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[[printed letterhead]]
Hôtel du Chemin de Fer
Buitenzorg
JAVA
Buitenzorg, le
[[/printed letterhead]]

2nd March '07

[[note in pencil]] for Miss Rhoades consideration [[/note in pencil]]

Dear Colonel Hecker,

Your cablegram advising me of the death of Will McMillan reached me on arrival at Batavia, day before yesterday.  It's dreadfully sad news and I am quite upset by it.  Mr. Gillet, Gen'l Alger and now Will - all such close and old-time friends and business associates gone since I left Detroit.  It unnerves one, so far away.  Their deaths mean vacancies never to be filled and changes socially and in business which I dread thinking of.  I hope neither of the three suffered severely before going. 
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