New Germany, N.S.,
July 29, 1909
It seems only the other night that I wrote you, but here it is Thursday night again. The days are quite long now in the good old summer time but when one is busy they pass quite rapidly and are hardly long enough for all he has to do. I imagine you are sweltering in the heat down there now. It is pretty hot here and would be uncomfortably so if it were not for the winds which unceasingly blow. The nights now are almost ideal with the large moon and their refreshing coolness. It seems almost a waste to spend them in sleep. But with the windows up and a nice breeze blowing through it is a fine time for somnolence. The baby enjoys them as well as we do. Sometimes he sleeps all night without waking up and never wakes up more than once and after he is satisfied he goes right off to sleep again. He is a wonderfully good baby and very regular in his habits. Bonnie thinks he is too good but he is growing and getting fat on it. He becomes more interesting every day and smiles quite often these days. We had him out visiting with us last evening. He likes to ride so well, he never opens his mouth when out driving and he is even better away from home than he is at home. Tomorrow morning he will be six weeks old. We want to try to get him weighed then and see how much he has grown.
I see from The Lutheran that you have been having a Summer Normal Sunday School with large attendance and some noted speakers at Lenoir College. I notice Dr. Fox was among the latter. I would like to see him again. He must be showing his age considerably by this time. I also noticed
in the same paper the death of the Rev. Allen Arndt. I was sorry to hear of it. Last Thursday we had our semi-annual meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Bethany Orphans’ Home. Supt. Stevens placed his resignation to take effect the 1st of August. It was accepted and now the Home is in worse condition than ever. He ran behind on current expenses during the year $496 including $25 interest now due. This is the result of the scheme of running the Home on a cheaper basis. I doubt is we will ever have it on as fine a basis as it was when Herbert had charge of it. As it is now we have only the matron in charge, a woman of limited education and intelligence and a young man who has been engaged to run the farm. It will be impossible to get a minister to take charge again, as it is next to impossible to get ministers here to fill the vacant parishes. Bridgewater is still vacant – save for the student supply – and now Mahone Bay is also without a pastor.
I bought my hay today – 2 tons and a half at $14 per ton. As the hay crop is very light this year the price was not out of the way. I will now have more than enough to last me the next twelve months. Next week I will be away nearly all week. I expect to begin catechising in Newburn and will probably stay over there till Wednesday, and on Thursday we will have our Orphans’ Home picnic at the Home. I wanted Bonnie to go with me down there, but she thinks she can’t on account of the baby. Wentzells Lake will take place Sept. 2. We have not succeeded in getting a speaker for that occasion, but the Rev. Behrns will probably fill the bill. Some of my cantaloupes are doing nicely and the rest of my garden looks fine. But Bonnie is waiting for me to go to bed. So good night. She says she intends to write to you soon.
Most Sincerely yours,
[signed] Carroll H. Little