Helen Muir


Wolfe, Linnie Marsh


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n go home, with a housekeeper, (the Jap boy had long since departed,) and a companion from Martinez, I was sick and miserable. 'At this time lumps slowly developed on ritos on tooth sides where the pleurisy had toeen so long. Papa was distracted and did'nt know what to do, when Mr,Keith advised Papa take me to Dr. Herbert Moffitt in San Francisco and have Xrays taken. This he did, and after the diognosis of affected spots in both lungs, and a J&sSSgMfcttfimwHF. tubercular growth on the ritos, I was told the best thing I could do was tas spend about two years somewhere on the desert. Poor Papa, up to then he just could'nt believe I had T B , and even then he would say when telling friends about my illness, "She is recovering from pneumonia", or that "she has had pneumonia". Then came a spell of the heavy winter fog that hung on for days and I felt worse and worse, so haste must toe made to get me. into a dry climate. Papa knew not where to take me-,-' Adamana was too far away for Papa to toe with me as much as he wished without neglecting his work which had already been sadly neglected because of me and my illnesses, So he wrote to Mr. T.P. Lukens, Mrs. Helen Gaut's father and an old friend of our's and asked if he could suggest some spot on the Mojave desert, near Barstow perhaps, where I could have eggs and milk, and could keep my saddle horse with me. I have already told you of our arrival at Daggett two days before Christmas, 1907, so will skip It here. Only let me say again before going on, that in view of the trouble The Van Dykes later caused us all, and the utterly contemptable people they proved themselves to toe, I toeg youi^to mention them in conection with us in this toook as little as poss itole, and to leave out, whenever quoAting Papa's letters to me at Daggett' the "regards to the good old Judge" etc. Please, In the spring of 1908 I had the Grippe, and then in some way, probably through milk from cows that drank


San Bernardino, Calif.

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January 1943

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