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[[preprinted]] Thursday, January 6, 1910 [[/preprinted]]

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Made up our reports and finished accounts today. Altogether I should think it had been a pretty profitable year in New York. We shipped over a thousand tusks from here, and brought in over two thousand bales of cottons. of course in ivory we beat 'em all hands down, - in cottons we finished just short of Childs, but they bring in unsold goods, and also sell [[strikethrough]] [[?]] [[/strikethrough]] on credit, while we do neither. Altogether I guess we made a few dollars more than they did, in 1909.

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[[preprinted]] Friday, January 7, 1910 [[/preprinted]]

of course it isn't pleasant to lose at Bridge, anyway, especially at 2 1/2 chips a hundred, but it's really the limit when your partner lets you down when the right course is just short of hollering in his ear.  Lake has no more idea of the game than an elephant tick, and I'm sure off it now when he's around.  With him in it the only gamble is to see who gets him for a partner.

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