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Pension Koch
43 Hohenstanfen Str.
Berlin


Monday June 10 --1912


My dear Paul

     Your very welcome letter of May 27th arrived here for breakfast this morning and I believe you will prefer a letter "right off the bat" even if it be an ill arranged, half baked kind of one, that have me wait a week or a month to write a more carefully considered one that in the end perhaps might never get written at all.  So here goes with whatever ideas and news come first to my mind.
     For a long, long, time we have all been reproaching ourselves with not having written you since we came abroad -- always looking for a period of golden leisure in the near future when letters would almost write themselves.  But somehow that time never came.  Both Karl & your Aunt Helen have been busier than I with what might be called necessary work -- Karl with his university studies, she with keeping up the domestic side of living for a family as well as her own work.
     So I am the one who ought to have written you even though I realized that you heard from us through others of the family and we from you in the same way.
     But all the same a direct letter brings us nearer.  A letter from Los Angeles ten days ago told of your visit there and the invigorating effect of it and we were exceedingly glad that you took pains to go and see him at this critical time when your personal presence
    
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counted for so much.  And we were especially glad to get your personal account of it today and the statement of the feeling there and the outlook and your father's state of body and mind -- all as sized up by yourself.  For, no matter how much we disguise it or how much we try to minimize it or make the best of it, it was and is a terrible ordeal to go through, beginning back with his taking up the McNamara case and assuming the responsibility of determining on what lines the defense could be conducted, and knowing that the only grounds that the law would clear them on was their innocence of the deed, and not any kind of excuse or justification of it.  So he had to make his fight by trying to cover up the truth instead of trying to bring it out.  And then the horde of spies and informers like the Russian government spies, that he had to work among and against -- Men doubtless capable of manufacturing any evidence against him if they needed it -- all this has fairly made my heart bleed for him from the beginning.  One thing (as I wrote him) that I hope they will be obliged to make public is the wholesale system of bribery and espionage that I judge they have been using from the outset.  I think they will be terribly reluctant to have it all come to the light.
     Today after receiving your letter I read in the N.Y.Times the record of the case for May 27 & 29 (?Mon. & Wed) I saw the judge opened the door for all kinds of evidence also that so far Franklin's one days testimony had failed to connect your father with the x bribery charged I hope to see tomorrow what was done Friday May 31.
     Of course we must all stand by him to the extent of our power to the end.  I regard the case more as a battle than a judicial trial and feel that I cannot forecast the result at all until I read the evidence.      
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I am glad tat your father is so hopeful and am glad too that he feels prepared for either count.  To hope for the best and be prepared for the wort is the best frame of mind in which to enter the struggle.
     The letter of Griffes you failed to enclose.  I remember your father speaking of him frequently, & think I was introduced to him long ago but I cannot recall him personally
     I am glad to know that the Greeley district has so good an outlook for crops and also glad that the gas business is doing fairly well.
     We have been very sorry to learnabout the long season of ill health that your mother has had to endure and do hope she will succeed in fully overcoming it.  It seems so unfortunate that she should have had so much trouble in getting into her old Vincennes Ave. house.  I suppose you will look for her in Greeley this summer.
     We should all like to see you very much especially as your family has doubled in number and the two new members we have never seen at all.  But we much look forward at least as far as next year for that as I think when we get back to Chicago we shall feel like staying at home for a while.
     I know you are a busy man and that more responsibility than ever is on your shoulders now and so do not expect letters from you  A card now and then will serve every purpose.  The above address will reach us even if we should not be here when a any correspondence arrived.
     Karl is at work in the University here in the line that he expect to make his specialty -- physics & astrophysics especially electricity & light.  He will go on with his
    
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study at Chicago when we return or rather when the University opens there in October.  Our sailing is fixed from Liverpool for Sept 10 via S.S. Caronia—Cunard line.
     With best regards to you both (and all) from each one of us —

As ever yours

E.E. Darrow