3 place of rest! — so be careful of it — for I value it above all other things — and let it be as bright and clear and beautiful when I come to claim it — as when I saw it last. Yes Mabel you are indeed my pearl — and a whole one too — and you must try to take care of yourself for my sake. It is well for me that Master Charlie has returned to Ingersoll. Were he here with his “model love-letter” to parade before my eyes — I should probably startle you with a stiff & stately letter commencing “Dear Miss Mabel” — and ending “Yours truly — A. Graham Bell” — though perhaps “truly yours” would be more to the point! However he has gone — and only the ghost of his ridicule hovers over me to deter me from saying to you just what I want.
( Do you know — I was nearly drowned this morning! — and in the most ridiculous sort of way too! That is I would have been drowned had I not swam ashore! I went down to the river to bathe with my Uncle Edward at seven o'clock this morning. Uncle Edward is my mother's brother, and bears an astonishing likeness to her. Well — we were swimming along famously — I — in front — Uncle a little behind — when I looked back — and was so overcome with a ludicrous idea that I could not swim for laughter! For there I saw my mother's face sticking up out of the water with a huge beard upon it! I laughed till the tears ran down my cheeks — I laughed till my head went under water — I laughed under