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Yesterday was Alice Parsons birthday. She came in to show her new fur lined coat. In the evening Mrs C. & I went in. Mrs C. got up a box in which were 24 articles. I contributed several, among them 24 of the Mexican opals I brought home some years ago. This multiple gift was a very pleasant surprize to Alice & her father & mother. Mrs C. wrapped up each article tied it with ribbon or silver cord, and arranged all in the box, so that it looked like flowers. The 24th or last gift was a little bottle of "digestive tablets"! I wished you were present, but that I always do.

I am hurrying to catch the final mail

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