Vol 3 Section 1086

1022                                                                        1904

“Italian With Grammar” ran in the Aug. issue of Harper’s Monthly [Camfield’s bibliog.].

The Plasmon Co. of America was nearly insolvent. John Hays Hammond was now the general manager of the company and took steps to revive things. From a 1910 decision on ensuing lawsuits:

To aid it, the defendant [Hammond] loaned it the sum of $10,000, to be repaid in thirty days, and took as security therefore a mortgage on all its property and assets. The mortgage was not authorized or ratified by the stockholders. The condition of the company did not improve. As is usual, lack of success bred dissension. The English company, the largest stockholder in the American company, protested against the mortgage. The defendant proposed a plan to reorganize the company and put in additional capital. That plan did not meet the approval of the other stockholders and the controversy became acute. Finally, at a stockholders’ meeting, on September 1st, 1904, a new board of directors was elected [Report of Cases Vol. 187 (1910): Ashcroft v. Hammond 491].

Sam sent an undated postcard picturing the Flatiron (Fuller) Building (see insert), which had been completed in 1902, to Hélène Elisabeth Picard. “I was thinking of securing this as a winter residence, but had to give up the idea, because the rent was higher than the house. SLC (C.S.)” [MTP]. Note: this is the likely year for such a note, but may have come any time after Sam signed the lease for “the house” at 21 Fifth Ave. on Aug. 17.

August 1 Monday – Sam arrived in New York and visited daughter Clara to disclose Jean’s accident. Clara then left Dr. Parry’s sanatorium and traveled to Lee, Mass. to visit

injured sister Jean. She would stay three days and leave just after Sam arrived on Aug. 4 [Hill 97].

Joseph Gaylord Gessford, photographer, wrote to Sam, gratified that Sam liked the proofs. Gessford had selected a few for the “Berkshire Topics” column in The Berkshire Gleaner, approved by Howard W. Coggeshall. He then listed prices of five to twenty dollars. “I suggest that you have all of these pictures finished in sepia unless you have a preference for the black and white” [MTP]. Note: Sam would object to having to pay for the photographs.

Hattie Lewis Paff in Sedalia, Mo. wrote a short note of condolence to Sam, who wrote on the env. “Hattie

Lewis” [MTP]. Note: Hattie was Livy’s cousin, who had been involved early on in Sam’s courting of Livy. See entries Vol. I.

Elizabeth S. Ward in Glouster, Mass. wrote a short note of condolence to Sam; she felt like she knew Livy from only one note rec’d when Sam was ill, about the anti-vivisection matter [MTP].

August 2 TuesdaySam was in New York City, likely staying at the Grosvenor Hotel.

Otto Spengler for Argus Pressclipping Bureau sent a form letter to Sam, enclosing an article (not in the file) “certainly of interest to you,” and solicting they might serve him with others [MTP].

SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.