Margaret dear! You see from the heading we are still
in the land of the free and the home of the brave1óbut
not in the land of the free lunch any more. Every city
has to have its six-hundred room hotel with its orchestra
at dinner and its Rotary Club luncheon. So it goes.
Orleans was very untidy and very dirty, but also very
interesting in the old French quarter. Plenty of interesting
real folk there too, though an academic set is not the
easiest way to come into contact with artistic or literary
folkówhen there are any.
my reading in New Orleans there appeared two ladies
who were inclined to poetry, and one of whom had known
friends of mine in New York. After the reading they
we[re] good enough to offer to drive me back to my hotel.
As we were going through a lovely park they said "How
about a little drink?" I at once gave thanks to
the Lord with rejoicing, as I was really perishing of
thirst. They stopped at a friendís almost immediately
and we all sat on a shaded porch overlooking the beautiful
great quiet park and lapped up gin and lemonade, with
immense thankful[ness] from one member of the company
are some things that professors donít know! It was one
of the bright spots in the tour.
came on here yesterday after about seventeen hours on
the train. The hops between readings are enormous. And
when I am not on the job, time is rather heavy on my
hands. Many of these dates are at rather small religious
all very interested and civil but sometimes somewhat
limited I fancy.
have been out for a motor ride this forenoon, seeing
Texas. From high points there is always a fine wide
prospect like our prairies. The City is very clean and
orderly and unlike New Orleans. I have not heard of
any French restaurants yet.
know yet when I will be through with this trip or where
I go from here, when I am through. But I dare say I
shall be back in the North for Christmas.
always there will be lots of love for beloved Margaret,
is alluding to the second stanza of "The Star-Spangled
Banner" (1814) by Frances Scott Key. [back]
Fort Worth, Carman read at Texas Christian University,
a co-educational institution founded in 1873 as
Add-Rann Christian College and affiliated with the
Church of Disciples of Christ. [back]