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18 August, 1919

Dear Dada,

After various attempts to write you within this past
few weeks, I am determined to finish this letter at the cost of
anything. Well, yesterday my brother Tsliang sailed on the Col-
umbia for America. And how homesick I was to sail with him to
come to see you. He was to have left last Saturday, but owing to
some delay or another, the ship did not arrive until the day foll-
owing and therefore the suspense of the last twenty four hours was
worse than his actual leaving. Mother of course misses him the
most, altho I must say, the house does seem quiet without his
tramp, tramp on the stairs. He will go to Vanderbilt for a couple
of years as that was my Father's alma mater, and naturally as my
sisters were graduates of southern colleges they think that the
south is superior to the north. You know what a hot confederate
I was when I first came up north, and so you may imagine that it
did not take much argument on their side for me to side with them.
In other ways there are a great many reasons why it would be ad-
visable for Tsliang to stay in the south for the first couple of
years. His English is not very good, and if he were to enter a
northern college you may be sure that he would have a most discour-
aging time in Freshman Comp, and probably he would be so disgust-
ed with himself that he would take a business course instead, a
most imprudent and unsuitable course for a young boy who has had
a good grinding in a regular college. Then also up north there
are so many Chinese boys that once he gets in with them, he might
as well be in China as far as learning English is concerned. I
hope that he will make a lot of American friends, and have a jolly
good time besides getting some knowledge from books.

I bought some things for you and some of my other friends
and Tsliang promised to take them over to America. When the last
moment arrived however, he found that he did not have sufficient
room in any of his baggage, and so he was forced to tell me that
he could not take them for me. I need not tell you how disappoint-
ed I was, however I shall try to get them over to you some other
way. Maybe it is as well that he could not take them, for the
last week he was home, he lost three trunk keys and had to get a
locksmith to the house twice to break open the locks. So you see
it would be rather a risk to trust anything to him with his scatter
brained memory. I have a piece of jade for you, and I know you
would like it. Cheer up, old dear, I'll find a way to get some
one to bring it over.

We are all in a rather unsettled condition of mind,
for we are expecting Sister's baby to arrive any day at any mo-
ment. The doctor predicted that it would be here by the 15th, and
here it is, already the 18th, and still no baby. The trained nurse
has arrived and is sitting around Sister's house with nothing to
do. Sister gets so nervous just at the sight of her that I really
believe the nurse is giving her nightmares. A case of "All dress-
ed up and nowhere to go", eh?

Well, my oldest brother is going to America on busi-
ness some time this fall and Josie, the youngest brother is headed
straight for boarding school this fall. That will leave Mother and
me at home. I suppose that all my fine plans of getting a position
and really amounting to something worth while will have to be put
off again. Well, that comes of being the youngest daughter.