I want to get my correspondence fairly in hand before I go away tomorrow night. Weather beautifully bright and springlike so Maud and I feeling we must have some decent plain food at the end of our walk look in on the Windermere Hotel and have our lunch there — quite a good one! So nice indeed that we make further enquiries about rooms and decide on the spur of the moment to spend our last 10 days in Chicago at the Windermere Hotel — a most fateful decision involving the necessity of telling the Elms people we are going to forsake them for their rivals!
In the evening I tackle the letter to Mrs Hobbes and dictate a long screed to Maud who types it down. If I can lick it into shape tomorrow morning and get it off to England before I leave it will be a great weight off my mind. Look through the Hobbes letter after breakfast. Find it passably good after a few verbal alterations, sufficiently severe as however to necessitate re-typing. This Maud does in the course of the morning and the letter is posted triumphantly by lunch time — I send a copy to Glenn to whom I happen to be writing at the time. I finish off a good deal of correspondence in the morning and also finish my packing for the move and for what I want to take with me to Minneapolis to-night.
Go out for half an hour before lunch to get some of the nice fresh soft air which is as balm after what we have had to breath in the last 6 weeks. The thaw is progressing at a great rate but so long as one wears galoshes it is quite possible to get about. Maud and I hire a motor to take me to the station and we leave at 5.
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I drop her at Randolph Station as she is going to Evanston to take the classes and then go on to N. Station and catch the 6. Eat the usual very high priced and nasty dinner in the dining car and then to bed — lower berth for a change now that I am by myself!
Arrive Minneapolis up to time — 7. I recognize her when I see her as the lady we once had to tea at Adelaide Road!
We taxi to her house — a very nice one — and I have breakfast with her. Then retire to have a bath, shave and clean myself up. Afterwards we go out for a walk and a talk. Weather still delightfully warm even here where a few days ago it was 40 below zero! Rather a stupid audience but I think my appeal may bear some fruit. He is the son of Colin Hunter the artist and knows the Fords and other of my Kensington friends.
He is a young architect of parts and we had a very pleasant chat together. To bed, very tired.
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After breakfast play some of my recent accompaniments to Miss B[outelle] who admires Barbara Allen exceedingly. Then we go down and call at the Bellman office where I first meet Mr Bellow a young and rather nice University man and then Mr Edgar the proprietor. Take to the latter very readily more especially when he said that American opinion as to Northcliffe coincide with mine viz that he was a bounder! Find Purcell is a passenger though I do not meet him until the morrow.
Glad to turn in even to a railway bed, I am so dead tired. Have a long talk with Purcell at breakfast. The fool of a taxi-man took me half round Chicago trying to find my hotel so that I did not arrive till Maud was out taking a class so I did not see her till after I had bathed and shaved.
Our new rooms are a great improvement on those at the Elms. We stroll out before lunch and I get a new pipe. We sit on a seat facing the lake and let the strong but soft wind blow over us — it was just lovely. After lunch have a long sleep which I wanted very badly — and then to correspondence — Miss de Long , Miss Boutelle and Constance etc. Have a nice quiet dinner and so to bed fairly early. In the morning directly after an early breakfast go off with Maud to Hull House to take classes from A regular Settlement kind of place.
Miss Boyd rather stiff with me but whether from pride or shyness I know not.
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Students dance fairly well but not up to very much. In the evening Maud and I dine at the Auditorium and then go to the Physical Training place to take the 3-h[ou]r classes They were at Stratford in Return with Mrs Collien pretty well baked about 11p. After the lecture we have a general dance but not very many girls join in as they are all getting ready for a party of their own in the evening. We get home about 4. I wrote out a lot more tunes before and after dinner.
Weather quite warm and we get very thirsty so go downstairs and have fruit lemonade in the Tiffin room.
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This Hotel is quite comfortable and the food good, but of course as usual in American Hotels, locks, taps, latches, blinds etc are all out of order! Peg away at my tunes after rather a late breakfast. I have now written out nearly airs and the end is in sight. Maud as usual a good way behind me! The more I see of Mrs Collin the better I like her. We met Mrs Kendal and her mother there. The latter is a fiery garrulous, not unpleasant old lady very suffragetty and anti-English and wanted to fight me and would have done had I been on!
They came up to our rooms afterwards and we talked and argued very pleasantly till pretty late in the day about I like them both but they have no very wide vision. In England we would class them as "Garden City". But at any rate they talk with soft voices which is something to be thankful for.
Weather very much warmer, inclined towards rain. Write letters and tunes in the morning. After lunch and a rest go down to Hull House where I lecture on folk-dancing. Have a long talk with Miss Boyd afterwards who opened out more than she did last week. We took a taxi to the N. Western station where we had tea, I taking 6 train to Evanston.
Had dinner at Jones Restaurant — rather better than usual — then take 2-hour class, teaching Bonny Brown, Newcastle and Picking up Sticks. I got back to the hotel at midnight very tired of course.
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Thank Goodness I have only one more Evanston trip to make on Wednesday week. Very tired when I wake up after a ridiculously warm night.
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A real muggy rainy day such as we frequently have in London in February. The mountains of snow have all but disappeared. Maud went off early to Hull House.
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After dinner I dictate a long letter to Kittredge suggesting a publication scheme. Weather getting colder again and weather man says we shall have 22 degrees of frost to-night.
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