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1961 Nov 05, 1 p. no env. Letter to Brother “Today I wept. Living out of 1 suitcases and one foot locker for 4 ½ months got me down. Living is just too tough here;” all the office secretaries had been given new furniture but Mary is left out and is forced to make repairs and clean on her own.
1961 Nov 06, 1 p. no env. Letter to Mary from Frances [Kapitzky] Is writing before heading to India; is terminating her term in office as the President of the National Women’s Guild; discusses her itinerary to India, china, and Japan; friend and family news.
1961 Nov 15, 1 p. no env. Letter to Brother Is having troubles with General Service men because they are uneducated nationals; “There is no price tag on anything. The clerk doesn’t know how much it is--the manager doesn’t know. They hunt in the books, they can’t find it. They could charge it if you insist you want it.”
1961 Nov 15, 1 p. no env. Letter to Brother Figures her temper tantrum she had over having only old furniture must have gotten around because she heard she’ll be getting new furniture later; At the F.A.O. conference in Rome, “the Sec. of Agr. sent my counterpart to the joint comm. meeting which is a high echelon govt. meeting of the highest L. Govt. (Liberian Government) and I.C.A. officials. She came back and gave the 4-H man and I a blow by blow report. She is a power house.”
1961 Nov 16, 1 p. no env. Letter to Brother Finally heard that her personal effects were shipped out of Turkey in October; might hire a boy to clean house; discusses prices, everything is more expensive in Liberia.
1961 Nov 17, 1 p. no env. Letter to Brother Discusses the difficulties in foreign service and tells a story about how a manager of an apartment was forced to move the tenants out for a VIP who came in town, the tenants were forced to move up country and when they came back their personal items were outside left out in the rainy season for weeks; “U.S. should make adults serve in Foreign Service like they make young people serve in the armed forces. It’s unbelievable.”
1961 Nov 22, 1 p. no env. Letter to Brother Get’s a hardship allowance; program has turned to A.I.D; hasn’t had a mission director since she came to Liberia; is having a hard time since the President of the Ivory Coast is there and it holds up traffic; has a houseboy now that she only wants around for 2 hours, 3 evenings a week; Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip are in town so she figures she won’t be able to get around to work.
1961 Nov 24, 1 p. no env. Letter to Brother Mentioned that she feels the cultural shock is lost after about 3-4 months; writes about the folk she receives letters from.
1961 Nov 27, 1 p. no env. Letter to Brother Finally went to the beach, “The nicest place is E.L.W.A. the private beach of the church supported radio station;” the Director of the mission had called them in and said the policy of the new Administration was to concentrate in a few areas only in one mission, “The word in Liberia was to put all effort on Education first and public adm. second and to call off Agr. and Roads.” they won’t be dropped until June; wonders if she’ll be going on permanent home leave; heard that they might be kept in Liberia but switched over to different departments.
1961 Nov 28, 1 p. no env. Letter to Brother Spent some time with a Dr. Florence Brown; went to the U.S.O.M. to watch a movie with her. “We were late but it was the Trapp Family Story musicians and a terrific picture. After that we were to watch the tribal devil dancers. They were terrible and I got tired and we came home.”