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Box 12-179 TO REV.CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his sister, Mary Baldwin McQuesten
Apr 30 1912
To: Rev. Calvin McQuesten Bracebridge, Ontario
From: Whitehern, Hamilton

Many Happy returns "Cally,"

May you continue to flourish like a green bay tree.

My present to you is a sofa cushion which I will bring when I come, as it is rather an awkward thing to send by express. The design is crimson poinsettias and green leaves outlined in black and gold tinsel. The family admire it very much.

Poor Marian Glassco I do feel sorry for her.

Mr. Glassco went on a rampage last week and is now in the Asylum.1

Miss Carlyle who rented his house on Bay Street, displeased him in some way, (about the rent I think) and he went to the house Wednesday morning and took her by the shoulders and put her out of the house. He also ran out eleven other women, and barricaded himself in the house until Thursday night when he attempted to escape from the house, and was seized by the Police and after terrific struggling and screaming was placed in the patrol wagon. He might have been captured sooner, but Chief Smith refused to risk his men's lives, and it was well he did for when the police went in they found a loaded gun in the front hall, also pistols. I said from the very beginning he should have been locked up, for if blood had been shed his brothers would be "the blame." Marian and Winnie went down Wednesday afternoon to try and get him away but failed. If you are writing home don't mention the matter, for although Edna knows all about it, we are not keeping the episode fresh.

Mariam is attending Synod to-night. Dr. Grant speaks on H.M's. We expect Misses Honeycomb & Spittore and another machine to-morrow,2 so will probably all be wrecks by end of week. Our place gives promise of being quite a sight this year, with its dahlias, phlox, peonies, and twelve rose bushes. "Mamie" has come to take Alice's place and we like her very much. Edna included.

Well my dear boy, as I have a paper to write for Mission Band and must not tell everything but leave some things for others. Must close.

Your loving sister


1 Mr. Glassco was mentally unstable, see W4436.

2 Visiting seamstresses carried an extra sewing machine.

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