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Catalog Number 1986.06.19 a-c
Object Name Letter, Illustrated
Artist Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)
Medium Watercolor/Ink/Paper
Date 1918
Notes While Russell wrote this letter to his good friend Bill Rance to thank him for "all the good things" that the proprietor of the Silver Dollar had sent to Glacier Park, the bulk of the text and the two illustrations related to an excursion that he and Nancy had taken to Alberta earlier in the summer.

The message, in sepia ink, reads: "Lake McDonald / Sept 14 1918 / Friend Bill we received all the good things all right and are surtenly thankful[.] we were up at Lethbridge a while back and had a fine time[.] everyone up there were mighty good and this stampeed was some show[.] I met Frank Shanks and Steam Boat Bill and naturly after shaking hands we looked for something to lean agin[.] the best we could do was a soft drink joint[.] / this dump was almost as churful as OConners an Georges place but it was shy the flower[.] it would looked better if the bar slave wore white gloves with the back bar decked with candles[.] Slam Boat took near beer but said it wasent mean enough[.] they has mean sigars so me and Shanks took grape juce[.] we had seviral repeters but non of us seemed to brighten up. I could have drank more but I dident see no life presurvers in this joint an I cant swim[.] so we bid the bar keep a sad farwell and left me with the Hecups and all of us water loged from the short ribs down[.] (p.2) / well Bill old Fifteen two and Pete Van have chashed in and backed out of the game[.] Tom Grady to told me he crossed the range once in a dream and every thing was wide open an if Tom was right Fifteen wont be lonsum and there will be plenty of Petes kind playing so neather one of them will be strangers / with best whishes to you and the bunch / Your friend / CM Russell."
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