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[[Same Letterhead as on Page 1]]
December 8, 1914.
My dear Schmitt:

Yours of November 12 received, and I finally have run to earth the captain of the San Juan, and he states that of the 110,000 [[writer used lower case "o"s to represent zeros]] pounds 50,000 [[writer used lower case "o"s to represent zeros]] pounds were mushy.  You are correct in assuming that the fish dumped were mushy.

A lot of vessels are tying up for a little while now in order to repair and refit, and also to avoid the worst of the winter season in the north.  The price paid lately has been high, but the receipts were small naturally.

Haven't been able to get hold of Mary.  Will get a picture as soon as I can.

Presume you are now in the East so am sending this in care of the Bureau.

All join with me in sending kindest regards to yourself and wife, with hope that we will have the pleasure of meeting her in the near future.

Sincerely yours
[[Signature of John H. Cobb]]

P.S.:--Sent the November number to you at Washington.  Wedding will be in the December issue.  Will send copy to you. 
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