September 4 Friday – N.Y.C.: Sam’s notebook: “Went aboard the Kanawha 6 p.m. Lay off E. 23d st” [NB 46 TS 23].
September 5 Saturday – Fairhaven, Mass: Sam’s notebook: “Sailed at dawn. / Arrived at Fairhaven early in the afternoon, 8 1/4 hours out / Billiards” [NB 46 TS 23].
George Gregory Smith wrote to Sam of the difficulties faced in trying to lease the Villa Papiniano from the Barlow “girls,” who he described as “impossible” to deal with and as “undigested old maids.” Smith had gone so far as to notify his lawyer to prepare a lease for the Papiniano, which was given for signature to the Misses Barlow’s agent, and agreed to forward one half of the lease amount as insisted upon. He then wrote:
Imagine my disgust on being coolly told that the Misses Barlow were afraid that you were bringing a whole cargo of contagious diseases into the Villa, besides children enough to stock an orphan asylum, and that under any conditions she would only let Papiniano for 6 months from the 1st of November, and for the sum of 4,500 lire. Her agent washed his hands of the whole business and turned me over to deal directly with the Misses Barlow…
Smith then suggested two other possibilities: the Villas Miravalle and La Luna [Orth 35-6].
September 6 Sunday – Sam spent the day with the Rogers family in Fairhaven, Mass. [NB 46 TS 23].
September 7 Monday – Sam’s notebook: “Sailed for New York 2 p.m.” [NB 46 TS 23].
September 8 Tuesday – Gustaf H. Ander wrote to Sam from NYC. Out of work and planning to start a business of some sort, Ander asked for an illustration he might use in his business. English was clearly not his first language [MTP].
Melville Elijah Stone (1848-1929) for Associated Press wrote to Sam (at his old address 14 W. 10th) inviting him to their banquet on Wed. evening, Sept. 16 and to make “a few remarks on any subject that may seem proper….There will be present a copule of hundred of the leading newspapermen of the United
States” [MTP]. Note: Stone was the founder in 1876 of the Chicago Daily News, the first Chicago penny newspaper. He became general manager of the reorganized Associated Press in 1893. Under Stone’s leadership it became a great news agency. See ca. Sept 10.
September 9 Wednesday
September 10 Thursday
September 10 ca. – In N.Y.C. Sam wrote a few lines on the bottom on Melville Elijah Stone’s Sept. 8 invitation (above) and sent it to H.H. Rogers. “I’m accepting. When I see you Monday [Sept. 13] morning (for I’m coming back on Sunday [Sept. 14] ) tell me if you can go & if it will pay you to go”[MTP]. Note: a case of bronchitis
delayed Sam’s return to N.Y.C. for one week until Sept. 20. See Sept. 18 to Rogers.
September 11 Friday – At 8 a.m. from the Grosvenor Hotel in N.Y.C., Sam wrote to Frederick A.
I am leaving for Elmira, N.Y. I shall be back again next Monday morning.
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.