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W5932 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Aug 3 1907
To: Calvin McQuesten Glenhurst Saskatchewan
From: Oakville

My dearest Cal,

Your letter reached us yesterday with its series of mishaps. Those wretched rigs in the West are always liable to go to pieces, it was too bad you should have had a long walk before your preaching. It was a great mercy you had no bones broken when you and the horse were thrown out. Really you need to drive a really good horse, for I understood they were very careful about holes.

I was sorry to see that the Crusader is not to run for the Cup Race, the Adele belongs to Cawthra Mulock called after his wife, Aemilius, Jarvis is to be and has been its skipper and Tom says is much better than Medd of the Crusader. One of the judges in the trial races was Allan Chisholm from here.

Winnie and Sydney Gartshore spent two nights and a day with us. S. particularly enjoyed himself, I think, as he was never away before, the boat arrives a little after six and goes at 9 a.m. just once a day. Winnie is afraid poor Mr. Terry can hardly make a living. These Conservatories of Music make it very hard.

We are not sure of Tom coming to-day, he might go to Muskoka after a man in a law-suit; it would be a chance to see it as Monday is Civic holiday, but am afraid trains would be fearfully crowded.

The newspapers are just full of distressing things, the drownings & gasoline explosions are endless. Glad you are not in a launch this year.

Ruby was in Hamilton yesterday doing some shopping she is beginning to be like herself, came home from Ottawa thoroughly worn out with a bad cough. Glad she is not returning.1 The weather keeps very cool and little rain. Trust you will not suffer from a cyclone.

All kinds of provisions are very dear, lamb 25ct. a lb. and fruit scarce and dear, no new potatoes yet, imported ones 50 cts. a peck. I am afraid the times of plenty are over in Canada. This cold storage business a bad thing for us, eggs 20 cts. and butter 25, but some things are a little less than in the city. The summer is flying, sorry to see it go. With much love from all.

Your loving mother

M.B. McQuesten

1 This comment suggests that Mary is becoming very concerned about Ruby's health and that Ruby left teaching partly because she was already suffering from ill health. She had continued teaching long enough to put Tom through university and now that he had graduated in June, and had begun earning a small salary, she could rest. Also the family finances were beginning to ease because of the rental of Whitehern to the Hamilton Club for 9-12 months, while they were staying in Oakville. Ruby did not recover completely, was sent to two sanatoriums and finally died in 1911 of consumption (tuberculiosis). See W6135.

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