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C0urier—Jean Hollins at left
Nurse—Gertrude Isaacs at right
Golden Retriever—Lizzie
All three cover pliotographs taken by
Nancy Dammann of Chicago
Published Quarterly by the Frontier Nursing Service, Lexington, Ky.
Subscription Price $1.00 Per Year
"Entered as second class matter June 30, 1926, ut the Post Office at Lexington, Ky.,
under Act of March 3, 1879."
Copyright, 1949, Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.

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 u l `°_,    V: A Blue Grass Belle
  (Illustrated by Rose Evans) Lucille Kuechtly 6
  y  Beyond the Mountains 40
  _   Bi-mgmg in the Hay _
5 Keg; (Photograph) Inside Front Cover
    Commit Thy Way Eva M. Gilbert 37
  Christmas Reveries Edith L. Marsh 3
‘ »   Field Notes 58
* V~   Frontier Graduate School
· (Photograph) Inside Back Cover
g Getting Ready for Christmas Peggy Brown 4
y In Memoriam 28
it Lines Written in a Country Church Peuzauce 2
if Masque of the Merrie Months 57
( · Memoirs by Michael Betty Scott 15
Old Courier News 9
Old Staff News 19
Rider on the Mountains A Book Review 24
The Research Project Ella Woodyard 25
As We Go to Press 56
Boston Breakfast Seventy-Seven
Years Ago MacDonald 56
I Heard a Bird Sing Verse 8
Just Jokes—Children 18
  Just Jokes—Opinions 18
  , Lucille Martin and Doll Photograph 70
4 Observation (A Cartoon) Phyllis Benson 39
Old Courier and Her Children A Photograph 23
` Sleep Cyrus and Job 27
Two of Our Children A Photograph 76
F True Tales R. R. ‘ 5
Valley of the Middlefork (Verse) Carolyn Booth 36

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Our Lady in her garden LI
has gaThered balm and rue
The hearTsease and The marigold
and larl· ` ‘
  ` "must I be here!" Pret- f`
  ty soon I learned.
  An awfully nice woman who always wears blue started riding
  me, and now rides me most every day. She brought me to a big
ff barn where there is only one other horse. She always puts
if things on my back for me to carry, and seems so_ proud when
il I take her quickly and carefully over the paths. She brings me
i apples and carrots and sometimes feeds me candy.
  { f` The Ether night when I
Q was stan ing, thinking about
    _    all these strange new things,
gi \  yi lp;) something more strange hap-
“ . l :, M pened. My woman in blue
\ in  I   H came out and I could tell she
`»~. Qllflw was in an awful hurry. She
wg]   spoke to me in a firm voice,
. t and I decided I had better
  zi? `    ,<;·i"zi`; ,9 not protest about going out
_ (zz;     1n the dark. But I couldn’t
,~  \ xi   understand! We traveled fast
 iF re. < ,., · . ‘ over the paths, but I was
  i careful not to stumble.
  When my woman in blue Hnally let me stop I noticed we

Q were at the little house where I had been bringing her most i.
§ every day for quite sometime. My woman in blue was acting  
E very strange. She left a worried—looking man to hitch me, and  
  she didn’t even wait to give me an affectionate pat! And I had  
  been so brave and good and quick! ,  
  I stood and stood, and wondered and wondered. She had {Q
never left me so long before. It was getting daylight when I ’
V heard a funny noise coming from the little house. It startled  
me, but the man came out—this time looking very happy—and  
  petted me and gave me a drink, and I decided whatever that  
  funny noise was, it must have been all right. i
  I still waited. Finally my woman in blue came out, looking  
l very tired but mighty pleased  ,
  C:) about something. She whis-  
  (   pered in my ear, "We caught  
’ ji Ig,\ \   a lovely baby b0y." _  Q
’   - _ `_ il Now I don’t know what a  
Q `  }"‘f~'7‘, _ , / } lovely baby boy is, but it must  l
\ ~     be something pretty important,  `
 ,1·{,,_’__.!\ ,   and I gathered I must have g  r‘
A " Y.? `   ’ ` ` had something to do with this  
l (   one.  _
. ‘ I As I took my woman in  ‘
I ”,,,,\_ wh lm / __ blue home, I somehow felt  .
mighty proud and pleased. I  -
wished I could let my gentleman master know what an impor-  .,
tant horse I am; and that I am glad he let me come to the hills  
to be, what my woman in blue calls me, her trusty district horse.  i
I heard a bird sing . i  
In the dark of December * 
A magical thing V
And sweet to remember  
"We are nearer to spring  
Than we were in September," I
I heard a bird sing  I
In the dark of December.  i
—Contributed.  .

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{  From Susan Spencer in Minocqua, Wisc011sin——September 6, 1949
’ You probably are wondering if we ever came back from
  England. At times we really didn’t want to, but we managed to
ie} make the Queen Elizabeth the end of July and landed in New
{ York during the practically continuous hot spell we seem to
  be enjoying. Then after mad arrangement of baggage the cara-
  van set out across "the plains" which were even hotter. Didn’t
  get here until the middle of August.
  Our trip was wonderful on all accounts. You know how
  unusual the weather has been in England, but that was all to
_  V the good for the visitors. Because we decided to stay in as many
  country places as possible, we met quite a few delightful Eng-
 . lish people from whom we learned a great deal in after dinner l
 ‘ talks.
 .- Our first day on_the road we drove from Southampton by
  way of Portsmouth along the southern coast then up to Tun-
  bridge Wells. The exclamations which came from our station
 { wagon over the lovely hedges by the roadside, well-kept gar-
 , dens, jolly rosy-cheeked children and on and on! Both South-
 . ampton and Portsmouth received some of the biggest doses of
 j bombing. In fact, nearly the entire shopping section of South-
  ampton was wiped out. The part of London aroimd St. Paul’s
 i and north is flattened so that you can see for three blocks and
 oi j more at a time. Ferns are growing in the cellar holes and the
§‘ people of the city are trying to aid nature by planting gardens
  in some of the sites.
j Our eight days in London did not half satisfy us. Mother
l saw friends She hasn’t seen since 1932. They took us to their
  country club outside London where we played tennis on a marvel-
  ous grass course and drank tea in the pleasantest garden you
g could End anywhere. Clutie, Mary, the two friends who went »
 j with us, and I managed to get to church at Westminster Abbey.
,  One of the oilicials conducted us to a seat in the choir facing
  the altar where we could see everything and enjoy it much
4¤  more than if we had been sitting way back in the nave.

I `\
  From London our route took us to Cambridge and Ely,  
i Lincoln, York, Durham, and best of all to Leeds and the Brays.  
  Alison’s good training in the F.N.S. must have helped her in  1
 * giving me instructions, for we found their house, which is not E',
I on the main road by any means, with no trouble. Many dogs  
greeted us and later came to tea. Every one of us decided if ll
i we were to live in England it would be a house like the Bray’s V
I we’d want. They even have the most impressive bathroom made i
l from the air raid shelter! Alison certainly is busy and looks  
Q very well. Of course, she and I got going on Wendover, I giving ,
  her the news from our visit in April. Mrs. Bray is without a  
. doubt the most delightful person, and Mother had a field day  
  visiting with her. She was so worried about how we were faring  
2 on their food that when we left she put a package in the car.  
Q That is the unbelievable thing about the English——even though _`
~ they have been living on relatively nothing for the past ten  
' years, still their hospitality won’t be extinguished. And the {
gratefulness for the simple food packages we send makes you  
wish that all Americans realized how much they need them. 'Ll
I’m afraid I could go on all night but will just have to save {
it for a later letter and for next spring. We went on up to Edin-  
burgh, through the Highlands to Inverness, back by the Cale-  
donian Canal and through the English lake country. From there 1
to North Wales, the Cotswolds, Devon, Cornwall and back to {
Southampton. I feel as if I could write a book, but this trip °
· taught us that you can’t see England in one six week’s trip, :&
so we know we must go back soon.  
From Fanny Mcllvain in Downingtown, Pennsylvania l l
October 28, 1949   4
A few weeks ago Joan McClellan sailed for Europe again if
with one of my dogs and we had an F.N.S. reunion in New York » 
with Alice Ford, Wini Saxon, Vanda, and Doris Sinclair. It was  i
grand seeing them all again, particularly Wini whom I hadn’t  ’;
seen for years. Do you remember Heidi Chapman who was a Q
courier with Elinor Butt'? She and her husband live near us  
and I have seen her several times recently.  

  Faonrimn Nunsme smavrcn 11
  From Mrs. Robert A. Lawrence (Pat Perrin) in Swampscott,
  Massachusetts—October 21, 1949
  I assure you the F.N.S. is often in my mind and the Bulletin
  always transplants me from here to there and enables me to
  relive the good times enjoyed while with all of you. In a way
"{ we have brought Kentucky to Boston in our planning for the
Ruth Draper benefit performance to be held on January sixth,
i the proceeds going to the F.N.S. Although the time has been
  spent mainly for business there have been snatches of conver-
i sations about when this or that person was there and what
i has happened since. There is no doubt that the whole affair
  will be a great success with two such drawing cards as Ruth
ii Draper and the Frontier Nursing Service.
. From Adele 0. Dellenbaugh in Rochester, New York
Q —October 13, 1949
  This summer when I was in England, I ran into a girl who _
i, is studying nursing at Oxford. She hopes to come to America
y, in several years and was most interested in the F.N.S.
  I can’t see how anyone can go to Europe without having a
{ wonderful time. Enough said about how I feel about my eleven
;_ weeks overseas. Landed in Italy, dashed through Switzerland,
  gaping at the incredible mountains as I went. Then two weeks
° in and around Paris, which I found just as enchanting as it is
3 reputed to be. Four weeks in England and Scotland seen via
I cycles and hitching on lorries were glorious. We were told by
Q. the oldest inhabitants that they had never seen such a dry sum-
Y mer. Fortunately for us. Only drowned twice. Then a week in
  Monte Carlo and back to Italy for my boat. How I hated to
p come back, particularly as I had just been invited to spend the
i winter in Cairo!
I Now I am back at school again and into my second year at
‘ Med. School. It’s still pretty interesting, but we are all looking
·  forward to next year when we get on the floors and get away
.; from strict academic routine.
  From Mrs. William H. Woodin, HI (Ann Snow), Tucson,
  Arizona—November 12, 1949
  Peter is thriving. He arrived six weeks before he was sup-

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  posed to, the little rascal, and caught me with nothing but a ' é
  bottle of Johnson’s Baby Oil. I was doing the "Read Method" ;
  and it works wonderfully. Peter has a great mop of black hair gl
 . of which I am very proud.  
  Bill is finishing up his senior year at the university here,  
majoring in zoology. He is a herpetologist (snake collector) and  
- is now furiously collecting material for a future book on the `
reptiles of Arizona. We go off on wonderful trips into the  
  various mountains and collect, and try Sto persuade others to Qu
1 collect for him. Peter goes too when it’s a car trip and loves it.  
§ He is a superb traveler and it is very easy as I feed him myself.  
; People are horrified though when they find out that we have a  V
» baby in the back of the car along with the snakes. The latter  
l are kept tied up in sacks so it is all very safe and proper. People  
¥ are always asking me how I like reptiles. As a matter of fact, 5 
Q I don’t really mind them at all, when they are kept in their place,  it
. a jar or cage or sack. I’ve even gone so far as to carry a boa  ji
' constrictor from N. Y. to Tucson. It has been given to Bill by ll 
the curator of reptiles of the American Museum of Natural it
History, an old friend of his with whom he has collected for 7
years. Bill tied it up in a bag which was pinned to the inside of  
my coat sleeve and which I carried over my arm. We then .
boarded the plane and the three of us arrived quite safely in j
Tucson a few hours later.  ·
From Mrs. Shu Yung Wang (Lonny Myers), Chicago,  I
Illinois-November 5, 1949  l
We have a large over-garage apartment. Shung is also a  {
doctor. I wish I had the time and space to tell you all about l
him. He got his M.B. and L.O.S. in China and was getting his `
M.S. in oral surgery in Ann Arbor while I was in Med. School.
He is now working in clinic and taking more post—graduate
studies at the University of Chicago.  L
Last year I interned at the Springfield Hospital in Massa-  
chusetts and now have a residency in anesthesiology in Chicago  .
—quite far afield from F‘.N.S.  .
I would certainly love to visit everyone at F.N.S. sometime  ,·
soon and show "Shung" all the wonderful things you are doing  f

i   Faomuizzn mmsrne smwrcm 13
‘   as well as just enjoy the life and company there. [See
3 Weddings.]
  From Fredericka Holdship (Freddy) in Sewickley,
  Pennsylvania-November 14, 1949
F} The ’ounds seem to take up most of my time of late——we
` walk ’em every morn and hunt two days a week. The other
  day we were walking them by the golf course when the dear
  things spied a boxer in the middle of the fairway, and off they
  went in full cry, all blessed 35 of ’em. Now it has been my life-
  long ambition to gallop a horse over the golf course, and I
 , thought this was my chance, but an inner voice told me nay—
.5 that t’would only get the hunt club in trouble. So Lady Godiva
  and I went up the main road—and why is it one’s ambitions are
  so seldom realized? We finally collected all of the recalcitrant
 Q lads and lassies and they didn’t kill the boxer.
`_  Blair tells me that she, Red, and Nancy Newcomb all went
 " over to Mrs. J oy’s house to see Mrs. Breckinridge last week and
it also heard her lecture at Harper Hospital—it all made her very
  nostalgic for the mountains she said.
1 Now I must tell you about my sudden encounter with terra
· firma last Saturday! I was out hunting on Lady Godiva and
F ’twas a lovely, bahny day. We were galloping merrily over hill
 ` and dale when suddenly the ground opened up. The horse went
  down on both knees and I took the most beautiful dive right
 ‘ between his ears, and landed on me head—now the rest of this
 Q story is reported from the onlookers as I remember nothing
 _ until I got home, but it seems that I promptly arose, dusted
 F meself off most carefully, jumped agilely upon me steed, who
I was just standing there, bless her heart, galloped off to join
` the hunt, taking a few jumps on the way. It wasn’t until the
next check when I asked someone, "Where am I‘?" and "Where
is my horse ?" that they decided maybe I wasn’t quite all right
 . and they should take me home—but seems they had a bit of
  trouble as I wouldn’t get off my horse! ! Finally they dragged
 . me off, put me in a car and presented me to Moo—what a sight
 . —brush burns and scratches all over me face and a lovely black
 _— eye, but Dr. says no damage was done, only a few more screws

  Kay Pfliefer Vaczek is living in Paris, France, where her  
  husband is writing and she is painting. Both are enjoying life  
  there very much. zi
  Mary Wright is now with the Department of Welfare, Clint- ` I
wood, Virginia, as case worker. We were delighted when she  
` and her father and mother came over to Wendover for tea one  
, afternoon last month.  
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Q Doctor Lonny Myers of West Hartford, Connecticut, and  if
I Doctor Shu Yung Wang, on October 23, 1949.  y
2 Good luck and all good wishes to you both.  j
L Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Grosvenor, Jr. (Lucy Pitts),  
of East Greenwich, R. I., another daughter, their second, in  
April, 1949. We are sorry we don’t know her name!  
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Alberton Cushman (Janet  T
Chafee) of Morristown, New Jersey, a daughter, Amey Dexter,  5
on June 13, 1949. °
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ashton Lawrence (Pat Per-  
rin) of Swampscott, Massachusetts, a son, Robert Ashton Law- 2.
rence, Jr., on June 20, 1949. Pat writes: { 
"My life is more wonderful than ever now that we have our I
new addition. Perhaps by the time he's nineteen you will be  Q-
accepting boys as well as girls for junior courier jobs. Rob is a _,
husky individual and might be able to lend a hand in a worth- ·, 
while fashion. Although, I must say, I can think of complica- ·` 
tions if you did change your rulings/’ V 1
Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Hartman Woodin, III (Ann .
Snow) of Tucson, Arizona, a son, Peter Hyde Woodin, on August
27, 1949. ‘
Our congratulations and all good wishes! A
We extend our deepest sympathy to June, Donald in the  
loss of her father, Mr. Malcolm Donald. We share her loss in  ’l
large measure because he was a friend of the Frontier Nursing gi
Service for many years.  

  As taken down by BETTY SCOTT, R.N.
  I wish I were a Frontier Nurse’s dog
, Oh, I wish I were a Frontier Nurse’s d