| Holy Saturday - April 16, 1960
Muong Sing - April 7, 1960
I have your letter of March 31, 1960,
with the enclosures and the terrible news about Mr. Kuntz' boy's death.
It certainly was tragic.
I am delighted that you and Paul got
together, yes, indeed, there are many similarities between he and Earl.
I am glad you like the ring, and I
certainly hope the stones match. I thought that the sapphires were the
same identical color and cut as your bracelet.
Amused at Paul's story at getting things
through customs in Hawaii. I hope he doesn't rely on that all his life....because
he may end up in jail.
The mail problem here is, as usual,......bad......and
getting worse. When the LIFE magazine article as well as the CBS "Story
of a Cancer" hit and The Digest all come out as well as my returning
to America....well, it's going to be staggering. I never want to be tied
by my mail, and as long as I have Teresa and people in New York to help,
I believe that I never shall be. However, even here in Asia, not from
the New York Office, but directly to me there come about a 100 letters
a day, 60 of which demand an answer......out of sheer kindness and thoughtfulness
of the people who write, and, then, I am in such a wonderful position
to give people happiness, the simple answering becomes tremendously important,
to me. I do most of my dictation at about this time of night, 11, 12,
or 1 a.m.
Paul told you that I would arrive in
the States on May 8th, that is as plans stand now. I just found out the
date myself today when I received a letter from you and one from Paul.
I don't know what you mean when you
write "after some big thing that is to be given for you, and after
you finish with Dr. McNeer, I think you will come out here to see me."
I only know that the day after I arrive in America I am going to see Dr.
McNeer either as a two or three day out-patient, or hospitalized in Memorial.
I must have my major press conference, and whether that is held the day
I arrive or after my hospitalization I have not yet decided, nor will
I...that is what I have the public relations people to decide for me.
I shall come to St. Louis as soon as I can after my hospitalization and/or
check-up, but I am sure you understand that I don't want to come there
until that time.
I believe truthfully, mother, that
it is best for you, if you do not come to New York to meet me, because
of the circumstances that always involve my arriving from overseas, especially
at this time. All of the hubbub and running around only upsets you, and
it upsets me tremendously when I see how displeased you are about the
lack of time that you and I can have together. Therefore for your peace
of mind I think it best that you do not come to New York to meet me, after
all, I've only been gone a few months, and I will be in St. Louis a few
days after I arrive.
I've just notified that I am to receive
the Layman Award of the Year from the Religious Heritage of America, Inc.
This is quite a wonderful award and they want to have a banquet for me
in Washington in June, which I have requested that they invite you to.
I do not know of any other major awards that are planned, and the New
York Office is pretty well handling the lectures. Though I'm not 100%
decided, I am about 75% sure that I would like to stay in America for
only six weeks or so, (if all goes well with the doctor) and then return
back here to this country. There are many things that are left hanging
here, and I would like to wind them up. . .I suppose I will never have
a feeling of complete accomplishment, there always seems to be more things
With a team coming into Viet Nam and
the Ban Houei Sai team I feel as though I want to have these two programs
well established. . . and I go to Malaya around the 24th and am anxious
to see that program underway.
The new role that I am, and reluctantly,
accepting is that I do more traveling around this part of the world as
sort of the Asian Chief of Missions ....or Chief of Asian Missions. This
entails, this demands that there be another doctor out here, as we have
one already. . .but it is not the kind of man that I would like to have
here. Dr. Hautman is a wonderful kind and gentle man of about 60 years
old who has spent most of his life in village medicine. He does not, he
is not especially dynamic, but then I have done that much for him, he
simply has to run the hospital, even the administration is being handled
by one of my men. In the running of my hospital I am sure he will be excellent.
With the airplane to help him the problem of commutation between the Muong
Sing and Ban Houei Sai hospitals will be worked out, I am sure.
Ban Houei Sai is coming along very
well. The hospital is underway and our house is almost done. All the furniture
and icebox and stove and motor boat that I bought in Bangkok was shipped
to northern Bangkok and are now there in a town that you can find on your
map and it is called Chieng Rai. I h1ave sent Tom Kirby up river three
hours by motor boat to a town called Chieng Seng, from there he can go
by bus to Chieng Rai load our equipment on trucks bring them to Chieng
Seng and float down the river to Ban Houei Sai. We should have all that
in another day or so. The clinic building, formerly the (word not clear)
is being painted and fixed up like new. The new hospital building which
Hawaii is paying for will be finished in about four or five weeks.
Peter and his wife are arriving here
on the 17th in Asia and will stay here with me until the 22d. At that
time I leave for the Isle of Kong where the Prime Minister is giving a
going-away party for me and then down to Phnom Penh Bangkok and about
the 25th off to Malaya.
Earl and Dwight had a very wonderful
ceremony the other day and were given the order of Knight of the Million
Elephants and White Parasol. It was a very wonderful thing, and they were
tremendously excited about it. I was, too.
That's about all the information for
now, I am anxious to get this off tomorrow when the plane goes down to
Vientiane. It was a very exciting two days because Arthur Godfrey came
to see us. He was in Hong Kong and somebody from my Office sent him a
telegram pointing out that Hong Kong was very near Laos and why didn't
he visit Tom Dooley, and they gave him my address. A very excellent manuever
on the part of my Office. Godfrey cabled me, I cabled back and said "delighted"
and two days later Jerry picked him up in Bangkok. He had a wonderful
visit here, and we had quite a fabulous time. He made a recording which
is going to be played on thel2th of April and I asked him to send you
a telegram to that effect. He left for Bangkok yesterday in my plane and
the plane returned today. Well, that's it for now, mother.
I will see you soonest, much love,
P.S. Seems amazing to think that today, the 8th of April, exactly one
month from the day I get back to America, and it seems like I just left.