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|Transcription||[Three Leaf Clover in green at top left hand corner of page] St. Patrick's Rectory Fall River, Mass. May 6 1917 My dear Miss Workman: "None so busy as those who have nothing to do", seems very true in my particular case. I should have answered your very interesting letter long ago. I enjoyed it immensely. Next time I shall manifest my appreciation by a more prompt response. I have been trying to do some lecturing, a bit of writing, and a whole lot of Parish work. The latter is the most important part of my present existence, and one ac-quainted with a real live Fall River Parish this means work, both manual and mental. I have often thought, during the past Winter, that the members of Brownson House must have spent a long time thinking about what would be the most apt souvenir before they presented that umbrella. Certainly, nothing has made me realise more that I am away from the sunshine and flowers. Every time I go out that Brownson House friend goes with me, and a wonderful intimacy has sprung up between us. This morning, though it is already nearing the end of Spring, the rain, hail and sleet are intermittent-ly pouring down upon us. My chum stands in the cor-nersmiling and seeming to say to me, "Never mind, though you miss Los Angeles, you've got me", and we both drown our sorrows beneath the above elements, singing, "We Love You California", and hoping that some day we may be able to change the tune to, "We're going back to California". Last week I was in New York and tried hard to reach Mrs. Furman. I called several times and not finding her at home either time, I left my address, which was the Prince George Hotel. I was very sorry as I was in high hopes of having a little talk on things Californian. I shall try again next time I am in the big city. I read a notice in the late number of the Char-ities Review about the Mexican Mutual Welfare League. It strikes me as a wonderful enterprise, filled with prodigious possibilities. It must be kept out of the hands of politicians and other intriguers. The paper especially must be watched. Is it not wonderful to have those people so interested in their own advance-ment. Half the problem is ordinarily solved when people are convinced of their needs and are ready to co-operate. This is beautiful testimonial to Brownson House.|