The pace is swifter of late. Since I wrote you last week Lad has fired Inter-America, Inc., Max has decided to fly back to New York, Rudolph has been put in charge of things in Ted’s place, Ted (Human) has decided to return home as soon as he can stand the trip and I have started to raise hell with the Venezuelan government at the treatment you are receiving, and in general, hell’s a poppin’.
Lad had a run in with Max who wanted him to join you out in the field, which Lad refused to do without being paid, claiming he did not want to be stranded out in the bush with no money. This made Max mad and Lad was told he would be sent back to New York where he could collect back salary. Lad replied he would have to have more than Max’s word for this, so Lad is now looking for a job with some other concern.
As for you, the sooner you can connect with some other outfit, the better. I hope that job the Engineering Society had open for you in Venezuela comes through. If you need any money for cables, or for food, for that matter, and can reach Alfred, perhaps he can help you out. You had better watch your step and not do anything that will enable Max or Rudolph to accuse you of failing in your duty so that they can have an excuse to fire you until you can make some other connection, but I think you should spare no effort to tie up with some other concern as soon as possible, as it looks to me as though the whole outfit down there were going to fold up. The complaints I am making to the government may help to do this, but not, I believe, before back salaries of everybody have been paid up. As Ted will probably get through and further, as I believe Rudolph has been kidded by Max to come over to his side, I don’t see that there will be much use for you to stay on if that other job can be hastened by any means (that’s what I meant by referring to cabling above ).
Whether Lad’s run in with Max and Rudolph’s subsequently coming over to Max’s side on the promise of being given Ted’s job, will have any repercussions in Rudolph’s treatment of you, I don’t know, but this will serve as a tip for you to watch your step in case Max has planned to get even with Lad through you. The whole business is in a nice mess and I’ll be glad when you are both free of it and either connected up with some other decent company or on your way home with back salary in your pocket. Lad had an opportunity of possibly getting a job with an oil co., and as he seems to like it pretty well in Caracas, he may stay on for a while.
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Enclosed are the letters you suggested I write as per the airmail letter I received from you Saturday afternoon. I had just that morning sent you an airmail with the draft covering the payment for unemployment insurance. I hope I have interpreted Ted’s suggestions properly. The reference to the deposit was somewhat vague, as I did not know what the deposit referred to as being exempted, or was supposed to cover, so I hope the reference I made to it was O.K.
Yesterday and today, Reyom was moving down to the cottage, Zeke and Biss are moving in this week. They plan to paper or paint and use the furniture (ours) that is in there until such time as they have money enough to purchase nice pieces of their own. Marion (Mrs. Laurence Peabody) invited both the newlyweds down to New Rochelle with the rest of us for Easter dinner, but Zeke would rather not go so Biss is going anyway. Marion has also invited Aunt Betty (Duryee) and Elsie (Duryee, Grandpa’s sister), as well as Helen (Peabody Human, Mrs. Ted)and Dorothy (Peabody) and all of us, so it will be quite a party. We’ll be thinking of you boys of course. Dick has been in bed yesterday and today was a cold but seems to be better tonight. He is twanging away on his guitar right now and has been spending his time making up models with plasticine. Helen (Human) came back from New York yesterday. Uncle Fred Stanley, ex-husband of Aunt Anne (Peabody)Stanley), she says, took Gweneth (their daughter, bout Dave’s age) up to Westport to visit some friends and in getting out of his auto, slipped and smashed his face up against a stone post, breaking his nose and blacking his eye. He is getting better O.K. and will probably show no marks. Mr. Keating took David and some other boys up to West Point yesterday. Today has been a blustery day, not cold but windy with quick changes from sunshine to clouds. Last night we hadthis the first thunderstorm of the season and quite a hard rain later. Ced has been spending about three days taking all the books out of the shelves in both rooms, cleaning them off, washing the bookcases and rearranging all the books. He has done his usual thorough job and they look much better. There is really not enough news in this letter to warrant spending the extra money for airmail, but I think I shall do it just the same in order that you may know what I have written to the Venezuelan government officials, which letters I am also sending by airmail.
Why don’t each of you boys go back over the letters I have written you, if you have saved them, and answer some of the questions I have asked from time to time?
The letters Grandpa has written to the Venezuelan officials (on the town of Trumbull First Selectman letterhead) will be posted on May 29th, when we return to this story line.
Tomorrow and Sunday I will be posting more letters from Dave regarding his World War II Army Adventure.