It has been good to get home mail again, Aunt Nan's letter
came first telling about Christmas, then May's and one from G-race
this week,also the papers. I am glad the little gifts went thru in
good condition and that there was no duty. They were a long time on
the way. I sent them quite a bit earlier this year as parcel post
tales longer than sam-le post, but evidently i'didn't allow enough
time. Please don t put the embroideries away as too good to use. (ret
all the pleasure you can out of them and when they are gone Iall send
some new ones. Take your pillow to college, Donald, and fix up your
room as prettily as you can. That little square of embroidery' can be
replaced by a new one very easily if it wears out quickly.
We are having our Chinese New Year's vacation now for two weeks.
I am studying mornings so as to get a Chinese exam off before school
starts again. I've lost a lot of time from study this year. A few weeki
ago my teacher lost his wife and didn't come fjpo) nearly two weeks, He
lost his little baby just^a few weeks befojsg^hct .Poor nan !It is very
goon of nim to cone duirlng these few days^sajg ^ pne expects to work
at New Year's time. AfflFthe shops close arid^J^ cooks have to lay in
extra supplies of food to last until the shops are open again.
afternoons I riap^fend then do other things for a change. Yost
sday ,the first Yap of vacation I went to a reception Mrs. G-oodrich
gave to the Chinese for Anne and Carrington . It was our day at home
too, and I was invited out to dinner besides,so that afternoon was very
full. I especially enjoyed going our to dinner that night. Did I mention meeting a Mrs. Bao (bow) at College Club a few weeks ago? She is
a graduate of Beloit ,was married last<aWramer In America and she and
her husband have come to Peking to livenMr. Bao is head of the dnglis^.
department for the time being in the Crovernment Higher Normal. I invited her to call on me ,which she did som<P&JP.me ago. I have been ashamed
that I did not return her call,before she Invited me there to dinner.
They are lonesome here as thay speak the Shanghai dialect and do not
know very many people here. I atoned for not calling, by inviting her
to tea Friday and inviting the girls around the compound, and the two
Chinese teachers who are also from Shanghai, to meet her. I am going
to ask them both to dinner some night s on as soon as Rowland Cross is
back from the country, for I want Mr. Bao to meet some of our young
( men. He is very nice and wonderfully interesting. He is tha author of
"China's Foreign Relations'; olid has another book in press now,"The Open
Door Bolicy"written especially he said; for Americans. They are living
on the other side of the city/about a half hour,fs ride by ricksha .
They have just furnished a little house,in semi-foreign style. I am
quite sure they got suggestions from our living room,for she asked me
lots of questions when she called. It was a very cosy comfortable room
at any rate,living room and his study combined. She left him to
entertain me while she cooked the dinner,which(surprised me very much,
for herein Peking the women of her station don't do much themselves .
We discussed every thing under the sun from the relative merits of
Chinees and foreign clothing for men, to the political situation and
tke prospects for a little more Fighting this soring. The dinner was
delicious, Chinese food cooked, southern, style,which means that it was
more highly season* " than our northern, food. They had provided a fork
and some roils for me in case I didn't like rice and couldn't handle
chopsticks,but I didn't want eiajdner one.
Wednesday I called on another Beloit G-irl who is in the Language
School here.She lives in Beloit and of course knows people I know. We
had a nice visit. I invited her to tea to meet Mrs. Bao, but she had
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