Manuscripts/Mixed Material Journal by Alexander Graham Bell, from November 7, 1901 to April 29, 1902
1901, Nov. 21
Thursday At 1331 Conn. Ave.
EXTRACT OF LETTER FROM A.G.B. TO M.G.B.
“Beinn Bhreagh Laboratory,
Nov. 7. 1901
................Did any one tell you of the awful time we had last week with Susie McCurdy. It was last Saturday I think that Daisy called me while I was in the bath-tub to come and help Susie. Daisy had tried to take a plaster cast of Susie's face — and could not get the plaster mask off. She had soaped Susie's face, I understand, to prevent the plaster from sticking, and had then poured plaster on leaving two small holes at the nostrils to breath through. After letting the thin shell of plaster set and harden she then poured on more plaster to strengthen the mask until poor Susie had a mass of plaster several inches thick over her face — and then it was discovered that Susie's eye-brows and eye-lashes were firmly embedded in plaster — and that the mould adhered to her face in several places. How long they had been working over it before I was called — I do not know — but when I arrived on the scene — there was Susie on her back on a sofa — helpless with a mass of plaster weighing several pounds completely covering her face — and apparently as hard as stone. It went under her chin also up to her neck — decidedly dangerous. She had been crying and her nostrils were beginning to be plugged up.