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W-MCP3-5.066 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN from his sister, Ruby
May 25 1906 Friday afternoon
To: Thomas B. McQuesten 22 Grosvenor St., Toronto, Ontario
From: Ottawa Ladies' College,

My dearest Tim [Tom],

Here it is another week and yet I haven't written you a real epistle yet. And this time it is only another note to put in with Mama's letter. The little Mither seems to be having a finer and finer time. Certainly this is very cheering after the blue times this winter. It will give her something to think about and talk about all summer when there is not much to do.

Well, Ted [Edna] and I are managing to kill time.1 We've just finished with the 24th. In the morning--great excitement!--were down town and saw & certainly heard two long strings of fire-crackers set off by the Chinamen. All the small boys had a lovely time. Those strings as long as the door were hung from a bamboo cane which was fastened up over a stiff ladder--they went off most vigorously. A red-faced policeman came up but, as you say, was "turned down" for the wily Chinaman had been to court the day before & got permission.

Then in the afternoon we had a picnic to a lake near Rockcliffe & returned home early much fatigued after the strenuous excitement & labor of doing nothing.

To-day my old friend Dr. Macdonald telephoned over. He is in the city so of course we're to go out to-night for ice-cream and candies.

As to ordinary life--exams are coming near and since there are no signs of measles about our Matric. pupils will have to be stuffed for the fray. It is very sad but it will soon be over.

Well old boy, I hope you're having a good time and not too much work. With much love.

Your affec'ate sister


1 "Mama," Mary Baker McQuesten is going out West on a missionary inspection tour and Edna is staying with Ruby,(W5453, W5502). Edna suffers from Mental illness and had a recent breakdown, W5406, see also W2511, and W5456.

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