|Catalog Number||1986.06.14 a-c|
|Title||DONT THINK IM CRIPPELD BILL|
|Object Name||Letter, Illustrated|
|Artist||Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)|
Charlie and Nancy Russel visited his father's home in Stuart, Florida. Outings included a trip to nearby Palm Beach where, among other activities, Russell took a ride in a bicycle-powered rickshaw that he eloquently termed a "hook worm wagon," presumably in reference to the feelings of queasiness it induced.
The message, in sepia reads: "Apral 2, 1913 / Dont think Im crippeld Bill I took in Palm beach the other day an this is a hook worm wagon Im riding[.] Judging from feelings i got the worm all right[.] / the Beach is pritty quiet most of the Millionares have gon north[.] of corse that makes it lonsum for me so I cut my visit short[.] (p.2) / there is a couple of hotels around here in size an shape that resemble Sun river sqaure butte / they onley charge $50 a day for rooms with a bath[.] of corse you furnish your own toweles verry reasinable[.] God still ownes the ocean so I took my bath their[.] the hotel grub is fair but dont compare with the table that Bill Warde set up at his Shelby Hotel[.] / I aint saying nothing agin the Rainbow but Ward will never run another feed joint like that one in dear old Shelby where he got his start. no one that ever fed there can forget it / with best wishes to all pals / Your Friend / CM Russell."