October 22, 1918
My dear George
Just received your nice long letter dated Sept. 28th. Am glad you got Edie's cheque all right. Yes the war news are very good indeed. Am sorry you are having such bad weather. Last Sunday it rained nearly all the morning & was quite dark but about noon it began to clear & at ten minutes to 1 o'clock Mr. Campbell called to see if Edie would go for a walk. Of course she went. I didn't say anything but dinner was just ready. It meant I had to keep it hot for over an hour but I thought the walk would pass away the time for her. We were unable to go to church as there was no service in the morning & Ernie & Nora were coming to tea so we couldn't go in the evening. I expect you have heard we have two epidemics - 1 Spanish Influenza, the other pneumonia. It has become so serious that theatres & picture shows are closed and churches are only allowed to have one service. The Arlington Hotel is turned into an hospital also Mossop House. You will be sorry to hear Frank Bresetor died of pneumonia last week & last Tuesday Harry Tucker died of it at Ottawa. You knew he got exemption until the Parliament Buildings were finished. It seems the previous Sat. Aunt Eva got word that he had the flu so she & Mabel went to see him. When they got there he had been taken to May Court Emergency Hospital as he had pneumonia. Fred Hall went to fetch the body & told Charlie there were 60 bodies on the train. Well Harry was buried last Friday at Mount Pleasant [cemetry]. Edie & Nora wouldn't let me go to the funeral in case of infection. Ernie & Nora were passing along the Lake Shore Road on Sat. so called on Florrie. Fred was out. I daresay Nora will write & tell you all about it. It certainly is good of Mabel to write you such long letters. Am sorry to say she is still in bed with the flu. Edie phoned Nellie yesterday. She was going on all right but Mrs. Swann is still ill too. I owe Aunt Flo a letter & will try & write this evening. I wonder what kind of a dog Uncle Will has now. I'm sure they felt lost when Bobs was killed. I hope you have got rid of your cold. Be sure & take care of yourself. Glad to say we are all quite well.
With the fondest love & many kisses
Your loving mother