
effective. I cannot go out at all now,
unless much bepowdered, and then
only at night. Last week I attended
three dinners which were very bad for
me, as I had to powder, and that
was not at all the right thing for the [page break]
trouble. Oh, Lord! I do hope I shall get
back my usual skin!

I must write to Ruth Tuthill. I hope
you gave her my love. I did not get
Dickey's announcement, but am also sending
her a little gift.

My little ten year old brother has been
cutting up like the devil today. I have
whipped him, and sent him to bed for 3
hours. I never saw such tantrums as
he stormed today. I made Dad & Mother
leave the room so that I could discipline
him more effectively. He is somewhat
calmed down now, and weak as a lamb.
I can't tell you how it hurt me to
whip him; but as he would not say that
he was sorry, I had to keep on whipping
him while he apologized for his rudeness
to this big brother. I broke the stick on him!

My sister Mrs. S. was in Shanghai from
Canton for two weeks. During that time, life [page break]
was a perpetual whirlwind of social gaieties.
No wonder my complexion got worse!

Eugene Chen, the Editor of the Peking
Gazette was at one of the dinners and sat
beside me. He is very clever, and brilliant,
but horribly egoistic and vain. He has
such horrible shrugs of shoulders which
almost drove me wild! He is coming to
call on me this week: and I hope I
won't be rude.

By the way, Emma, my dear, don't
forget that Ling Ling will send you
the money for the magazines. I am so
glad to hear of your new dress. I love
to hear about the style and the political
news. I wish you were here, for I have
much to tell you which I cannot put
in writing.

I am sending Grandad some candy -
Chinese candies!

Daughter [page break]

P.S. Miss Kendall came to luncheon when
she was in Shanghai.

The November sunshine is lovely: we
have after-luncheon coffee on the
verandah every day - coffee with
real cream and boiled in the
percolator. My! I am glad I am
through school!

What about the photograph album?
I haven't seen it.

M. [page break]

P.S. I would love to have the college
news if you would send them.