Letter from Eleanor Blair, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. D.C. Blair, Montour Falls, New York, 1914 April 5
Letter home describing return to Wellesley, efforts to help following the fire, feeling overwhelmed by everything that must be done and the somewhat chaotic state of campus, and attending a performance by a young Bulgarian girl who was the last person to play in College Hall's chapel. —Keywords: Building; College Hall Fire, 1914; Fires; Violin; Tree Day; Commencement; College Hall —Tags: Arts, Theater and Music; Buildings and Grounds; Faculty, Staff and Administrators; Religion and Spirituality; Student Life
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22 Cottage Street Wellesley, Mass. 10:00 P.M. April 5, 1914 Dearest home folks, I can write only a few lines as I must get up in the morning & work. We are not going to Cambridge as there is a lot of work we can do here for the college. We've been talking as much about Wellesley spirit now that we have a chance to show it, we thought it was up to us to sacrifice a little pleasure. I know I should feel pretty cheap to go off for a good time when I might be helping. A lot have been here helping during vacation & I haven't done a single thing so I'm going to get busy now. Tomorrow A.M. I'm going up to see if I can help them get the book store ready & in the P.M. I'm going to help address things to the alumnae. I chased all over Wellesley Sat. evening trying to find out [page 2] what there was to do. First I hunted up Miss Kelly, the Eng. Comp. teacher through whom, I got my leather things. She sent me to Miss Conant or Miss Shackford. Miss Conant wasn't home so I set out to find Miss Shackford. I looked her up in the directory but much to my grief I had never even heard of the street where she lived. I had an idea it was up towards Dover Road so set forth & wandered about and inquired until I found the street - which was way beyond No-where. Then I had no idea where the house was & couldn't see the numbers. Finally I [deletion: fou] saw an old lady on a porch so asked her, & having obtained the desired information reached my destiny. Miss Shackford was home & I had a fine talk with her. Forgot all about her being associate professor of Eng. Lit. & a very wonderful woman & had a fine time. She is perfectly great, and I surely shall elect one of her lit. courses for next year. Kate V. & Rosalind are here on Cottage Street so Lucia & I are not alone. [page 3] Went to church this A.M. & took a walk in P.M - Kate to look for birds & me to look for flowers. Also we looked at the ruins & the new building. That thing takes up the whole lot below the chapel & cost $32,000. Whew! The men have been working on it only 10 days & will have it done in at least two weeks, probably sooner. Some slapping things together, I guess! It is an immense thing as it would naturally have to be. Tree Day will be! The ruins are to be left until after Commencement so the alumnae can see them, Haven't see Glad Gorman since I came back. Went over to find her but she has gone away until Mon. Tonight we heard the little Bulgarian girl down in the Congregational church who played in College Hall Chapel the night before the fire - Mon. night. She was the last person to be cheered in center & her violin was the last sound ever heard in C.H. Chapel. She is only ten years old & is a perfect wonder. Nedelka Simeonova is [page 4] her name & she is in this country to earn money for the Bulgarian orphans. This was her last appearance as she [deletion: sails] starts for home tomorrow. Boston people have enabled her to study under a fine violinist after which she expects to return to Am. I am sleepy & will be good & busy tomorrow so must pile in. It fairly overwhelms me when I think of the work I have to do. Nine weeks of work are to be done in seven, all the Tree Day work to be rushed up before May 29, and the work for the college - all when Wellesley is in a mighty unsettled condition. Just read the account in the College News I am sending in the laundry and you will realize what Wellesley has been & is going through - also how Wellesley is meeting her first big crisis. Goodnight & lots of love to all, Eleanor. P.S. Please tell me if Bob received the song book. I think the world of that book[deletion: s] as it contains all the songs most used & as there is no chance of obtaining another now since the fire. Please drop me a card & relieve my mind. E.B.