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[[preprinted]] Thursday, March 31, 1910 [[/preprinted]]

Sorry I couldn't pay my club bill with my bridge this month, but anyway I won 40 points, after violent fluctuations, which brings the reserve account up to nearly seventy plunks. I only hope it doesn't get away from me before I get away myself.

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[[preprinted]] Friday, April 1, 1910 [[/preprinted]]

Well, this morning in came a cable telling me to hike back to Aden on the first steamer! It was one huge gigantic surprise, I can assure you, and I am rather pleased at the idea of getting back to the old town among the rocks. But I hate to leave that old pup!

I fooled him first thing this morning. I said "Sic 'em", under the table and he sicced 'em, and I said "April Fool," "You're a natural born fool yourself," he sez, sez 'e, "And it ain't confined to one particular day of the year." And that is where he had it on me, didn't he. 

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