10 Dec 1914, Tillsonburg, Ontario [Postmark]
I phoned Pater on Sunday night and he told me you were off on a holiday. I hope you have a good time. You certainly deserve it. However you generally manage to see a good many things down there and get a pretty good rest, don’t you? So make the best use of your time [next page] for rest.
|Pages 3 & 1|
I haven’t seen much of them up till now for some reason or other, but more likely I shall see more from now on. There is a son too about 26, but he is rather retiring as regards some things. He is not quiet, but he doesn’t like to dance or play cards.
Hill is secretary of the Harvest Tool Co. here, and Barnard was a draughtsman at the Car Factory, but since it has closed, on account of the war, he is out of work.
I am going to keep this bunch together if I can. We ought to have a pretty good time together [next page] The girls are all the prettiest you would want, and quite nice, and the boys are O.K.
We played five hundred, last night and had great sport. My luck seems to have changed at cards and I am doing much better. I always used to have such infernally bad luck.
About ten o’clock we had a sit down supper, principally [next page] of waffles, and maple syrup. Quite a unique idea, and certainly very nice.
|Pages 6 & 4|
We are getting on quite well, and the turnouts have been good we practice Tuesdays and Fridays.
Monday night we had a debate at the A.Y.P.A. [Note 1] Resolved, that Environment had a greater influence in moulding the character, that Breeding [?] or Heredity.” So be sure it is rather a mixed subject, as both sides in reality [next page] intermingle, and neither condition is very clear cut.
My project of getting “Waits” [?] is progressing very well. I have my quartette, and most of my orchestra.
It will be a [next page] male quartette, and the orchestra will be, five violins, flute, cornet, and a slide trombone.
All play well, and we ought to do pretty well. I have all the parts but the trombone, and I am pretty sure of him.
We will sing carols and perhaps a few Christmas hymns.
Sunday I was out at the Lukes [next page] for tea, and after tea. In fact I have a standing invitation to tea there on Sunday or rather I should say dinner (5 o’clock).
The Lukes have been exceedingly nice to me, and treated me very well.
|Page 9 & 7|
Isn’t this mornings news fine, about the battle in the
South Atlantic [Note
No more word about the military.
Your loving son
1. Anglican Young Person’s Association.
Battle of the Falklands, 8 December 1914, saw the defeat of a squadron
of German cruisers under Admiral Maximilian von Spee by a Royal Navy squadron commanded
by Vice-Admiral Doveton Sturdee.