July 24, 1918.
I am quite late in getting around to writing you this week, but I have many good excuses. I preached at Brantford Sunday and didn’t get home till nearly noon. Then I had to help in finishing up the weekly work. After that I had work to do in my garden. In the evening Pastor and Mrs. Zinck were around and yesterday morning I got up at 5:30 to go trout-fishing with Pastor Weidenhammer and Pastor Schmieder in the former’s Tin Lizzy. We had a fine day though quite hot, and had quite a successful fishing trip. We caught 66 trout and would have caught more, but Pastor Schmieder found the life too strenuous and was lacking in perseverance. He caught only 6 of the 66. I caught 20 or more and Pastor Weidenhammer the rest. We will have a good mess of them for dinner to-day. It was about 9:30 when we got back home last night. Mrs. Maurer came yesterday and will be with us for a week or so while Pastor Maurer is attending the Agricultural College at Guelph. I think he will also be here to-morrow night. We are having exceedingly hot weather at present. Last Sunday the thermometer registered
94° here at Waterloo. In Brantford it was still hotter and reached 97. It is also becoming quite dry and is somewhat hard on our garden. We have lots of beans and Bonnie has been putting up some according to the Government regulations. Bonnie had a nice long letter from Mabel yesterday. She says she will be unable to pay us a visit this summer as you are all going to have a family reunion this summer and also because she wants to spend a part of her time with her invalid friend Miss Bidez. While we would be glad to have her, we relinquish all claims in view of the circumstances. To-morrow we are all planning to go on a visit to Pastor Voelker’s at Preston and spend the day. They have been wanting us to come for a long time. I am to preach in First English, Kitchener the coming Sunday. So I will likely be at home most of the time from this out. The following Sunday I will preach for Pastor Schmieder while Pastor Maurer will preach in my place in First English. I don’t know whom they will get as regular pastors. They may decide to call Pastor Maurer. I will be acting Pastor till they get one. I will go to Morrisburg to attend the Seminary Rally at Riverside on Aug. 28th at which I am to deliver an address in the interest of our Seminary and College. They have asked Rev. F.F. Fry of Rochester N.Y. to deliver an address and in case he declines they will try to get Rev. Murray. So Pastor Maurer writes me.
We have 14 tons of coal in the Seminary at present. This filled up the old bin which was entirely too small. I am having a new bin constructed which will hold about that much more. We ought to have room for 75 tons but the cellar is too small. I haven’t any coal for my own house yet though I put in my order in April and have paid for 5 or 6 tons. I think though that I will get it. But this winter will be harder in the fuel line than last winter was. The College and Seminary prospects appear as fair as one could expect under the circumstances. Pastor Zinck has not yet decided to accept the call extended to him. But as he hasn’t declined it, I am still in hopes that he will accept it. With him in charge of the College department we could expect to go ahead. Rev. Willison, who is second choice of the Board, would not be nearly so good a man for the position. But I must close and mail this. Wishing you health and happiness and every blessing, I am
Most Sincerely yours,
[signed] Carroll H. Little