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STATE OF TENNESSEE OFFICE OF COUNTY COURT CLERK WASHINGTON COUNTY JESS G. SMITH, CLERK JONESBORO, TENN. April 10, 1924. Mr. G. H.Pepper, Heye Foundation, New York City. Dear Mr. Pepper; A short while ago a friend wrote me that he would send me a nice white Flint Spear-head. I immediately instructed him to pack it securely and send it by insured parcel post. In a few days later I received the package. You can imagine my sore disappointment upon opening it and finding he had wrapped one little piece of thin paper around one of the finest Spear–heads I ever saw, another piece of thin paper around a very pretty pipe. These two beautiful specimens were placed loose in a cigar box with a rough 4 1/2 or 5# stone axe. The box had a wire wrapped once around it's center and placed in a paper meal bag and shipped by open mail - no insurance. Well, the Axe bursted [[burst]]] one end of the box, the pipe was broken (a clean straight break) in two, and the fine Spear–head was broken into four pieces. I get sick every time I think of the stupidity of the [[mase?]]. Now, Mr. Pepper I can mend these relics so the breaks will scarcely be perceptible, if you will kindly inform me as to where I can procure a cement that will actually and permanently cement stone relics. I will greatly appreciate the kindness. With all good wishes for the success of the “Heye Foundation,” I am, Very sincerely, Chas. S. Mason.
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