March 26, 1914
1735 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, Calif.
My dear “Miss Jeannie”,
Your delightful letter bringing me the news of your thoughtful method of keeping me in touch with Glasgow, through the “Times”, was enjoyed very much. When the first copy of the paper came, it looked like a familiar face come to say howdy.
I assure you that nothing has given me as much real enjoyment as the visits of the Times. Let me thank you very simply, but very sincerely, for your gift to me.
We have been very fortunate of late, to have so many famous speakers.
The most wonderful was Helen Keller. I thought I would not be surprised, but I was amazed! Her voice carries well. She spoke to an audience of over three thousand. The way she carries on a conversation simply staggers one’s belief.
Dr. Russell – dean of Columbia University gave us such an inspiring lecture. He asked us to run over our school life and see who, of our many teachers, had made an impression that counted. In his own life, of all his teachers here and abroad, he said there stood out only three.
My mind at once ran to “Miss Jeanie” for reasons I can easily tell.
Other speakers I have enjoyed are: Dr. Woods Hutchinson, and Mr. J.W. Foley whose clever verses are found in the Saturday Evening Post. Mr. George Sherwood Eddy, the millionaire missionary. I wish you could hear him. He is soul-stirring in his earnestness.
Booker T. Washington gave two lectures, that were well worth hearing.
When you come to the Panama Exposition, I am going to take you to our church where there are always over three thousand present, and hundreds turned away every Sunday. We have a thousand present at Sunday School. The church gives $30,000 for missionaries per year.
In a way it is encouraging but yet – I believe I get really more real worship when I slip in a smaller church and find quietude.
Do you like the spring styles? I am crazy about ruffles, and fixey things. Oh! There are some of the funniest freaks out here.
I went up in the foreign district recently to a Syrian Mission to tell stories to forty little ones – Syrians, Japanese, Italians, Spanish and odds and ends. They were unruly, uncivilized, barbarous anarchists. They at once said, “Oh, we don’t want to hear any old Jesus stories!”
After I go again I am going to tell you of the results. My letter is too long now. I want to thank you again for the Times. I watch for your news.