Queen's Hill, Kotagiri, Nilgiris, India: June 26, 1926. pp., typed on plain folio sheets. Old folds, minor wear. Very good. Item #4568
An informative and entertaining correspondence by Kate M. French, written while serving as a missionary teacher at the Preston Institute in Jangaon, India. Writing to "Friends at Home," French opens by reporting that the school year started well "except for two of the boys whose mother was ill with Plague" (the mother subsequently died). French also mentions students getting stung by scorpions, a cobra snake killed by the headmaster of the school, making valentines for the entire school on Valentine's Day, and much more. French also recounts the comings-and-goings of various officials to her mission, writes in detail about her attendance at a "teachers' institute" (composed of teachers from "the American Methodist, the English Wesleyan, the American Mennonites, and our own"), details the school's commencement at the end of the term, and more. The local plague is mentioned several times in French's letter. She mentions her own inoculation against the plague. She also records that "before long we learned that there had been several deaths from plague in our town. We had nearly all our Christians innoculated some time before and Mrs. Rutherford at once had the stragglers attended to, those who had fever when the doctor was innoculating, and one or two who were not very strong and would only be done if the disease came near." Shortly thereafter, French notes that "people are leaving town on account of the plague." An interesting letter from an American woman teaching at a mission in India in the midst of the Roaring Twenties.