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Friday—August 23—[1912?]

Dear Paul—

I presume you receive the various contributions of "news" I send in rolls from time to time.  Glad to get your messages and letters, and hundreds of others from everywhere;—I think D—has heard from about everyone you can possibly wonder about, so no use trying to tell you who—all have come under the wire first and last—excepting to mention a cable from Everett—mostly addresses, beginning and ending, with "Delighted" in the middle.  Of course you are seeing repeated threats to continue the persecution here,—and we rather feel that Fredericks, who is as an enraged bull pawing up the pavement, will not be restrained by the saner element prophesying that he will subside gradually. I think he still hopes to redeem his position with our friend the enemy—and the Daines
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matter is his last forlorn hope, of course.  That was so thrashed about in the previous case that no-one can imagine that there's a fresh shred of that to drag out anew to try to patch up a case with, but there's an indictment out on it, and he has the power to try, and by that token will I believe.  Anyhow, Hutton hadn't the spine to dismiss the case, perhaps because Fredericks has declared that in that event he'd immediately reindict D-- and go ahead all the same, and so maybe Hutton deemed it useless to intervene:  at any rate he refused to try it, or even decide if it is to be tried, and passed it along to Judge Willis, who passes upon it Monday A.M., as you doubtless know ere this.  D-- expects that he, too, will be afraid to throw the case on the scrap-heap and make enemies of the local powers, and the case will undoubtedly be set for trial.  D-- talks of demanding immediate proceedings, then, -- while sentiment is strong --at the recent trial and facts about Baines, etc fresh in all minds-
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Well -- what shall the harvest be ? -- once more !!!  D-- looks rather grim and glum some moments, tho' he vows that he isn't worried, - much --  The financial side will surely cause some anxiety, to be sure-  These cold-blooded sharks out here are living pictures of the doctor that replied to his patient's inquiry about the amount of the M.D.-'s bill, ------:  "How much have you got?"  Just the day before the verdict came in D--- asked me if I'd feel like going back to Chicago for a time, -- that he'd probably have to go back and go to work, and would immediately write to some men he had in mind, if all was well with the jury, -- that he would have   to, -- in fact.  Which was of course his definite intention, then.  Now -- it's different!  Yesterday he talked about how we might reduce expenses by accepting an urgent invitation from a former Chicago - family to come and live in their house rent-free, -- if can be rightly arranged--
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I balked? yes, I really did, ?! for I felt that it would be mighty difficult to adjust two strange families even under the most favorable circumstances,? and it looked to utterly hard under our present strained uncertain mental and physical vibrations,? but when i saw how seriously he had considered it and how advisable he feels it is,I backed up? and am going over to see about it tomorrow,? and if i can see my way to make it work I'll go to it of course!  If I don't see it that way I won't, as it would be bad to try, and fail? Your Dad did these people some favor once free gratis for nothing once, and they are exceedingly anxious to favor him now, ? and it may be a very excellent plan to adopt.  Anyhow, here is the "hunch" from me to you about the financial situation, for whatever it will be worth, dear boy.I take the liberty to put you wise, these days, when I sense the justification for it. You remember that I never did this before these troubles crept in to chop off all income and increase greatly  
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the outcome? or outgo? and I do it now, while so seriously in need of attention, only because I knew that you are so eager as I am to help all that we-all can to watch all leakage, ? while this thing lasts, damit !  Please do not feel, now, that I want you to deny yourselves?any of you?any necessities whatever !  You know that I would worry if i thought that you did that, just as it would worry me if I had to that myself, or see D-- do it,?I simply say this so that you'll be thoroughly acquainted with the real situation, to date, as it appears to us here in it far's we can tell,?I don't suppose that the business there yields many surplus dollars,?but if any do accidentally slide into your till, that you see any way of hanging onto without any denying of comforts and real needs for you-all, just let them soak awhile? til we see ? D-- will probably not say this to you and maybe would rather I didn't?
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I'm sure that he hates to worry you in the least,? And this is not anything to worry over,?really?I honestly believe as I now write?But I can also see that there is great danger of unlimited persecution by the enemy, if that is the game they intend to force through,?and it is wiser and safer to now be looking ahead and taking whatever precautions we can about the financial part of this tragedy, which is by far not the least The labor-crowd does nothing, and won't I'm sure.  The labor-fellows have their own troubles in Indiana soon coming up, you know, and they, like a lot of others, imagine that D-- has plenty for himself and doesn't need any more, no matter what happens along.  It's certainly entirely up to him!  Maybe he'll write you something about this phase of his troubles, ? If not don't say much about it as coming from me, in case he wouldn't like to have me do it this time.  I can't see why I shouldn't, however, when we have
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exactly the same ideas and feelings about this question in all its aspects . I am palying it on the square, too, so that I do not ask more than I grant.  I am still making my 85 ct. sailor serve thro' it's 4-th summer,?I have bought two pairs cheap stockings, I pair gloves,? one 29 ct. collar,? one 85 ct. nightgown and two 50 ct. vests, since I left Chicago? and I don't if I bought another article for myself.  And goodness knows if I will? tho' I expected to have to soon's the verdict came in O.K.  I'll doubtless manage to wiggle along awhile longer with the antiques I still mend and wash and iron myself because if ever anyone else should do it there'd not be even the tatters left to wear?All of which is absolutely alright,? and as I want it, you know that.  Don't skimp on food, please,?whatever you do !  That's bad management !  Don't deny those dear little babies one single thing in the world that is good for them?nor anything that is good for yourselves,?we don't do anything like that and shall not, of course?But we can all see places sometimes if we are looking for them whete we can keep a few dollars from going too fast, at least