[Annie] Wanda [Muir]


[Louie S. Muir]



Sunday Evening Feb 16

Berkeley Cal

Dear Mama

This is Sunday afternoon and except for a little practicing I havent done anything all day but rest, which has been a decided change from what I have been doing all the rest of the week. This last week has been the liveliest busiest one since I have been down here but I've been having a perfectly beautiful time and intend to study this next week mostly, so don't think I m getting too giddy Yesterday afternoon I went over to the city with [illegible]allu[illegible]ah and Margaret Henderson and



saw Viola Allen in the Pallace of the King and enjoyed it very much, she acts wonderfully and it is a delightful little play In spite of the rain every seat in the house was taken and there were a great many people who had to stand Friday evening I went over to Dr Ritters for dinner and had a very nice time Mr & Mrs Keeler were there and a Mr Barret who goes to college and I think boards there. Prof Ritter has just returned from


a trip to Washington and other parts of the east so he talked about his trip and the Keelers told about their long one. Later Friday evening Edna and I went to Oakland and heard Hoffman and enjoyed the music so much that we didn't mind at all the fact that the rain just poured both while we were going and coming Hoffman plays some kinds of music nearly so well as Paderewski (how do you spell it?) but when be plays very loud he pounds too much but altogether it was glorious



I enclose a program and have marked the ones I liked best. Both Wednesday and Thursday evenings Victor Henderson took Margarite [Campbell?], Margaret and I to hear Mr King's Shakespeare recitals at Hearst Hall which were fine and he also introduced us to Mr King afterwards Mr King has given a number of lectures both here and at Stanford on public speaking beside these recitals in which he also acts, he comes from Boston Tuesday evening was the party and Tuesday afternoon the tea which I told


you about before, the house looked very pretty decorated with violets and smilax and there were a great many people here although it rained most of the time, I don't know what we would have done if it had been clear for the four hundred people who came simply packed the house. I poured chocolate and handed round cakes to most of them so I was very much aware of the largeness of the number I wish you could have been here and seen it all the



next time we have anything of the kind you just must come. I met Dr [Jefson] at the tea and don't like him any better than I did before although he has been quite amiable to me ever since the Hittells did not come but everyone else I knew did. I enclose a scarf of the ribbon I wore Tuesday with my white dress, it exactly macked the color of the carnations and looks much better by gass light than in the day time Besides all these things that


I did go to there was this week also the art exibit in the city, the reception to Mrs Hearst, a rally and the car[illegible]ot debate all of which I wanted to go to but simply could not find the time for I had to do some studying to say nothing of that ex in Political Economy. I don't know of anything that is going to happen this week except a candy full party here at the House next Wednesday evening I am very well and the weather has been pretty good



though damp until today when the north wind [start?] up but it is getting cloudy and looks as if it were going to rain again Mr Herbert Evans is now assistant instructor in Botany at the University although he is only a sophomore he teaches in Botany II but not in my section I suppose you noticed that both Miss Hoffman and I forgot our umbrellas when we were up last week. Ive been going around with a borrowed one and I guess she has done likewise


What awful things have been happening around you lately, nearly every morning when I pick up the Oakland and Berkeley papers I find some sort of a horror headed from Martinez, there has been long accounts of all the murders and suicides and a long article with thrilling headlines about Mrs Duane and the hunt for the tramps through the Alhambra hills I would like some oranges very, very much and so would the rest of



the girls so if you will send us some we will all appreciate them very much indeed, also please send me some sort of a napkin ring, I alway forgot to bring one down when I was home and have been using a bent pin for the purpose ever since I came down here I think I have done as you told me about writing a letter that is long if it is nothing else so good night



Too bad that Stanford got the [illegible] medal isn't it?


Berkeley, Calif.

Circa Date

[1902] Feb 16


Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14 cm.

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