Aug. 6, 1945
That was a funny article in the Telegram.
I had just about forgotten all about that trip to
Consecon. But it really happened, didn't it?
I do not remember the red flag. I thought I just lifted my hand each time I heard it.
I am sending back Chester Duncan's account.
It was forwarded from Victoria and I thought it was addressed to me. You could reply to him.
Well this is the last week. On Saturday morning I leave.
Tomorrow I have tea with the
You remember her don't you. She had her
son, and only child, killed overseas in the air.
As I leave on Saturday you do not need to write after Tuesday or Wednesday. I shall not get the Saturday's mail.
article in the Telegram
A writer in the Toronto Telegram (31 July 1945)
had resurrected from the 1920's a story (somewhat garbled) about Pratt and
Greaves liked to declaim Shakespeare in the open air at his summer place near
Belleville, Ontario, and once had had Pratt assist him in testing the carrying
qualities of his voice. While he declaimed, Pratt slowly retreated, signalling
his reception of Greaves's words. The published account had spoken of Pratt's
signalling with a red flag. Actually he signalled with his arms, clad in an
oversized red sweater owned by Greaves, a much larger man. According to the
earlier account, which was now repeated, the townsfolk, seeing a man in a large
red sweater frantically waving his arms as he walked backward, concluded that 'there
was an unknown mad man loose in the village.' According to the Telegram
version, 'He was strangely dressed, waved a flag and yelled at the top of his voice.
The village never did catch the mad man.'
A village south east of Belleville, where the events took place.