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121 6 Maui Summer July 17–August 30, 1891 July 17, 1891, Kawaiahao Seminary My Lover, I have been getting my outfit for my Maui expedition. I hope nothing will happen to make it fall through. I am to ride astride and have made myself a dress for the occasion. It is the kind of cloth that overalls are made of only it is pretty for it is a fine stripe of brown and blue. There is a blouse waist and a full skirt rather short. I did not make a divided skirt because I have to wear the dress in camp and as well as on horseback and there are some men in the party. I have had heavy soles put on an old pair of shoes. I bought also a long-wristed pair of chamois-skin gloves. My hat is a broad brimmed black straw, tied under my chin by a ribbon and with a veil about the rim to keep from burning. Each one carries her wardrobe behind her on the saddle. I have a big piece of black oil cloth for the purpose. It will contain an extra dress, pair of shoes, underclothing, etc. Our provisions and blankets are carried on pack animals. July 19—One needs more dresses here than they do at home and so many times last year I would go to my closet and have nothing fresh to put on to go out anywhere. My dresses would either be in the wash or half dirty or all shrunken up with washing and unsuitable to put on without many stitches put in them first. I have been trying to remedy that difficulty by getting the goods I had on hand made up. I have made a white, a muslin and a cambric dress which are good additions and perhaps after I come back, will have time for another dress. You don’t need very nice dresses but you need plenty of them or you are in a pickle half the time. At home for most of the year if you have a good school dress and a good church dress you are all right. It must be the same with the men here for most of them wear white duck or linen much of the time—still light weight woolen is the usual dress for them. I am afraid you will hardly appreciate this dissertation on dress but it’s a problem that takes time and thought and so I must let you know what I am doing and thinking. 122 AN AMERICAN GIRL To change the subject, since I see by your face you have had enough of this. Miss Pope brought back Miss McLennan principal of Makawao with her and Tuesday I return with her to Maui. Miss Pope’s ankle was very bad indeed. She suffers much pain with it, but I was glad of one new experience it gave me. I did all the business for her that had accumulated during her absence, paid all the monthly and some of the quarterly bills—over $300 worth. It was a new experience going around to all these places of business with my bag of money. I collected three bills too. I couldn’t begin to tell you all the experiences I have had in this vacation but I am very glad I had the chance to learn so much. I couldn’t have had the chance in a school at home probably in many years—sickness, company, housework, marketing, cooking , children, authority over large girls, money, and business. I don’t suppose I will write again till I reach Maui but in every experience I shall wish you with me, unless it be the sea-sickness. July 23, 1891, Makawao Seminary My Carl, Here I am, dearie, 2000 ft. above the level of the sea on the sides of Haleakala. Behind us rises the mountain whose long upper edge is usually hidden by clouds, below us is a long gentle slope to the sea which is 7 miles away yet looks only two. It is very cool and quiet and restful. The mail had come in early and I had your precious letters in my bag. In the afternoon by the time I had packed my valise, telescope and oil cloth it was about time to be off. At 5 o’clock we were aboard the Likelike [4 syllables ]. I felt half sick all the afternoon in anticipation of...

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ISBN
9780824837228
Related ISBN
9780824836276
MARC Record
OCLC
821735443
Launched on MUSE
2012-09-21
Language
English
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