Mabel in Iowa-1903 (continued)

Mabel in Iowa-1903 (continued)

April 5, 1903

My dear Mother,

…  The Dr. came and took dinner a little more leisurely, but soon off again—Was chilly and Carl tried a fire in the parlor fire place, but disgusted and built up a furnace one—then went off up stairs.  [Aunt Mary]. went off to lie down so Will and I amused ourselves with the grate fire for some two hours, having quite a cozy time—He had planned on a trip this p.m. up the river some three miles in a boat—the four of us, taking lunch and returning late, i.e. by moonlight—but the day was too rainy which was a pity…

April 30, 1903

My dear Mother,

I’m getting so adjusted here Aunt Mary says shall adopt me—if you’re willing!  I guess she is safe—but I do hate to leave so soon—Sunday night probably, but all good things must end…

Thursday afternoon we went down town, met Will at 2:30 and went around the college buildings—Science Hall and Museum—met the Botany Prof. one of nicest in the college—showed us all around his department—and explained much to me—was extremely cordial and so enthusiastic over his work—then thru the new College of Liberal Arts building—Of course I enjoyed seeing it all—but am glad I didn’t go there—Brown was better—Then Will drove us home in the buggy…

I had the nicest evening with the boys…and I thought to write but Carl took me into his work room, and talked art for an hour, showing some of his N.Y. work &c.  Will was feeling rather “done up” and went up to lie down in about half an hour—then Carl and I had quite a confidential and cousinly talk until nearly ten—His poise of mind routinely surprises and pleases me—with all his maturity of thought—It has not been his fate to know any cousins, you know—and I am glad we are getting so well acquainted, so that he feels he can talk freely of his discouragements and encouragements, his dreams and ambitions—He is more of an idealist than any of the others—in so many little ways it’s all the time cropping out, but with all that he has the necessary balance of the practical.  It’s art for art’s sake with him and he will make us all famous some day I expect!

Will I like as much, but very differently—Carl seems to me almost an ideal type—and it’s no wonder Aunt Mary has always been so enthusiastic over him…

Well, at this point we came up stairs—Will roused, but would not follow Carl’s example by going to bed—and so we had a good talk …

Will has not Carl’s idealism but with his strong common sense, sense of humor, thoughtfulness for others, he’s a mighty fine cousin to own!

William Richard Hobby

1904, student at Iowa State University

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