47 Glencairn Ave
Wed. [13 Jan. 1954]
Don't overwork yourself to the point of fatigue. Yes, my beard has suffered in length recently. I did look like the mighty Abdul the Bulbul Amir a week ago. Now I have satin cheeks.
Wasn't it too bad that I had the flu when you were here? I had planned on riotous parties. Nevertheless there's Easter ahead.
The flu has been hitting a lot of people in Toronto. Art Moore (the President) has been in for three weeks with a septic throat. So at the first sign of tiredness rest.
The school broadcast came off but as it was in the forenoon neither one of us heard it. We were told that it was successful enough. They dramatized the Titanic for 30 minutes. Earl Grey produced it over the CBC.
That fire must have been a big shock to you. What a dreadful thing to happen!
Are you having snow and frost in Boston as we are getting it here? Give me May and September anytime.
Much love to you.
Abdul the Bulbul Amir
The sons of the Prophet were hardy and boldIn the 1940s, the song inspired a cartoon short, to which Pratt is referring here.