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p17

Readsboro, Vt
12/13/23

Dear "Didaraw"
      I wrote ma some time ago and mentioned something about the receipt of $66.00 on the note.  Maybe she didn't say anything about it.  When I got the receipt, it made me feel as good as if it was a check for the same amount.   Say I'm allowing you folks 50% on those potatoes.  It's worth it to dig and market them.
       I heard you was at (there are about 8 words missing here) State Road.  A couple of fellers and myself are layed off for a couple days till they start concreting.  I'm going to get a motor, at least it's promised to me.  They are going to work 8 hr. shifts.  Three shifts and 24 hours--that's how I happen to get a motor. Clarence Bell is going to get one too.  I fished about 2 cords driftwood out of the river and my neighbor Eugène Piantoni cut it up for me.  He has a little gasoline saw.  Coal is something almost unheard of.  All they get here is hard coal at $24.00 per ton.
       I had my family to North Adams, Massachusetts last Sat. 8th. We went to the dentist, to the studio and a Woolsworth 5 & 10.  North Adams is about three times as big Dubois.  About all the business around here consists of power plants and paper mills.  There is a chair factory in Readsboro.  Nothing very exciting happens here, Oh the niggers shoot each other up once in a while.  That's all. This is the spruce tree country.  We are going to have a spruce tree for Xmas.  Well, maybe I won't wait so long till I write again.
Lou.

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