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[Correspondence 1956-1959] Creelman, Lyle, 1908-2007 1959

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 Geneva, Nov. 3,1957,
Dear Mother,
Have just listened to the BBC news and have heard about the second sa^elite which
the Russians have launched,  They really have got the lead on the West in technology,
I feel sorry for the dog but I suppose it is no worse than vivisection except that in it
the dog is put to sleep and does not suffer.  It is likely that very soon they will
launch something with a human in?4t, aid they will certainly be the first to the moon
if humans are to get there.
I have had quite a lot of contact with Russians these last few days.  I have been
listening ill!on Marty*s committee and there was a Russian member. He was very nice and
made a very good contribution.  I think he islof the old school and does not ha-ge some
of the rather crude manners of some of f|-hem. Then there is a Russian herewith WHO for
two months. He is supposed to be learning all about the Organization so he can interpret
to his Government.  I have an appointment with him and his ignterpreter fb r two hours next
Tuesday morning. At the dinner on Friday night I sat beside one of them arid opposite the
other. The one who lias been on the committee speaks French so we got alegig all right. ^
The other does not understand any French but he understands and can speak a^little English.
It has been a lovely day. As I had a late night last night—at Dr. and Mrs. Chu's
for Chinese dinner—the rRussians were there alsio---I slept ip. this morning. At noon
Martji and I took Olive to the airport, and then went for a short drive.tf After I came
back I s&arted making out my Xmas card list. Just realized that if I am going to sen€l
cards to the far corners jif the earth some of them should get off this week.
Another job I did was to look through the things in my collection to see what wouldt
do for Xmas gifts,  I have picked, out some things to send to you so that you can have some
extra things to give if you want to. ^ift mail the parcel to-morrow and thiols what it
will contain:- a package of very nice English Xma|C' cards for you to send to special
friends.  There are ten of themfl* 4 ladies handkerchiefs.  1 man's handkerchief, it would
be nice for Alex.  4 small silk scarves, they would be nice §ot  the ladies at the jouse
or Jfhe for Mrs, Caird.  2 Swiss bags—like the ones I have taken home before.  2 other
bags of nylon net and made here yi Sw||tzerland||so they wiifel probably be different from
anything at home. Keep any of these things you like for yourself.  I thought you might
like to have a few things from here to give away and I hope they arrive in time.
I am enclosing three cheques for $25 and three for |10. You should have asked
before but you are always saying youJiave plenty aid I had forgotton that it was so
long since I have sent one.  Take one of these and buy yourself something special for
Xmas.  I shall go to the bank and send home $200 to-morrow.  There is no point in
waitine for the exchange to go down as I do not wxpectJ|t will.
Glad you were at Ruth's for dinner, Youjiaentioned once that the City might buy up
the houses on that little street and that Jri^ifth would have to move. Has that danger passed
There would be no chance of me getting a job at U.B.C.  They only take in the yoigfiig nurses
now,  I would have to go back to schoolja year before I could get any job in Canada that
would have pay enough to live on.  So I will have to stay here until I can get a pension
to supplement what I might earn on a job.
You asked why I did not entertain Miss Creasor.  I do not remember if she was in
Geneva.  If she was and I did not entertain her it was because she either did not let me
know she was here, or she was here only a few hours, or I had something else on.  I made
it a point of bringing all the Vancouver nurses who were here to dry  apartment even if
only for a little while.  I have a vague feeling tk^at she may have bejen here the week-end
I was off with the other girle.
You said you were going down to; Woodward's to get more twine to finish the spread.
For goodness sakes do not ge=fe work so fast on it. You will have nothing to do with you r
hands over Xmas. Are there any groups who want socks knit?  If so I will buy the wool for ,
you to knit some to give away.
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Xmas cards.  I think I shall stay here for Xmas. At one time I thought of going to
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Dear Mother,
This has been the first gray wet Sunday we have had for a long time.  I thought I
would get a lot of work done and have not done too bad considering that I had some
unexpected change in plans.
I went to church and after church the Clarks asked me to home home to dinner with
them as they had some Canadian cousins visiting them. The cousins were a young
psychiatrist and his wife who have been in England for a year and are now on their way
back home to Montreal. They were very nice and the dinner—chicken with dressing—was
delicious. After I came feack I read a while and since have been wrapping a few Xmas
parcels.  I shall tell you what they are.
I have done up a parcel for Eleanor which includes a nice Swiss tea-cloth. When
she commented on the gift I sent to Anita and Angus I thought she indicated that she
would like to have one herself.  This^ne is not quite so nice and I hope she lik?#s the
color.  It is rose.  I included also a little Swiss dress for the grand-daughter. That
is all I am sending them,  I have a little Swiss calendar for Mefct.  I am also putting
one in the mail for you.  I had two very nice handkerchiefs which I have wrapped for
Miss Cavers.  I have a desk-calendar for Ruth Morrison and put a little hanky in an
envelope for her Mother.  Somebody gave me two very nice tea-cloths but the cllor clashes
with my kitchen so I have addressed them to Frieda.  I think that will be the extent of
my parcels home.  Oh, I shall send a box of chocolates to Mrs. Caird for the house. Wi|gj||
that be acceptable do you think or should I send something else?  I wish you would take
one of the $10 cheques I sent you last week and buy yourself something for Xmas.  I do
not know what to send you f»mn here or what you need.
I dhall try to write to Eleanor this week .  I hope she cakes it easy after she is
home. Yes, I shall send more money before I go to Africa. Perhaps the exchange will come
down a little by January.  I do not spend everything as I go so do not worry. My
furniture has been quite an investment this year but that is all paid for now so I should
save a lot more,  ^he cost of living has gone up considerably here the past year.  If the
pension is increased it will only be fair if Mrs. Caird asks for a little more. After all
the increase id given because the cost of food etc. has increased.  So please do n&^k
day anything if that happens.
Glad you were at dinner at Hazel's. Who was your partner at cards? What does
Graham plan to study—electrical engineering? Do you think Bi}lie and Mrs. MacLeod
will hit itjoffI    Perhaps Billie will have a trip to England,
I hope you doj|hot have any further bother with the twine. Do not worry if you do
not get it.  Perhaps when I come home I can find some for you.
I had three people in for dinner last night and then six more forgSdessert and
coffee and to see some pictures. Dr. Lin, from Formosa and with whom Lorna Horwood will
be working.is here for a week. He had some nice pictures taken in various countries
of Europe which all enjoyed. The other dinner guests were Dr, Eames Macintosh of
England and Dr. Maria Pfister who is on our staff. We had a nice time but it was rather
late so I am going to be in bed by 9 P.M.
Dr. Mary Cross is here from Birmingham this week anojfshe insists on taking me out
for dinner lrffsy^nigfct.  Sh^jB says that the last two times she has been here I have
entertained her but I do not remember.  She is a specialist in premature babies.
On Tuesday night I am going to a church social evening., Have no Idea what it will
be like or how many go but will tell you abcjit it in my next Jester.
I am going to #ry fo finish my Xmas cards this week. They should be mailed to Canad4
by next week end if they are to arrive on time.
Hope the weather is still fine and that you are well,
Love,
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Geneva, Oct.6,1957.
Dear Mother,
^his has been a nice day but I have been very lazy.  Pid not get up until nearly
noon.  I had some company in last night ahd did not get the di|$hes done after they went
until nearly midnight.  I forgot to asl$ my maid if she could, come in the evening to
wash up which I usually have her do.  he people who we±e £* included the new Chief
of the Maternal and °hild Health Section, Dr. Winnichk&.  She is from Warsaw and is
in a boarding house so I thought she might like to join the two nurses who are here.
One of the nurses is Lorna Horwood and the other is a Miss Lillywhite from England who
is going out to work with Eleanor in f^gjd&d.     I had invited Elizabeth also but she was
feeling tired. We had a nice time and I showed my pictures of Lappland.
Yesterday the nurses and I drove t§ja little town along the Lake where they were
having a local fete. They wnjoyed seeing the decorations in the town but we dietfgot
stay for the parade. We drove back through the vinyards which are just beginning to
turn in color and make the countryside very beautiful.
^his afternoon Mrs. Strahan, Sith whom Elizabeth is staying, iilizabetl||arid I drove
to a little out-door cafe not far from Geneva, where at this time of the year on can
get fresh grape-juice.  It is very delicious to drink before it ferments, but I suspect
it is full of calories as it is quite sweet.
The Polish doctor is a big woman and is quite nice but I suspect she is going to
have quite a time fitting into an international organization, ^he is not very tolerant
of other people's customs and ways of doing things.  One has to have a lot of tolerance
in interaational work.
•/here will be a Japanese nurse here to-morrow.  °he has been on a W.H.O. Fellowship
in England for ayear.  I suppose I shall have to either bring her home to dinner or take
her out.  It will be easier to bring her home.  I made|§| casserole of meat for last
night and made far too much so it will be a way to get left-overs used up.  I used up
some sour milk to-night by making bran muffins but they are too dry.  They will keep
fresh in the deep-freeze for a long time and I take them out and use them as I need them.
In your last letter jiou mentioned a Dr. Harm who is here with the World Council of
Churches.  I have not heard his name but may come across him and will ask him what he
thought of Vancouver. Or was is Somewhere else you heard him from.
I did not realize that Eleanor and Alex were returning via San Francisco. You will
no dou||t have heard about the wedding by this time. You asked what I sent Angus and Anita.
I think I told you in my  last—a nice Swiss embroideried tea cloth.
I must write to Hazel. I seem to fing letter writing about the easiest thin& to
put off. It is too bad as I cannot expect people to write to me if I do not write to
them.
What is the matter with Miss Cavers?  I think I shall write her a line to-might as
she had been so nice to you.
You have not mentioned the Westminister folks lately.  o you hear from them? Y?u
should call Matrel sometimes.
I have just been listening to the BBC hews.  The Russians have really taken people
by surprise in launching such a big satellite.  I wonder what will be learned from it.
There should be more useful ways of speeding money.
I have just purchased a book on Alpine ^lowers—i% is in French so it is also good
practise for nry reading.  It has beautiful color platejs,, painted by an English artist
many years ago.  I hope next Spring that I can get started on some flower photography.
Iffjsuppose however not many of the flowers will be out before I take off for Vanvouver.
I can hardly wait till that time comes,  ^hat big celebrations are planned for the
summer.  I hPd better make my reservations early.
I have interrupted this to write to Miss Cavers and to Hazel.   %.  ''^^p; .
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Geneva, Nov. 24,1957.
Dear Mother,
I think I have nearly all my  Xmas cards addressed now and kave written notes with
some.  I suppose there will be some friends I have omitted but will have to send them a
letter if I recieve a card.  I have just addressed one to Miss Fairleyfjind also to Miss
Campbell.  I know Miss Fairley is not at the same address as she was last year so hope
it will be forwarded.
It has been cold and gray to-day so it has not been difficult to stay in this afternoon.  I went to chmrch this morning.  Since p|| minister has found an apartment—
the Manse--tfte congregation are invited there afterwards for coffee.  I went to-day.
I suppose that gradually I shall meet some offfche peoplwfi They are very friendly but
I 4o not rush up to introduce myself, so do not get to know as many as I should.
Yesterday I took Dr. Lin, from Formosajlfon a dtive to Annecy.  Then in the evening
I was invited out to Dr. and Mrs, Sze'sgalong with Marty, to listen to music.  It was
very nice but it was late when I got b%ek home-J|j Thursday fts American Thanksgiving so
I am going with a party of Americans to a big dinner and dance.  It willpbe an opportunity to wear my evening dress for the first time in 1957.
I am going to have a meeting with nurses from the 12th Dec. to the 20th. so it is
not going £o leave me much time to plMn for Xmas. If I do not get an invitation out to
dinner I shall try my hand at cooking a turkey h||re. The Swiss ovensjfare so small that
it will not be a big one. What is Eleanor planning for Xmas this yearpg*
Have you seerijjan th||fcpapars that ^enry Borden has a^ew government assignment/ I
was just reading the note Winnie Barnstead sent with her last Xmas card.  She said then
that they had a new town house and were not spendj||tg so much of their time in the country.
I wonder how Atthur and Chfcistine are.  I suppose winteringk^^Florida as usual.
Did I tell you that I wa*e was having company in for last Thurs. Itpwas quite a
success. I had Dr. Macintosh, from England, Dr Lin, from Formosa, Bob Bogue who works
with Marty and my two secretaries. I wanted to try one of the Swiss dishes. You have
raw meat cut in small pieces and each person dips his meat on special forks into boiling
butter which is kept hot on the middle of tad tablje^ I had baked potato with this and
for dessert, pumpkin pie.
I am planning to have some guests next Saturday and then I think I shall be about
caught up on the entertainment 1 owe. After that when I entertain I am going to try
to include some people outside of W.H.O.  It is silly^just asking intjie people one sees
every day at work.
I shall have Fernanda staying with me|from the 11th to the 20th of December.  One of
our nurses is coming to the meeting from Washington and sbhe will probably bemn Geneva
over Xmas.  However I do not intend being generous and inviting her to stay with me.  She
is not a person I enjoy being with.
I think I told you iSiat j£fi|ent the chocolates off to Vi.  Sent her a card and a note
to-day. Hope I get )$jrs. Moses' address soon so I can send her chocolates in time foifei
xmas.
I have just heard the B.B.C. news and the announcement that the U.S. will launch
some sattelites which will far surpass what the Russians have done. However even with
speeding up it apparently will not be for another two and a half years so by that time
the Russians are sure to have something bigger and better. I^ffi seems to be a very senseless race and a terrible waste of money that could be used to make life so much morle*
pleasant for so many people. However I think an outrand out war is getting farther away.
I am invited to Dr. Pfister's for dinner on Tues. To-morrow night Dr. Leslie uook
of the World ^ouncil of Churfihes is speaking in the American Community Hall.  I would
like to hear him.  Was he the one in Vancouver recently?
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 ^eneva, Dec. 8,1957.
Dear Mother,
I intended staying in to work most of the day but got invited out to lunch ahd that
has taken a good share of my time.  Sir Andrew Davidson is the retired Health Officer for
Scotland.  I have met him on several occasions and he is here with W.H.O. doing a special
job for  a month.  I invited him in to dinner a week ago so he was returning the hospitality,
•Jfe drove to Annecy--it was raining and a bit foggy §|ut by the time we had iinished lunch
it was clearer and the Lake was very beautiful. We had a four course lunch which lasted
from about 1 to 3 P.M.  ^o I am certainly nfe ready for much supper. We got back about
5 P.M. and wo ha I have been doing some work since. No doubt I have accomplished more in
these two hours than I would have if I had stayed in al 1 day.
Last night I invited in the nurse who is here from England and who is going to
Iran, an American girl from California who is going as a laboratory t$£hnieian to
St. Helena (poor girl she has no4 idea what she is on for or how lonely she will be as a
young American in that small British colony) and hejr Americj|||friend who is a schoolteacher in Germany.  I wanted to try the famous cheese fondue dish.  It turned out very
well so now I know I can serve friends who have never had this dish very easily at home.
It is quite a novelty as every one dips his bread on the end of a special fork into
bubbling hot cheese.  It is a good mixer.  I don't know why I have not learned to make
it before this.
lone Ripley from our Washington office arrives$|to-morrow afternoon.  I do not know
if she will be here over Xmas or not.  I really hope not.  Fernanda arrives onWed. and
will be staying with me.  I shall be glad w|jen Xmas comes and the rush is over, ^hen
I will have to get caught up on all the routine which will have to be set aside for the
next two weeks.  I know however, that I would not be happy if I did not have attot of work
to do so this is not complaining, »
I am glad you are going to Hazel's for Xmas.  I think you will enjoy it better than
going over to Mary's,  I am glad to hear that Billie is^oming to England, How long is
he planning to stay?  I don't suppose he will be coming this way,  I shall be in London
a couple of days on my way home so perhaps if he is going to be over here that long and
will not be home while I am there next year I could meet hime there.  I have looked at
your letter again and see that you said Billie would likely stay away the six months that
he can and still recieve the Pension,  It is nice that the Pension has gone up, but then
so has the cost of living.
I think your suggestion of getting tea or a nice box of biscuits to take to the
family at Vas is a very good one.  I thought once that I might telephone home to you
but I don't think it would be very satisfactory so have decided not to do it and to save ^
the money it would take to buy you something whwn I go home.
I have just listened to the B,B,C, news but there does not seem to be much of interest.
That was a terrible rail tradegy in England last week. Many of our secretaries fr^re
anxious until they heard from home as many of them come from the areas tm.  whichlpeople
on these trains (S&hW However I have not heard of anyone here who was affected.
I wonder if the U.S. will go more quietly about the launching of the next test
satellite,  ^his has been a big set-back aid disappointment for them.  Our two Russian
doctors have returned to Moscow.  It would be interesting to know what they Report about
their three months with W.H.O in ueneva.  or one thing their English improved greatly.
I have all my Xmas cards ready now, and already I am recieving them from people to
whom I did not send any. D0 you ever hear from Anne Radcliffe.  I haven't recieved a
card from her yet, but have sent her one.  I wonder if she is still at the Genetal Hospittf
Her life has certainly not been a happy one.
Have just been reading an article on the Duke of Edinburgh's trip last year.  I woul^'
love to see and hear the broadcast of tue Queen's speech this year but no opportunity
here.
 Dec. 22,1957.
Dear Mother,
By the time you recieve this Xmas will be over and I hope you will have had a
good time with the family. I certainly am very sad not to be with you.  I intend—
dd having a letter off to you which would reach you before Xmas Day but as you
know this last week has been a very busy one for me. Our meetings were very
successful indeed. The nurses all left yesterday except for two.  hey insisted
on taking me for lunch to—day so I took them for a nice drive beforehand up in the
Jura.  he snow was lovely and the sun shining and all the time Geneva was covered
with cloud and fog.  I was glad to get out in the fresh air. But we had such a
huge lunch—from 1:30 until nearly 4 that I am very ileepy now.  I have just looked
at the Church notice and see that at 7;30 there is to be carol singing at the home
of one of the members, the Clark's whom I know very well. Although my inclination
is to go to bed and get caught up on sleep it will probably be the only time that
I can hear any Xmas carols this year so I th$n I shall go.  4!/ill save a spg.ce at
the end to tifell you about it.
I have just written to the ^anager of the Bank of Montreal to ask him about
the $200 deposit. And also about the $50 which Willa Rutledge said she asked to
have transferred. To-morrow I will have another $200 transferred.  I hope you
have not been short over Xmas. Anyway there is some in the other account you can
use until this gets straightened *out.  I wonder if it would be a good idea if
I asked the bank to send the notice of deposits here and then I can always chack.
You will still be able to check also by taking the book in.
Our Xmas party at Bob B&gue's is dwindling. People who did not intend going
home for Xmas are doing so. My secretary is one of them. We thought jbhere might
be a lofe&f work for her to do after this meeting so she was staying.  I could tell
that she was beginning to feel very homesick so as we kept the work caught up I let
her go.,r|?j3£nanda left last night so I can spread out afeain. Have my den strewn
with papers and am getting off last minute Xmas cards.
I had anotherletter from Frieda and perhaps you had also, ^he went to the
funeral.  Sadie was there also, and Frieda said she looked very frail. Apparently
she had 3/4 of her stomach remover last winter.  Is her Mother still living?  I
could not remember when I wrote to Sadie.fl Apparently Allie has not been heard of
for four yfears and Sadie thinks he must be dead.
The nurses who were here took Fernanda to a dinner on Friday evening.  It
was a very engojiable wind—up to the meetings. They gave us wach a nice plant.
Fernanda could not take hers with her so I have it here also, Another arrived on
my door-step to-night so I shall be well supplied with flowers over Xmas.  I do
not have very much luck with potted plants. Bought a poinsttta abput two weeks ago.
The florist said it would last all winter and then would come up again for next
winter. But already the leaves are turning yellow and falling.
Later:  Just back from the Ciark's.  xhere certainly were some lusty singers among
the forty to fifty people present.  I was not familiar with a lot of the hymns
and carols—they had a decidely Scottish flavor. I did not know many of the people
there but it was nevertheless quite a pleasant evening.
I hope there will not be much work this week so that I can take it asy and
get caught up with some reading.  If the weather keeps 04 getting colder as it
has these past few days we may have snow in Geneva for Xmas.  I was watching on
the way home to-night for lighted windows and decorations. Private homes do not
go in for that here as they do in Vancouver.
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Geneva, Dec. 29,1957.
Dear Mother,
This has been a dull foggy day in Geneva and I just felt I had to get out for some
sunshine.  Do immediately after lunch I drove up to St. Cergue and it was beautiful,  I'
have never seen the Alpes clearer or more lovely and of course all covered with snov,
Ahere was not as much snow at St. Cergue as last Sunday but still there seemed to fee
enough for some enthusiastic skiers.  I left my car just after coming out into the sunshine and had a wonderful walk the rest of the way.  I thought perhaps Graham would like
to go up and try some sMing but he preferred to stay here and write letters and listen
to the radio.
It has been nice having Graham here but I am just as glad that he is leaving tomorrow—hitchhiking to the south of FranceT  It has kept me busy cooking.  I doh't imagine
he got very big meals along the way and certainly nopLJiome-oookedr-oiares-s It has been
allright for me to have this to do for thes Xmas week but with my office work I could not
keep it up.  I am looking forward to the two days holiday—Tues. and Wed. — to be by myself and not have to cook and eat big meals-r I have gained four pounds over the ^vmas week
so will have to work this week at taking it off.  I have no plans for New Year's and hope
I do not have to do anything.  Have to did out my cotton dresses for Africa and also do
some reading about the countries I shall be visiting.
I asked Bob Bogue to come in for dinner to-night as I thought it would be more interesting for Graham to have a man along and besides I owe Bob a dinner agter Xmas.  Graham
and I went to church this morning and there was talking to a Mr. Fraser whom I had met
before. He was General Secretary of the Y.M.C.A. in Ottawa and not is at the ^orld
H.Q. of the Y. here.  I didcovered that he is living at a Hotel so I as^ed him to come
in for coffee.  *hen he told me about two Canadian school teachers from Germany who are
also at the hotel so I asked h&m to bring them along.  I must go now and prepare the
supper and will finish this before I go to bed and tell you about the people.
11 P.M.  he company stayed late but I shall take time to finish your 1
two Canadian women turned oufefto be a school teacher from near Ottags
with the Army in Germany and the|rother younger woman a teller waTtli the^    CTL Mon
also at Canadian Army H.Q. in Germany. We had a very interesting evening arguing ag-
predestination and Canadian versus European education chiefly.  It turned ou± that \*V
two women have a big car and to-morrow right after lunch are setting off for the Sout>x
of France, so Graham goes along with them.  He is lucky,  *hat means he will be here |k
lunch and will just about clear out my frig. He certainly has an appetite.
I didn't find out much about Mr. Fraser except that he is much younger than he looks
He is almost snow white but he has a big scar on his forehead so must have had an accident which made him prematurely gray. He has been at this H.Q. of the Y. for four years
knd when he is not travelling lives in a hotel here. He seemed very nice and when the
mversation seemed to be |>y-passing Graham as the much younger person he always brought
aJ: around to include Graham.
I made a spice cake from cake mix and served with coffee to them. Have a lot left
over so Graham can clean up on it if he likes.  Otherwise I shall be too tempted to
nibble when I should be dieting.
I am anxious to know how you spend Xmad,  I had a letter from Ursula, According to
her Billie's sister wants Billie to come and live &with her permanently and Billie is g«£
going to give it a six months' trial. My bet is that he will return to Vancouver. After
all that time away from England I do not think he will find Hiring there now to his
liking, but I may be mistaken.
It seems too bad to hatoe to go to work to-morrow when the next two days are holidays. The next time I have this season in Switzerland I shall arrange it differently.
Must stop this typewriter noise now and get to bed.
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  Geneva, March 22, 1958,
Dear Mother,
■A-t last I have a little order in my apartment and am now settling down to
answer some of the many letters that have accumulated. Yesterday I stuck to office
work and got the pile of reading material t^here a little smaller.  ■Lhere is going to
he a lot to do hefore I leave for home,  I will soon have to get some reservations.
Not only by air hut in Vancouver.  I shall write to the Kamlo this week hut I have a
feeling that they may be booked. Perhaps I shall have to go to the Sylvia for a week
and look around after I get home. There are lots of auto courts near Vancouver now
and maybe that wpuld be a good thing. As I shall be hiring a car as usual.
It turned colder here very suddenly just before I returned and I certainly have
noticed the difference.  I cannot have my window open zat ni^ht or I wake up with a
sore throat.  It is cold but sunny to-day.  I thought it best not to go out to church
and get chilled.  Perhapd I can avoid the cilld which so many seem to have or have had
here.
We have four nurses here now and I have invited them in for a light supper togeth~
er with Elizabeth and Marty. Have just tried to make some ice-cream in the fridg, 8~
Have not ,made any before but it is much cheaper than buying it here.  I am looking
forward to the cottage cheese when I get home.
Eleanor Graham stayed in my apartment when she was here.  She left a little note
and said that she and her mother add you had tea. You did not tell me. She  marvelled
at haw you remembered people and events and thought you looked very well.
I had a very nice letter from Gertrude^ %11's daughter. Frieda always spoke
very nicely of her.  She told me about the family and has sent pictures.  I shall take
the letter and the pictures home with me. ^he said her mother is well—has sold the
big car they had and has bought a little one and is learning to drive. Hopes to drive
to N.S. in the summer.  Sadie wi}l probably have a new lease on life.
I found also a nice letter from Mary Smith thanking me for the dress I sent to the
baby,  ^hen you see or speak to Eleanor or Mary please tell them.  I shall not have
time to write now.  ihere was also a note from Mrs Caird.  I am glad she liked the
chocolates. And a note from Mabel acknowledging my Xmas card. She spoke of you being
out at New Year's (the note was written Jan. 26) and wished you could come out more
oftejj.
The last letter I have from you is dated March 12th.  I think I told you I turned down the invitation to speak at the Canadian Public Health Association.  I would
not have any time to prepare a speech before leaving here and I certainly do not
intend taking time from my rest at home to do so. However I do want to attend the
meetings.  I have also a letter at the office\from Miss Wright written some time ago
and asking if I would £o to the meetings of the Association at Victoria.  I tiling tfe
they come the latter few days of May.  I will write and say that I cannot make any
promises and I am not to be on the programme. However I was wondering if you would
like to go to Victorig..  If you would I will go and will attend some of the meetings
Is Mrs Faulker there now? You refer to seeing her in Vancouver occasionally. Let
me know what you think about it.
Among my mail here there was a nice jar of marmalade from Jessie Bierman who was
here with us but is now back in California. Also a small Xmas cake from some American nurse I entertained.  I am going to have the cake with the ice cream to-nifeht.
So now I must send two thank you notes fo them if I don't write any more to-day.
There were three MacLeans here,  I note in one reference to an article by
Pr. Chisholm, Apparently in December.  I did not get that one—if you still have
it keep it forme,
I hope your weather is still good and that you are well,
Love.
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©ear Mother,
*   *his is the first really fine day we have had since I returned, ^he mountains
eith their greeness and flowers beckon me but I was determined to stick to t e job »
and get some important reading completed.  I awoke after eight, got my breakfast and
had it in bed, and then worked there until about twelve thirty. Then I got (tressed
had a light lunch and now have the card table set up on my  back balcony where at
least I am absorbing some of the sunshine into ray skin. You will immediately conclude
that I did not go to church, which is right, but I knew I could not listen and absorb
anything Urom the service knowing the work I had to accomplish. I am sorry you
are grieving over the fact that I did not go to church when I was home—but you know
I stayed home so that I could listen to the service with you. Ahis I enjoyed far
more and got far more from than I would have being with a crowd of people, in what
after all is onljfc a man-made building.
Yesterday I really worked hadd.  It is amazing the things that accumulate to do
and even though someone had put a few flowers in my  apartment for me wfen I came home
it did not feel like a home until last night. &o early yesterday morning I went to
the store and bought two new window-boxesT Two I had last year were donated by Alex
and were falling apart. They would not have been safe to hang over tlie-g«j?nlin.
railing. Aheh I went to the market and bought flowers—geraniums, lobelia, petunias,
anil begonias.  *^hen I got home I discovered that the window-boxes were too small and
had to change them after lunch. Tken j found that Ih did not have enough eatth and
so had to go out towards the airport to a florists and get some earth.  I finished
with it all about 5 P.M. Now I have en the back balcony three window-boxws, two of
them with red geraniums and petunias, add one with geraniums and lobelia.  On the
front balcony I have five pots of big tuberous begonias. There is not so much sun
there and begonias do not like the sun so that is the place for they, liy African m4e
violets are not deing well—need repiinting, so next week I am going back to the
florists and get some special soil for the purpose. Sfl
My maid has the place quite clean and now she has all my pressing done. he
weather has been such that I have not been able to wear the nice cotton dresses I
brought from home# Perhaps this week I can do so.
You may get a statement from the bank to the effest that there has benna a deposit
ef $63 from the Canadian Nurses Association.  I paid my bill at the Hotel with some
cash and gave a cheque of $87 or so for the balance. So more will be put in that I
drew out. I have almost enough in the bank here now to pay for t he Cortez Island
property but will not send it until next pay*-day in case I might run short. I am
looking forward to the particulars of the Canadian Nurses Ass. retirement plan so I
can decide if it is better for me to join that now than to pay on toy  Gov't annuity.
Yesterday I bought ground beef and sausage meat and made the meat loaf according
to the recepie I got from Beth. I had some and thought it quite good. I put the
rest in the deep-freeze* I wanted to see if it would be just as good if reheated
afier freezing. Then I bought a chicked to cook according to a recepie Mett gave me
I thought I might have company to-night but am not. Will cook the chicken anyway.
Mert's recepie calls for a half cup oi sour cream. I discovered yesterday that one
can not hoy sour cream in Geneva, so J have taken half and half of sweet cream and
yoghort and will see how it works. The company I expected was a Canadian nurse from
Toronto who arrived on Tuesday and is going to the Sudan. She is June Taylor, but
unfortunately she developed a cold and this nice week-end is in bed with a te«peratu*»
mm.    In about an hour, at 3 P.M. I am going to see her and take her some ice-cream
and coolies—none of which I have made ngrself •
Te my  great delight I have not gained weight this summer—in fact this morning
I was down to 140. ^hat is where I would like to stay, or maybe 2 to 5 pounds less.
I fetl ie much better this way. I feel much better for my holiday also, now that
X am #ver the initial feeling of tiredness one always has immediately after a long w
trip.
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1 am not going to keep talking about you coming to Genera* I would like to
hart you come but you will have to decide yourself. I would like, however| that you
-keep all thought of money out. That is make the same decision whether or not your
pension could be continued here. If you would be happier here with me then you should
come. T^g disadvantages would be that you would be alone so much of the 24 hours of
tha working week. At Mrs. Caird* SS|rou may not always like the company but at least
it is seme company. You would not be able to hear radio programmes in English, nor
the Sunday church service. However seme time latter I am going to see it there is
not a radio to be had powerful enough to get the *m programmes from England. That
would be wonderful because they have some very fine educational broadcasts and their
whale thing is not cluttered uJ with advert!slag the way otho ours are ia Canada
and the U.S. You wtrald not have the friends and relatives whom you see in Vancouver
HStwever they seem to beaconing fewer in number. To make up for it, you would meet
seme of my friends here. I m.  sure you would like my  apartment j I have all the
furniture that would be required. I shell not say anything more for the next few
months but you be thinking of It and let me know.
As I said en my  last card I have had two letters from you since I came home. It
hardly seems possible that this time last Week I was still in Ottawa} I seem to have
covered a let of ground since that time. ||X got a great wtlctme back md evllp^onefi
liaid they were very glad to see me. Tell me about Mrs. Moore, her background, etc.
I eanH $uite remember how Erskine BavMson fits into the family? I will be glad
£|» see -the clipping. Have you gone to Kerrisdale yet? Be careful, .when you do. One
thing hern thtr* ia aot nearly as much fcespect for pedastrians.  he motorists do not
stop as they do in Vancouver. 1 had better Stop il&w or this letter will be over**
weight.
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L#fe,
 Seneva, July 13,1058.
Bear .[other,
It id just six P.M. and I have just come in from a very pleasant drive outside
Geneva. I woke up early tMs morning and could not slee it was so hot. Decided
I would have to get out to the country, so called up a young Dr. , Ruth Steinkamp,
who is here for the summer. She is a ~very  nice person, from Arkanas, and was very
pleased to have the chance to get out in the air, and especially in an open car. Shs
is planning to buy a Hillman convertible to take back to the U.S. with her. We took
our picnic lunch and went up Sal eve and then after wandered around some country
fit A
roads. *he fields of grain ar«a ripening and everything looks very nice.  he little
"rench villages have their flags out as to-morrow is Bastille ^ay. It nearly
rained on us once or  twice but we managed to keep the top down. It is cloudy now
so this probably ends our fine weather for a little. Yesterday was very warm. I
hope the B.C. weather is keeping fine—heard on the B.B.C. news last night that
Princess Matgaret had arrived in VaH*ea Victoria.
My parcels have arrived—the bed-spread looks lovely and is exactly the right »
size* I have put the old one away. I am sure this one will be very much admired.
On Friday night we had a Division dinner at a Restaurant in the country. It v.w
was quite a jolly party. Afterwards a few of us went to a very nice concert to hear
Segovia, a world famous guitarist. It wi|s in acharming little Victorian theatre
and was well worth staying out late to hear. Slept in yesterday end did not take my
usual Sat. A.M* trip to the market.
I thought that it was iext week-end that I would be going to Brussels but it is
two weeks from to-day. Was quite pleased when on Friday afternoon I discovered that
I had an extra week to get my  work completed. So I did not do any work this week**
end. However will do some office reading before I go to bed.
I noticed the enclosed editorial about Quebec in the London Times. Thought you
might like to read it. Send me some of the interesting clippings about Princess
Margaret's visit. I hope you get a good look at her on television.
Boh Bogue has resigned from W.H.O. He is not really a good person for H.Q.
Never really found his plawe here. Some of us feel a little sorry for him as it has
not been too easy for him working undrer Marty. His birthday is on ednesday so a&eu
I have invited four others in for a surprise dinner on Wed. Everybody is bringing
part of the dinner so it will be quite easy. I bought a box of angel food cake mix
and then could not find the proper kind of tin. Had to borrow one. Think if this
cake turns out successfully 1*11 get someone who is coming to bring me one or perhaps
Eleanor would send me one.  I think one can get them better and cheaper in the Stated
than in Canada.
Did I tell you that I had a letter from Frieda. Also had an announcement of
Robin*s wedding. I guess he married a Catholic but she turned. Believe they are
living in Moncton. Have just checked Frieda's letter—I guess she did not turn and
neither did he. Frieda says the priests are paying a lot of attention to her now.
Frieda says that Sadie is going to California to live. Apparently Frieda is married
and living there. Carol was planning to be married in July in Ontario. Frieda says
she likes her man—Bruce is his first name—very much. Is a teacher and has a
Fellowship te study at Duke University in North Carolina this next year. Carol hopes
to get some physiotherapy work to do. So now Frieda has het  family off her hands
things should not be too difficult for her. However she must be lonely at times,
as we all are.  he says she is saving up to come to Europe sometime, so I hope you
are here to occupy my room and I will not have to put her up so long.
Must get ngrself some supper now and be ready to hear the news from London. We
had tea with some ice-cream on mhe way home so I am not very hungry.
Hope you are keeping well. Your letter did not arrive last week—will probably
be in the post to-morrow.
Love^i
 Geneva, July 20,1958.
Dear iother.
m;
Ahis has been a very fine week-end, not too warm and sunny except for a very brief
spell this afternoon. Yesterday about three in the afternoon I took the two Canadian
nurses who are here for a drive up the Jura. I wanted to test out my  car as I had
haen having a little difficulty with the radiator heating. It seemed to be O.S. yesterday so I guess whatever the garage mechanic did was the right thing. It was very
pretty and the girls got their first view of Mt. Blanc. To—day I went with Ruth
Steinkamp in her new car to Champeiy* Her cat is a Hillman like mine but the color
is fire-engine red. Except for about a half hour we were able to drive with the top
down the whole day. I have a lot more tan—in fact some burn but I expect the redness
will be gone by morning. We went up in the teleferique and climbed a little so that
we were up about 5600 feet. $e ft/and quite a few flowers, my  first in Switzerland this
year and as it will likely iie my only time out in the flower season I was very glad.
Have started my  pressing. Will see haw they keep the color* Put them between blotting
paper and newspaper and then in a magazine and under a pile of magazines* I think
the newspapers are supposed to be changed frequently but I do not think I shall have
time for that.
Glad to know hy your last letter that you have gained back your lost weight. Am
afraid I have gone up to 143. However perhaps if I resist the bread in Finland I can
loose some again. I recieved the Macleans and some clippings. Let me know what happens
in the Paul case. Have they any clues yet?
I suppose Annie Eateliffe is back in Vancouver now. Hopes she comes to see you and
tells you about her visit in N.S.
You mentioned the C.N.A. retirement scheme—I told you in one letter that we would
be getting the detained information but it has not arrived yet.  It is something like the
Government annuity and if it seems better I will take it out and not h»mm pay in to my
annuity now. Will let you knew what I decide to do. You ask if Miss Gray and Miss
Fairley will get it. No, not unless they pay in as one would do an annuity. It is not
automatic like the old age pension—it has to be bought*
I do not understand why you question that I do no t mean what I say about yoa
coming to Geneva. Of course I dom    I never pressed for it before because you had many
friends in Vancouver and you could get about so much by yourself. Now many of the friends
have gone and you are not feeling so much like going out.  o now I think you would be
quite content here, even with not being able to talk the language of the man ia the
Street.  he only thing would be no television and not so much radio. This winter, I
will as I said, see what king of radio would be necessary to get the London broadcasts.
I could go home next June on home leave and you could come back with me. If I go home
then I want to see if I can take a short—perhaps three or four weeks—course at some
University. Probably Seattle. so the timing would have to be according to the timing
of the course. If I did not come tilS Xmas then I would take three months at the
University in Seattle from Jan. to ^arch of 195©. Would just as soon do it next suoaer#
and then would not have to spend so long and so much mone£*
way?
You said that Mrs. Caird has changed.  or the better or the worse and in what
To-morrow I am going to Bob Bogue*s for dinner. He is having Marty, if she will
feel like going, she arrives hack to-morrow morning, Dr. Margaret Mead8 a sociologist
from London, m d Dr. Peterson. **o I shall be in highly intellectual company to-morrow.
Last week when I used a little heavier paper I had to pay more than the ordinary
postage. Thii is a little lighter and I had better not use more than one sheet. Am
going to have a bath now and get some #f to-day's dust off.  hen to bed and read some of
jbhe papers I brought home with me.
Love,
j
 Sunday, July 27,1958.
i>ear 7 >ther,
his is probably the last typed letter you will have from me for a little while
as I just have not room to take my typewriter—or rather I have not weight. Its is
difficult to pack for the weather one would normally expect far Brussels and for
Helsinki. I will just have to hope for the best.
I had a busy day yesterday—hair done in the morning after a little shopping and
then Elizabeth and I picked up ^etty Tennant, who used to be with the Rockefeller
Foundation and took her to lunch, $Iie came back to my place and stayed and talked
until after five o'clock. After s e left the ^owkefeller oundation she took a job
teaching Public Health at Yale.  It was nice to hear about all the new developments
in that field in the eastern U.S. $he is off to-day with Marjorie D^^illard and
Yvonne Hentsch for a holiday to the Belleric Islands.  I have not had time to look
them up in my  atlas but I think they are off the coast of Spain.
On Friday I mailed you a post-card giving you my address in Finland, ^rite me a
couple of times there so that I will know how you are getting along. Please do not
worry about me if you do not have more than one message( card ot letter) a week. It
is hard to find time to write and then to find stamps and be sure of the right postage
for airmail*
The big governments are certainly having a time keeping up tpo  Russia. Even
if the top meeting is held it would not seem that much value can come from it, but
even is only a little bit more understanding on the part odeall it would be worth it.
I started this letter just before lunch when Ruth Steinkamp called and suggested
a short run in her new car and a picnic lunch, ^e went to a near-by spot on the
Jura a&d then I returned about three. I found lots of flowers but limited myself to
bringipg back only two for pressing. One was a very pretty yellow flower, called tlihe
common-rock—rose. I am going to write to Ethel Wigmore who used to be our librarian
and is now retired in London and ask if she can find a book on flower pressing. Now
with age when I am not so keen on going on long hikes identifying and pressing flowers
would be an interesting hobby. I have finished packing. If they do not weigh my
bag which I shall carry in my  hand and which is heavy with a lot of papers I shall
not be over-weight. However if I am W.H.O. pays so I should not worry too much.
This do in Brussels will be amusing if I can keep my  sense of humor. About
three or four international Catholice health associations are meeting at the same
time. There is a gala opening with them all to-gether to-morrow afternoon and a big
closing with them all on Saturday afternoon. If possible I shall skip the closing
and go to the Fair. I have already been sent a complimentary ticket to the fair so I
guees it is expected that we do not attend every session. There will be a lot of
entertainment and rich food I expect. *he Belgians love food probably more than any
other group of Europeans.
I have arranged for the janitor's wife to come to water the flowers on my
balconies on the days my  maid does not come.  I would hate to come back and find my
flowers withered from lack of water. They are very pretty now, especially the
bright red geraniums. Ahe lobelia is just about gone—it is fetter to plant petunias
with the geraniums as they last much longet.
I am taking only my blue coat which I got in Vancouver. Hope it will be warm
enough for Finland but it is so warm here to-day that I cannot wven carry a wollen
coat over my  arms. Am wearing the cotton two piece I wore when I left Vancouver.
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