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    Letter 393, 1904. [The White Estate acquired letters 393 and 394, 1904, after Ms. Re. No. 1115 was prepared; therefore, they appear at the end of this document rather than in their chronological order. April, 1986.] (Written to Ella May and Mable White, November 18, 1904, from San Diego, Calif.)

    I wrote you a couple of pages yesterday. The weather is good and if we had showers, this climate would be very greatly improved.14MR 263.1

    Our workman is now digging [a] well and curbs as he goes on with his work. I tell you, it seemed rather perilous as he was let down with a windlass 75 feet. He thinks he must go ten feet deeper. We think there will be plenty of water, fresh, sweet, and pure. The workers are urging themselves from point to point of the work as rapidly as possible.14MR 263.2

    This is a large, well-arranged house and a sanitarium that in many respects is perfect. The treatment rooms are in need of some improvements. The parlor is a good-sized, pleasant room and open doors into a second parlor-dining [room] sufficiently ample for all the tables needed for a long time.14MR 263.3

    [The] room which I occupy is one of the best on this floor. The one Sister Gotzian occupies is above mine, third story, of same size and convenience. Bedrooms all made convenient; marble washbowls in nearly all the rooms in the house, pipes connected.14MR 263.4

    I cannot give all particulars. I am sick—taken sick last week with severe cold several days ago, and have coughed a great deal. My lungs seem to be congested, but the throat is the worst. I am sorry, because the people could not hear me speak last Sabbath and Sunday. They were so earnest that I rode six miles to San Diego Sunday, but my throat was so congested I could not have voice to speak but 20 minutes. I am coughing and raising [phlegm], and the Lord has graciously sustained me.14MR 263.5

    Your father is in council meetings daily. It means much to start up with preparation for new building. It is partially now furnished.14MR 263.6

    I have wished myself at home many times, but dared not go. We will go back next Sabbath and Sunday to Los Angeles and see about the preparations that shall be required for that sanitarium. It is some larger than this one, and is well located. Everything seems to be satisfactory. It is now having the treatment rooms by carrying up, building on one end and extra, going up three stories. There are already set a couple of bathtubs in each story. These will be arranged in the new rooms of the building. One very convenient matter is that [the] railway comes very nigh the building, which carfare is only ten cents a passage to Los Angeles. This building, in the providence of God, was purchased for $12,000. The price was much larger—dare not state precisely. [In margin, “tell particularly.”]14MR 264.1

    Your father, Sister Gotzian, Brother Ballenger, left for [space is blank] to see if he could borrow some money.14MR 264.2

    November 23.

    Your father returned last night.14MR 264.3

    We have found an earnest working company hard at work fitting up the house, painting, calcimining, and painting while there is a party at work all the time in the pumping plant building. They have gone down, down, many feet—90 feet—they go ten more.14MR 264.4

    But yesterday evening Brother Palmer came in my room, saying, “You will be glad to hear that there is a large vein of water struck.” They had to work patiently to get through the clay. Then they struck the gravel again, but left all their tools as usual in the well.14MR 264.5

    November 24, 1904

    Your father has returned from [space is blank]. He has received for [the] sanitarium two excellent cows and hens for the sanitarium, and there was collected $600 in gifts to help furnish the sanitarium. This [is] good thus far, but shall need more gifts and shall, I think, obtain more. Your father is working with all his capabilities, and that is why he has neglected to write you. I believe we shall see this sanitarium prosper.14MR 264.6

    I would be pleased to see Mabel in [a] position here. Brother and Sister Palmer will be pleased to have you here in some position of trust. There are nice conveniences, and I think the climate would suit you, Mabel, excellently well. I wish you could be here while we are here but engage yourself to no nursing. We will have matters all fixed up. The stairs to the second and third stories are very easy of ascent.14MR 265.1

    But about [the] well. Early in the morning of [the] 23rd, Brother Palmer came to my room in company with your father and told us there was 15 feet of water. This morning, the 24th, there is 20 feet of water and their tools at the bottom of the well. I cannot express to you how very glad we all are made. [There is] plenty of water [for] all purposes. This cannot be estimated by gold or by silver. Water means life, and it is impossible to estimate it. They wish to go down ten feet more, and their water plant with the very best machinery and with larger pipe, may lessen the measure.14MR 265.2

    They want to make everything the very best possible for the future. This means [that] our orange trees, few although they be, may be saved. The Lord has answered all our expectations, and we shall have reason for thanks, giving two wells. [The] one [at] the first has never failed, but [we] dared not use the water for to nourish the olive trees, orange, and lemon trees; and now we feel we can supply every emergency. I want to praise the Lord with heart and soul and voice.14MR 265.3

    I must now close this long letter. You will hear from your father soon, and then something definite will be determined. We want Mabel to take right hold here. Ella May is to fill her lot and place. You must both be of good courage in the Lord. Can you tell us how much money was raised upon the contribution day? We hope something was done. Your father will remain here to get things settled until the middle of next week. There are arrangements to be made, there are plans to [be] talked up. And then it may be the middle of next week before we start on our way for Los Angeles; and [we] may have to remain there some days, but we hope not long.14MR 266.1

    I close my letter now with the intelligence that Clarence Crisler, who has been engaged three years to a lady working in [the] Review and Herald, will be united in marriage this evening. He seems rather confused; it is such a new experience to him that he seems almost dazed. Your father will perform the service.14MR 266.2

    Good night children. You will hear from your father very soon. Now they are talking over future plans.—Letter 393, 1904.14MR 266.3