Wednesday [July] 1944

Dear Rosie,

Here are the two eight-cent stamps as requested. It is a treat to see something other than ones, twos and threes.

I am paying Dr Desan's bill and also the Hydro taxes.

Do not send me any more Mandrakes. I can see that the artist exhausted himself last year in a really ingenious strip called the Kordies. The other three were imitations gradually deteriorating until this one promises to be a wash-out. So do not send any more, which instruction, of course, will greatly disappoint you.

My silver gown is so clean that at first I thought mother had bought a new one. I intend to display it to the students and friends around the premises.

I haven't heard from Maclean's magazine yet. I hope Irwin's arrangement wasn't vetoed by someone higher up. [...]

So you have been to Chinatown. I hope the dinner was as good as the guests.

No Cayke, there should be no irony about your writing to me so there I have read it. I read every syllable, every bit of punctuation even, although some of it may be a bit questionable from a coldly critical point of view. However, the content is remarkable and most fascinating. Keep up the good work. My next letter will be to Mother.

Love to both of you

A new nickname for his daughter Claire. See the letters to Viola Pratt, 27 July and to Claire, 29 July.

Mandrake the Magician was a newspaper comic strip created by artist Lee Falk in 1934. Mandrake used hypnosis to fight villains.

The episodes of Mandrake titled 'The Kordies' appeared in American newspapers in 1942.

Irwin's arrangement
Arthur Irwin had commissioned a poem from Pratt on the return of the troops in Spring 1944.

One line deleted, presumably by the recipient.

Last ruler of ancient Lydia, renowned for his wealth.