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Adams, Ruth | to family, Apr. 1901:

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April 1901

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Dear people: -
Well the men have once more fled. You wouldn't think it was the same place it was yesterday. Everything is so quiet and peaceful. It is very hot, it might almost be mid-summer. Such an uproar as there has been here this week, or the end of it. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday it poured poured, poured, but Friday and Saturday and today have been perfect days. Friday, my how people


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worked, I never was more tired. You know the girls decorate the corridors and dining room and the rooms we usually use for dancing themselves. Our end of the corridor they fix up with rugs and couches and lazy chairs for promenading and sitting between the dances, also J. where we dance every night. Of course all the rugs and couches and chairs and pillows have to be taken from different girls' room, they have to be go together and worked, so they will get


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back to their owners, and then arranged. It is no small work. The dancing is done in the dining room and that has to be properly decorated with bunting etc. The girls do it all themselves. Part of the corridor on 3rd is arranged for promenading too. Then the other end of this corridor with the reading room and so forth is used for serving refreshments and has to be fixed up with little tables and chairs. My [morris] chair and the table went. The freshmen were allow


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ed to get refreshments at 11.15, which we all did. Friday morning some of us went down town to have our pictures taken and do some other things then when we got back we walked into the store with Miss Cornwell, I told you about, and I flew miles and miles about these corridors then we had a meeting of the circus company + decided to put it off until Saturday night, + as it finally happened we didn't have it last


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night either, the girls were too worn out and some of the most important ones didn't feel well. But we haven't given it up for good. We had the funniest time with Miss Hastings. Poor dear we do tease her so, at lunch Friday I was very tired and so was quiet and subdued contrary to my usual custom. She was terribly distressed for fear I felt badly about the row, and asked Florence in private if she thought I minded


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it very much, or was just pretending to. Of course Dube was highly amused, and said well she really couldn't tell. So Miss Hastings was terrible worrited in her feelings and said she was awfully sorry, but she didn't know what she could do. So she was very unhappy about me. and Dube came and told me all about it much amusement. That evening, I went down with Dube to help miss H dress. I thought I had better set her mind at rest even though it


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was very funny. After I had been down there a moment (nothing had been said about the circus yet) Miss H. said very beseechingly and humbly "Am I so out of favor that I can't come to the circus tonight" That was too much of a temptation. SO I said, looking away from her onto the floor, in a very sad tone "Oh we aren't going to have it after all tonight" Miss Hast. turned perfectly white. I almost shouted,


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but restrained my self for a moment. I could see Dube on the be simply doubled up and shaking with laughter. Miss Hastings said "Why Ruth dear did you give it up because Miss Cornwell and I said what we did? I am terribly sore. We didn't mean that you should do that at all" and she came and put her arm around me and kissed me to make me feel better. At that Dube and I could contain oursel-


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vest no longer. We shouldered at the top of our lungs. She was so perfectly taken in. Then she was much relieved to find we didn't really feel as badly as she had thought. She's such a dear. Saturday morning they had the glee club concert. And in the afternoon everybody went off on the river and driving or something, that is all the people who had men: We were so cross we didn't know what


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to do. It was such a glorious day we wanted to go off somewhere but some of us couldn't walk, Lucile has torn the cartilage in her knee part off and can't walk (that's what I might have done if I had gone in training) of course it isn't very bad but very painful. Then we were terribly cross so finally we went to sleep and felt better when we woke up. After that we went out on the grounds and found Dora +


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Marie on a bench in a chump of pines doing Latin so we joined them. Cora was reading along and got to talking louder than she thought she was. She said "by pollux" very loud and just then two young men went by behind us, they started and looked around very much surprised at hearing a young lady use such an exclamation. We were very much amused. Today we had Dr.


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Rainsford (?) preach and I never had such a fine sermon in my life. If I heard him once again I believe I should go right into some social work. He carried everyone away with him. When he stopped everybody drew a long breath as if they had been holding it all the time he spoke. But it's no good talking about him as to your letter Papa. What struck you. You wanted me to learn to swim at once and to speak to Prof. Brac at once. I am sorry to say I have done neither yet. Though I


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did ask Prof B. when I could come and see him as I wanted to talk to him about my next years work. He said he was always at the service of the young ladies and was only too delighted to converse with them on any subject in their life which interested them. I think perhaps I shall go to see him tomorrow. As to the swimming I haven't had an opportunity for that yet. Why are you so anxious about it all of a sudden. As to Mrs. Gal. I am


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thoroughly disgusted with her. She sent me Friday morning my blue dress also I had to pay .25 cents on it. I think she ought to pay the charges of it, seeing it is her fault they didn't get home on time. And then did she think I wanted to wear that blue dress to the ball. She is so provoking. I had to wear my blue lawn. It looked alright enough but when I am going to have another dress I like to have it to wear at the big thing. The blue looks very pretty and is very becoming but makes me look old, old. So everyone say. Ruth.