Letter Twenty-Two

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5 W 63rd Street . .
New York City
[no date]

Dear Mr. Oukrainsky

This is to introduce to you Ms. Morton and her little daughter Nondas, who you may remember came to the classes whilst we were playing at the Midway Gardens with Mme Pavlova.

So Mme Pavolva suggested to me that you perhaps would be so kind as to allow Nondas to attend your classes if you are giving any. I hope you are well and happy. Please give my kind regards to Pavley and ask him to send me the photo of his new costume which he made on the train that time

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as he promised it to me.

With Very Best Wishes
From
Mascot Moskovina.

P.C.
We finished at the Hippodrome on Saturday and we are now rehearsing at Bryant Hall. And on Feb. 4th we sail for Cuba.

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Book up on a Orpheum Circuit there perhaps PERHAPS. You may see me at the Majestic Chicago and you wont [sic] pay to see me either I will see to that alright. See! Nondas would that not be great and Billie can you imagine it with me luck and lets [sic] hope it will hapen [sic]. With Love and Kisses From Your Mascot.

P.C.
I enclose for Nondas scape [sic] book a few clipings [sic] of us but later when we get to the states we will have reproductions made of the pictures as here

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they cost a fortune and we have only a few which are needed for press purposes. I can even send Mama a copy.

M.

Catch 100,000,000,000 kisses even [x’s in the outline of a heart]

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Letter Twenty-one

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P. 1
c/o Mrs. James McCabe
25 W. 65th Street
N.Y. City

[no date]

My dear little Nondas

I received your dear letter and I must ask your pardonne [sic] for not having answered it before but really I could not I was so bussy [sic]. I am so very sorry to hear that your Mama is indisposed and I sincrely [sic] hope by now your Mama is enjoying the Best of health again. On March 8 9th the Ballet Russe was here and I sallw all their performances but they used to be better. Nijinsky is joining them in N.J. Mr. Diegleff [sic] got him free from Budapest.

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I am going down to New York on Sunday April 2nd so dear you will please write to the address I gave you on the top of this page I will be in rooms there. My husband send [sic] Baby two big Japanese dolls but they arrived all broken but she received a kimona [sic] and a pair of little chinese [sic] shoes safely and from Mme. Pavlova a Japanese dressing jacket all embrodried [sic], Baby certainly is a luckly [sic] little mite. She has now three silk kimonas [sic], two Japanese and one pink silk padded there two embrodid [sic] flannel kimona’s [sic] which I made for her Silk booties and bonnets, two gold rings one silver rattle then that lovely little rattle you sent her which hangs between her curtain of her crib [sketch of a crib with curtains] and smiles and laughes [sic] when she hears it rattle your present to her will be her favourite [sic] yet. I am going to make her a colection [sic] of dolls, Indian dolls

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Japanese dolls, Eskimo dolls etc. Already she has one huge doll which used to be mine, it is twiced [sic] as large as she is then she has a Baby doll & one celoluid [sic] Baby doll with moving arms and feet then one little cloth Kewpie Boy, one little Ballet Girl Doll, it is a doll dress excately [sic] like the Brown Photos I sent to you a friend of mine made a gift of it to me dressed excately [sic] like the picture with hair and all then she has a [sic] Uncle Sam doll with whiskers and all so you see to start with she has quite a colection [sic] she will get a huge Teddie [sic] Bear, and an Monkey when she is old enought [sic] to play with them. Well dearie I must end up now as I have so much packing to do and am head over heals [sic] in work. Baby sends her love and kindest regards to you all in her cooing way

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Please give my love to your dear Mama and I hope she is better now. Write to me again in N.Y. when I get my permanent address I will send it to you.

With Love and kisses
From Your friend
Mascot

Letter Twenty

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[Env. dated 3 June 1920]
Mrs. Billy Norton
1433 N. La Salle St.
Chicago Ill

[Env. Margin]
M. Moskovina
146 West 64th St. N.Y.C

P. 1
May 27th 1920

Dear Billie,

You surely must think I have forgotten how to write, well first of all I put it of [sic], I thought every day I would get a chance to send you a new photo of Toots but I could not take her. I thought I mentioned in my last letter that I have got pluricy [sic] now allready [sic] ten weeks, and I have steadly [sic] working with it doing that hard dance and the high jump, but it continued worse & worse so I consuled [sic] a doctor who had me Xrayed last Monday, and they found out that I have a lot of water on the lung plural region and the right lung is theatened [sic] with the first stages by of Consumption, on account of the constant irratiotion [sic]. Mama believes it was all caused by the constant [illegible] with my Partner & his rough handling. Well this week we were to have finished as the road in preparing for the road. Sam Bernard’s brother

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takes his place, and various other principals have their understudies substituting them. But Tuesday night whilst my parter was neck swinging me he stumbled & fell of course bringing me also to the ground & somehow I managed to get up & run up the stairs & do the jump, but when I came of [sic] I could not move and am now in bed with luckly [sic] no bones broken but severe bruses [sic] on the knees anckels [sic] & hips, all skined [sic] + brused [sic] but my right knee is bruised inside on the bone and it means several days before I can get up so, for yesterdays [sic] matinee they had to cut out the dance but they had a girl in the show for whom they got a partner and she does just a light dance no neck breaking stuff about it. I have finished absolutely with my partner for this rough work is killing me. I can only get cured now by resting and later when I am able to get up go to the mountain for a [illegible] rest. Well it was just as well the accident happened for

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for I would have only thought more danger on to myself by working. We are going to move on the 10 of June to 146 west 64th street. You see here we live in a furnish railroad flat and there we have been able to secure a empty seven rooms separate rooms & private corridor, thought [sic] a friend who told us about it for it is practically impossible to get accommodation here in New York, and now we can put our own furniture down. Toots goes to dancing school but shows no talent naturally to [sic] young and merely a baby. The picture I enclose is an old one when she was less than three years old and now she is 4 1/2. I want to start her in the Professional childrens school next Sept. if they take her. It is so hard to write in bed but I hope you can make out what I am writing. Toots just got up from her sleep (noon) 5 p.m. I hope that tyrant of a Nondas will give me a few more weeks grace now to get a decent photo of Toots and I promise without fail to send her the first coppies [sic]. How are you

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I have written four pages of “ME” and I guess you are thoroughly disgusted with it As I have been very week [sic] and several times fainted after dancing and once right on the stage, but physically I feel much stronger only I have constant pain on my right side front & back from my lung & snce [sic] the day before my right [illegible] included so I am Job the II Beauo Collinette Is here and thinks she will get a big thing for the Fall she certainly is worthy of it for she is a real artist. I am going into vaudiville [sic] in fall if I get over my trouble, then I may yet get to Chicago next year. Please write to me, up till now I have rushed & hustled so and when I came home I could only lay down because I was to [sic] weak even to eat. give my love to dear Nondas & I hope you are well & happy Love from Mama + Toots

with love from
Mascot

Letter Nineteen

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Mascot's letter written on her school's letterhead.

Mascot’s letter written on her school’s letterhead.

Env. side 1 [dated 29 Feb. 1920]
Mrs. Billie Morton
1433 N. La Salle St.
Chicago Ill.

Env. side 2
M. Moskovina
c/o Mrs. F.W. Lucas
31 West 64th Street
N.Y.C.

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[Letterhead:
Sascha Piatov
and
Mlle. Mascot Moskovina
Classical and Character Dances
31 West 64th Street New York]

Feb. 29th 1920.

My dear Billie and Nondas

Thank you so much for your pretty Valentines also for Mama’s and Toots. You are really the marvels I never ever thought of Valentine’s day, so you must forgive me for not having written you one. Well for the last two weeks I have been rushing my head off, to get my costumes readdy [sic], because last Sunday 22nd we gave our Concert at the Greenwich Village Theater it went of [sic] great, only the first two numbers were spoiled by the ochestra [sic] which was one of the best syphony [sic] ochestras [sic] here, but they played beautifull [sic] syphony [sic] music but not dance, but all the same it went well, We are still with the show we having come to an agreement to stop, and they permit us to play any  where [sic] we like at the same time with others as long as we do our dance So that finishes at 9.30. then we can take anything like Vaudeville or something going on at 10 or 10..30 [sic]. Above you see on new address also the note paper what do you think of it. I have not been to the photographer yet with Toots but really I will go some day. I go every day to Albertiries and study, Oukrainsky and Pavly have been dancing here with the Chicago Op. Co. by the papers have kurched [???] them terrible. Today is Sunday so a lazy day of rest and to write letters. I saw in the Variety that Pavlova will open at the Drury Lane Theater, in London in April. I am very anxious to get a Divorce from my husband, and I want to ask you dear Billie if not to [sic] much trouble could you make inquiries for me a lawyer for me and find out if I could get a divorce in Chicago where I was married on the charge of disersion [sic], and what lenght [sic] of residence time is necessary their [sic], and if necessary could

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or would you allow me to say that your address was my permanent address, should I come to Chicago to take up my case. Also how much the case might cost more or less. I hope you will not be angry for asking you all this, the lawyer would give you the advice free of charge, or you might have a lawyer you know. I must get my divorce and here in New York I cannot get it I must have my husband here, and any lawyer advised me to make inquiries about Chicago if I had any friends there to have them, make inquiries and if they would permit me to say their home was my permanent residence. I used to know Mr. Wolly now (Wollkoff) the russian [sic] Consul, but I do not know where his address is now and so could not consul him. Next Sunday we are to dance at the Sunday Winter Garden Concert. Well I have to finish now and write some letters to some girls I know in England who have written me so many times but I always was to [sic] busy to answer anyway the first letter I always answer when I do sit down to write is yours. I am have [sic] four teeth filled so wish me luck. Kiss Nondas and I do hope you all feel a little better now. I will not ask you anymore why you dont [sic] come here, for as you say you might not on so well, only my idea was that when you were not well you would have some reall [sic] friends close at hand to help you and also Nondas would not be so lonely. Well Cheer oh!  Mama sends her love to you both and Toots as well.

With Love and Good Luck from
Mascot

Letter Eighteen

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Env. side 1 [dated 5 Jan. 1920]
Mrs. Billie Morton
1433 North La Salle St.
Chicago Ill.

Env. side 2
Mrs. F. W. Lucas
170 West 65th Street
New York City

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5th Jan. 1920.

My dear Mrs. Morton and Nondas

At last I am able to write to you from my home and I don’t know how to start to tell you all. First of all I soppose [sic] you must have receaved [sic] my card which I sent you for Xmas telling you I was coming from Porto [sic] Rico showing the tobacco fields there, but if you have such rotten luck as to have a spy in your home it is very hard on you She might have taken a fancy to the p.c. for it was very nice and stolen it for a spy is as good as a thief, now I do hope in the bargain she gets this letter and reads it the beast and curupted [sic] woman that she is. Well here’s Wishing On such a much happier New Year if only my wish comes true for you, Mama and Toots also send their new year wishes. You see I arrived in on 26th Dec. But with all the excitement I had no chance to write I read

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your dear letters and sweet Xmas token, thank you so much you are such dears to always think of me. Well my Toots was such a delight she is tall for her age and fair haired, big china blue eyes and proof [sic] herself quite an intelligent Baby, she has taken to me allready [sic] and we have great times going out together. I am so busy I am renovating my wardrobe for the stage and besides I go to the Tarasoff’s school 637 Madison Ave. corner 59th where I do 3 hours practice every day taking their classes so you can imagine I have hardly a minute of time since I am home and the heat to the cold had allready [sic] laid me up with an awfull [sic] cold and for two days I could not walk with mussel [sic] bend from the change of climate. Well Mama was pleased, she is looking well and younger than ever. I am so sorry you are there in Chicago you could be together and be just friends if only here. Well we have nothing definite-ly anaused [sic] try but next week we will confirm a contract to play a concert tour with symphnony [sic] ochestra [sic] through the States our own show just the two of us Sascha and I. If this comes of [sic] then we play the Autoriom [sic] for one show a matinée in Chicago every day a nother [sic] town, now should it come of [sic] you shall have seats and all to come if you wanted to but wait it sounds to [sic] good to be true besides I am so busy with costumes I don’t think I can be ready to start Feb. 1st. I took Baby with me to the Dancing school she sat there all the 3 hours as quiet as could be. Well I have to finish the coustumere [sic] is coming and I have to have the stuff ready. I have hardy [sic] a moment to breath [sic] I get up early and to bed late with all the excitement. Sascha lives here too and our Secretary. but he knows very little english [sic] but as we intend later to return to South. A. we keep him with us. I found the prices his even more expensive than in S. A. it is terrible here what on earth is going to happen to the

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States if it keeps on like that. I have my monkey with me and although he is filthy Mama is crazy about him, but Toots is afraid of him because he wont [sic] let anyone teese [sic] him he defends himself. Well So long for the present.

Kiss Nondas and I will send a picture of Toots just as soon as I get breathing space, Mama is contstandly  [sic] busy with the flat it is very small and hard to keep tidy. Mama and Toots send their love.

With Love and Kisses
From
Mascot
170 West 65th Street
N.Y.C

P.C.
Mama begs you please to excuse her for not answering your last letter but as I said she is busy making good things for us to eat I wish you were here to share them.

Letter Seventeen

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1433 La Salle St
Mrs. Billie Morton
2150 Lincoln Park W
Chicago Ill.
United States America

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[Letterhead
El Gran Hotel
Propietarios:
Sbert & Viñas.
Telefono No. 130]

S. P. de Macoris Nov. 26th 1919

Dear Billie and Nondas!

I wrote you just a while ago but as there is a boat going in a few day [sic] to the States so I want to tell you the latest. Up till now we have been having the best of luck and now just as we were going to take the first boat to the States, we got our first hich [sic], it is Sascha Piatov my partner’s papers, on account of him being russian they will not allow him to return but we will try to fight it through with a lawyer and perhaps we can manage it yet but I cant [sic] just leave him flat in such a out of the world place like here, it is by no means bad here but nearly absolutely isolated from the rest of the world. So I will stop with him till we can get a boat to Cuba, and then I can go on to the States alone, and return to him later, it means goodbye to the Orpheum tour I thought we might have been able to m [sic] make. We give two performances here. We work on 60% clear income with all expenses paid

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so you can see it is a good business here in Porto [sic] Rico it was rather bad and in fact we lost money, but here we earn it. This is the funniest place I have not found out yet where you buy stamps and I have to give my letters to the manager of the Hotel, he said he posted my last ones I sent you and I hope he did for I sent you a snap of myself and a p. c. of the torch of Columbus. You may remember in my former letters I was complaining of the terrible heat well here it is quite hot in day time but at night thank the Lord it is cool and in the morning between 6-8 it is cold and I have to sleep in flannel Pyjamas [sic] and my monkey all rolled up in blackets [sic] in his little Basket for she is very delicate but very dirty and ungratefull [sic] I am only keeping her so that Baby and Mama can see her for she is very pretty and tiny. The electric light here is so poor I can hardly see to write this the plant does not work very good and most the time the people are without light here, The maid has just brought me a lamp so it is better now. I really do not see how I can get home for Christmas because as I said before I cant [sic] just run away and leave my partner here if it were Cuba or South America it would be allright [sic] for he then could easily get another partner and continue but here you cant [sic] get anything. But he was the first actor in the States to enlist and has his honorable discharge so we have hopes that if the case is properly put before the State Department they will reconsider him. There are only two boats per month so it would

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not be worth while your writting [sic] here for if all goes well I may get back before you can reach me. So just keep writting [sic] c/o of Mama well dear friends I have to finish hoping you are all well and happy?

With Love and Kisses to you both from your
Mascot

Letter Sixteen

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[Env. dated 11 Feb. 1919]
Mascot Moskovina Vesely
c/o United States Consul
Rio de Janairo [sic]

Mrs. Billie B. Morton
2150 Lincoln Park West
Chicago ILL
United States America
U.S.A.

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Mascot Maskovina
c/o Senor Solomon Mizcs
S 26 Ayacuelo
Buenos Aires

My dearest friends Billie and Nondas.

Yesterday I received your dear letter of Nov. 12th. 18. the first since ages and ages ago But forgive me I too have been very slack in writting [sic]. I have made several attempts but never got to sending them of [sic], I allways [sic] think of you, but with all I have had to do with one thing or the other I hardly even wrote to Mama but I told her to write  to you and excuse me. Since last August I have been dancing in the Opera we started in Cordo ba [sic] Argentine where I got an attack of apendecitus [sic] but the doctor froze it away from there we traveled via Los Andes to Santiago I was still very ill and there I got a cronice [sic] attack of stomack [sic] poisoning “Romain Pasiening” [sic] so I was steadily sick for over a month and a half unable to work or any thing but luckyly [sic] for me the Director Salvali liked my work very much and rather than lose me paid my salary all the same though I was ill, later we went to Talca and Conception of Chili [sic] and I got better and

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Oh. so fat you would have laught [sic] had you seen me. Then we went to Valparaiso and from there to Lima Peru where my real troubles started for you see my illness took up every cent of my salary and I had no money saved, so although I had my passport which I was able to secure in Santiago and cost me lots of money I had not my return fare so that I could have gone home straight from there. But I had to sign on the contract for another year and am back in Buenos Aires and we will here start a big Russian Ballet but Oh. my I feel just awfull [sic] as you dears can imagine here I am freed to be when now I am free to return home you can hardly blame me for not writting [sic] for I have not got the heart I feel so mserable [sic]. It is terribly hot here, I have no friends except from the Co. and they are mostly all occupied with themselves and have no time for me. Christmas was the sadest [sic] day I ever spent I only knew it was Xmas by a card I received from Mama the other day. But I have to cheer up if I keep well now as I hope I do I will be able to be home by May or June for I will not keep my contract for all that time. Did you write to the

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address on top of the 1st page for then I surely should have receaved [sic] your letters as these people are quite safe Mama address all her mail there. Things are better at home Papa has started a store and seams [sic] to be doing well only Mama help him and it is terrible lot of work for her between the Baby who by the way is three years old now.  and from the Pictures Mama sent me such a big girl. and also they have moved to be near the business that is why she may not have answered your letter having [page torn–illegible] to bring but also she may not have receaved [sic] them for she allways [sic] mentions when she has letters from you. What a pity you cant [sic] be in New York so much nicer for yourself and Nondas; for I am sure you would like my Mama very much. The heat here is terrible just like Jully [sic] in the States, but it gets some and worse [???], I luckily have a room on the 3rd floor with no windows opposite so I can leave my balcony door open night & day. What is Nondas doing now. Why do you not go to Oukrainsky or Pavly and speak to them they are so nice and they would let you pass in you need not be afraid of troubling them, they are certainly getting on splendidly, but Oukrainsky had a lot of money for a foundation. It seems that nearly everybody

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who leaves the Pavlova Co getts [sic] on better than in her Co. Enclosed I send you some photoes [sic] and some writtings [sic] for Nondas. I also sent a New Years card which I hope you will receave [sic] from Lima I sent Nondas a post card of a Ballet Dancer painted by a french [sic] artist did you get that. Well dearest friends I am so glad to have heard from you and I will try and get rid of my meloncholie [sic] feelings and write oftener [sic] sometimes I think I really will go crazy yet I have nothing to complain about all would be well only I am so homesick for my Mama and my Baby. Mama’s new address is Mrs. F. W. Lucas 564 West 171 Street New York City and  Papa’s new Business is 228 Fort Washington Ave. N. Y. C but you had best write to the 171 Street add. My address is always the same and reaches me no matter where I go even if I return home. so dearest write there please.

With Love and Kisses and Good Luck
Best wishes for you both
Throughout the New Year.
From your
Mascot

[Margin of P. 4]

Excuse the splotches I don’t know what is the matter with this pen. All the costumes on the photoes [sic] except for “Marmy” [???] are my own.

Letter Fifteen

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[Letterhead
Hotel Carlton
Telephone 2956-Central
R. Libero Badaró, 72
S. Paulo]

S. Paulo, 3rd de Feb. de 1919

Dear Billie and Nondas

As you see by the enclosed letter I again wrote but did not post the letter. I left the Co. I spoke to you about and am now working with Sasha Piatov, of whom you may have heard for he was very well known in the States Orpheum circuit we opened here the 19th of Jan. and are now booked for Rio de Janairo [sic] after then after a few more months in Brazil I will return home and if all goes very well work in the States so I yet may be able to come and visit you in Chicago. I am very pleased and releaved [sic] that at last I am slanting out on my way home. Brazil is a beautifull [sic] country, only just now is the rainy season and it has been raining steadily all the month in fact the railway lines for Rio and the port Sants [sic] are over fleweded [sic] and the train cannot run. I am now doing besides classikol [sic] and chacter [sic] dancing Ballroom dancing Excentric [sic] Foxtrot, Walz [sic] and wirlwind [sic] dance and am learning Tangoes and Moxixes [sic] it is very hard after classical work but now I have been doing it 15 days already with success. I will to go to the post to post this Letter so at last you get some news from me.

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I am very busy rehearsing and I work very hard all the time, the ballroom work is very hard for me till I get used to it. I left Buenos Aires when that terrible strike was on not a store was open and they were shooting in the street no one dared to leave their homes, still I was running around to cancel rehearsals etc. getting ready to leave I was so afraid troops and policemen every were [sic] with loaded guns and machine guns in the doorway of the Police Stations. The second day allready [sic] there was hardly a piece of bread in Buenos Aires, and not a single resturant [sic] open those that lived in Boarding homes got a bit to eat but those that ate in restaurant had to go without oh it was terrible. Thursday at 12 it started and up till Sunday morning 1500 people had been killed and 5000 wounded in the streets if a motor car came along they would just grab it and smash it to pieces. We had to leave Sunday morning so I made arrangements to have my trunks sent on to Rio later as it was impossible to have them taken to the ship, But by greatest luck the Strike was called to a halt Sunday morning and a few carts dared out at a terrible risk so they took some of our baggage and drove to the station and we had too walk it nearly 22 bocks [sic] or more through the worst of the strike quaters [???] all the windows and streets smached [sic], the garbige [sic] had not been colected [sic] for three days and was thrown all over the streets and the odors were fearfull [sic], and shops and homes closed sometimes we passed a saloon and if the door opened we saw behind it the saloon full of drunken men and we guessed that the strike was not finished yet. Well when we got to the station and saw that our small luggage had arrived Piatov took 4 men with loaded revolvers and rushed back for my trunks

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two big ones and one steamer, well with the revolvers they braught [sic] it through but allready [sic] they were starting again well lucky if the train for the boat had not been attacked and we got to the boat safely with luggage and all but we were the only passengers with all our luggage the others only had hand luggage and steamer trunks and were in desperation, so we got out of that affair and here now also theatens [sic] to be a revolution as the President has just died and here in south American elections allways [sic] mean bloodshed, especially as there is one party with wishing to establish Brazil a monarchy like it was before. So you see I have had quite a bit of excitement right of the corner of the street where I lived in Buenos Aries they were shooting and left one guy stretched cold. I will thank the Lord when I return to the States For all though [sic] South America is slow they can make things very hot and lively in strikes and revolutions well dearest friends I must close as I have some washing and sewing to be done allways [sic] work work well it is the same with all us poor devils. You can write for a while till I tell you otherwise to the American Consul Rio de Janairo [sic]. I shall be

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very glad to heare [sic] how all goes with you and I do hope before the end of this year that I may be able to see you both again.

With love and Kisses
From Your Mascot

Letter Fourteen

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[No envelope, no date]

P. A1

My darling little Nondas

A few days ago I answered the letter of your dear Mama, but as there is no Boat leaving till March 20th I have waited till today write an answer to your dear letter. My what a Beautiful Surprise for Nondas you had such a lovely doll or rather I should more befitingly [sic] say daughter, I hope she is very good and sleeps, for did not mention wether [sic] she closes her eyes or not it so bad for the health to keep awake all the time beside it develops a habit of being inquisitive you want to be very carefull [sic] how you look after a big girl like that, is she also inclined towards dancing? About the name if you have not had her Babtised [sic] yet I might say that I never heard being (very ignorant about Opera artist) of this Lady I I only know the names of the Dancers, I was suprised [sic] secretly I soppose [sic] you will think I am going to extreme but with your love for dancing I thought you would give her the name of a Dancer but I see your taste has changed to Opera I thought you might have named her “Pavlova” or “Pavlovlua” ([illegible] in a caring manner is Russian). as also that great lady has dark hair and eyes althought [sic] curly and how do you know that perhaps Mme. Amelito wear a wig when Pavlova wears her curly wigs like in Bachannal [sic] or other dances I am sure she must

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resemble you doll. I am so sorry I could not send you a little gift to brighten up your Xmas but I [illegible] your dear Mama told you my cercumstances [sic] in Rio de Janairo [sic] neither could I get any Xmas cards so I had to manufacture one which I hope reeaceh [sic] you without being torn or [illegible] it is not the card that counts the its my wishes & thoughts. This is the first letter I have received from you and Mama since last Jully [sic] so you see I had no idea what had become of you and I hated to be without news. You must always write to me no matter what happens althought [sic] I am no good so far away and in a very bad fix myself, If I were in the states I might be of more us [sic] to you. My darling little kiddie about the dancing you need not be discouraged, here I tell you frankly with the increasing expenses and all of toe dancing it is becoming besides very painfull [sic] very expensive for the shoes, also with you inablly [sic] of having the proper instruction, But do not lose heart for Toe Dancing is not the only think [sic] in the world, do you remember Stasia Kheen from Pavlova’s Co. the Chacter [sic] Sololiest [sic]? a Dark eyes & Haired girl, well she never danced on the Toes in fact she was unable to it caused her to [sic] much pain so she went in for chacter [sic] dancing and in the Co. achieved a bigger success than some times the Toe Dancers She was greatly liked by the Public and her work beautiful

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And there are very many more pretty dresses to be worn in Chacter [sic], like Egyptian, Bachanal [sic], Russian Chardas [sic] Polish, Hungarian, Gibsy [sic] Fantasies etc, Oriental whilst a Poor Toe Dancer weres [sic] the same costumes merely decorated a little here and there & changed but always the same foundations, Then there are very pretty Toe numbers like Mendelsohn’s Springsong Done in a Crinoline costume with a basket of flowers and very quiled [???] mostly posing and a little receiving on the toes hope you can understand my marvelous designs [see figure in margin] This is very simple but very effective as a solo but the music is long and must be cut. Then femme [???] there are dozens of chacter [sic] numbers but thoes [sic] you have to be taught you are still very young and chacter [sic] dancing can be learn up till 20 & 22 I know girls who were older & learnt but in the mean time [sic] I advise you to put your heart & soul into milnery & dressmaking even if you do not use it as a proffession [sic] for let me tell you no matter how rich or poor or what a great artist if you understand a little bit about it you will be able to origenate [sic] and use your own ideas for costumes & all the other way you have to depend on others and that is very hard in the theatrical live [sic] especialy [sic] and very expensive Who use your ideas &

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Page 3, including sketches.

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[Top: Sketched figure of a dancer in costume]
This dress made in a Sox [???] blue Tafeta [sic] with three ruffellss [sic] and a little lace collar like [illegible] Flowers in the hair

[Bottom: Sketched figure of flower basket]
Pardon me me [sic] Nondas but do not make a mistake This is no coal shuttele [sic] but a Basket with flowers

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Page 4, including sketches.

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Chief colors yelolows [sic] greens blues reds & gold.
[Sketched figure of a dancer in costume]
Heardress [sic] is [inset figure of headdress] a pice [sic] of gold Braid two inch wide studed [sic] with green red & blue stones with [illegible] the sides studed [sic] with stones & Beads handing [sic] down Dress is of a pice [sic] of onusual [sic] material with two press Plates made all of the gold Braid stulled [sic] with stones & stones [illegible] on the costume they a belt & of gold braid studed [sic] with stones and the skirt (2) is Pices [sic] of all coullors [sic] of chiffon shredded from the arms come two pices [sic] of greenish blue chiffon and Gold snake ornaments and on the feet & hands [inset figure of foot with shoe] also gold braid made into Brsaelets [sic] and rings on the toes & fingers & collored [sic] beads around the neck.

design no matter how bad you draw but gradualy [sic] you will developpe [sic] & to design & originate your own costumes is very nice The above costume is a musical costume good for the musice [sic] of Grieg’s Arietra [sic] Dance which is very easy to arrange music to [sic] If you have in any way a little knack in making things you could make this costume [see figure in margin]. So do not get discouraged but learn well all your dear mama let you learn as far as she is possible to afford the different tuition above all do not do like I did waste your mamas good money & energie [sic] & give her no returns for what she has work so hard to let you have the benifit [sic] off [sic]. That Bare foot dancing in the snow I call riducalus [sic] I will look you up some stamps and enclose them although I have not had any new ones lately and not traveling I get no chase [sic] to collet [sic] any beside I have been to [sic] busy working hard to bother with stams [sic] but it is a very [illegible] onccupation [sic] Do you go in for painting you ought to get a box of watter [sic] collors [sic] & try your taste in colloring [sic] take [illegible] pictures or anything & put your ideas of collars [sic] on the dresses & costumes

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In pasting in your stamps you want to be carefull [sic] & use certain paper so the [sic] are able to be taken out again also examine [???] each stamp carefully as every line I or corner counts for instance one stam [sic] is just the same as the other only perhaps & corner or hock is differen [sic] get a little magnifying glass [sketched figures of stamps] then some times [sic] the printing is thicker on one stam [sic] than another and the paper & the color all thes [sic] details you must study for the [sic] make a great difference in the stam [sic] I will enclose you few examples to show you what I mean. Oh by the way do you know I still have my big doll from when I was 7 years old and she has travelled with me all over the continent Europe England & all & is back in the States and if Baby has not smached [sic] her she is still alive (Pavlova makes & prittiest [sic] doll & Papper [sic] Feet a Dark Doll in Copelia [sic]). My doll has beautifull [sic] natural fair brown hair and sleeps & eats but being rather old now is is [sic] a bit loose in the legs & arms and head you see feebleness from having been knocked about so much poor dear I call her like everything else “Mascot” It is terrible [sic] conceated [sic] of me but I love my name “Mascot” and to be [sic] it sounds so nice that you see my doll when I was little got the name and now my real big natural Baby also has the name if I have another Baby I will

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Mascotte for I am at loss for any other name than that I [illegible] you will say my how conceted [sic] she is. When I came to look at your letter I think really at Amelita does sound very nice it is more warm and sympathetic [???] than Pavlova. The weather here is beginning to cool off and we are having Automn [sic] wether [sic] but Oh I cannot imagine such weather & you say but sure I would enjoy having a snow ball fight with you in a Big fur [illegible] and a Eskimo suit but no thank you for the Greek Costume of Barefoot dancing in the snow I must refuse the invatation [sic] as I have a bad toes for such occasions. Well darly darling Nondas I must finish they are bothering me for the last hour to come and have my dinner so with Heaps Big Kisses (as the Injun [sic] says) and Heap much Hug to Both your adorable Mama like my mama one of the Best on the world, when there are so few really sensible & good ones) I remain with miles of love

Your sincere friend
Mascot
Moskovina

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Mind you write me another long letter or else I I I [sic] dont [sic] know what I wont [sic] do to you I’ll come all the way by wishes & kiss you to death

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As mail only reches [sic] each other every 2 months why not write Books to keep me reading till the next mail arrives. I am affraid [sic] you & I will become unpopular with the Censor if we write like this but please write lots I love to read your letters they are so interesting

Mascot

March 14th 1918

My dearest friend Billie (Permit me the liberty)

A few days ago received both yours and Nondas’s darling letters dated Jan 18th. It is the first since last Jully [sic], I soppose [sic] like Mama you wrote to the Co’s address and all those letters have been lost. Yes mail takes a terrible long time if the letter catches a freight Boat it takes 2 months and if it gets a passenger Boat only one month. The next boat leaves here on the 20th which I think will only take 30 to 32 days I am so pleased to hear that you and my Mama are corresponding together. As I wrote you before you know all the particulars of how I got here and how I worked etc. But since December I have not worked but have been rehearsing & working up new programs for the season which has started and up to this time and still I have had all my expenses paid and pocket money so that I should not go and work any where [sic] else. I did not refuse as I have very good prospect [sic] with Ms. Jacoveleff [sic] who is a wonderfull [sic] artist, and has a big reputation as being the finest Russian Dancer (chacher [sic]) and does wonderfull [sic] Pirouettes.

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At present we have not quite settled what where we are going to work at. I get up every morning at 6.30 at 7.30 I am already practising [sic] till 9 o’c Then I have rehearsal with the penano [sic] till 10. I am getting a very fein [sic] repertoire aranged [sic]. I am very sorry to have to say it but my husband unluckely [sic] is rotten like all men for he proves to be more of a hindrance than a help and up till now has been unable to find any work. And were it not for him I would be at home but perhaps this is as you say for the best for it affords me a wonderfull [sic] obertunity [sic] to get a little reputation and give me confidence to work on my own which one never gets in the “X”s Co. You are quite right no one helps you when in trouble but this time I think I have had marvelous luck for really the way our possition [sic] was in Rio de Janairo [sic] was to [sic] despairing. When I gave you Mama’s address in my letter from Rio it was the old address to c/o Mrs. Frank at 2nd Street I forget it now my self [sic] But since of course I have receaved [sic] letters telling me that Mama has moved and the new address which you have 187 W. 80th. I told Mama of course some of my case but the real details of how I suffered in Rio and my dissapointment [sic]

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and how my husband has been I did not tell for I do not want to worry her any more than sh I can help for poor darling is terrible distressed that I cannot come home, but now she needs not worry anymore for I think so I said before with the cauche [sic] like I have now to work so well she not worry for in the States I would not have the partners neither the Money packing like here and no matter haw [sic] good or bad at the profession one is one cannot make a success unless on [sic] has someone interested in one. For This Mr. Barel is spending lots of money on our act. Of course My Mama thinks the world of me and all I do right or wrong is wonderfull [sic]. Music is a dear mother and she is one of the great Stars among Mothers we my Mama and I are pleased by not only being Mother and daughter but we are the greatest and thickest of friends. You may say I am writting [sic] something exterordinary [sic] that of course all mothers and daughters are friends but you are wrong there are really very few mothers who are good friends with their daughters because of their narrow mindedness the [sic] make their daughters be affraid [sic] to tell them the real truth and then it is a parent and no more friendship

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The successfull [sic] mother is a mother and at the same time a great pal and friend to her daughter real chums and a true and open understanding Riligion [sic] I am sorry to say is many times the cause of unhappiness in familys [sic]. For example a [sic] English Girl I knew her mother was very rilgious [sic] and morning noon and night this mother made this poor girl pray and Sundays three times church well that girl is totally against her mother for she had no freedom what soever [sic] and now prayer & worship is to her like a mechanical affair and she is an Atheist, a mother can be riligious [sic] but she has to be very carefull [sic] how she give a riligious [sic] education to her children for as this woman did instead of respect she bread [sic] disrespect to riligion [sic]. I know another girl prehaps [sic] you have heard of her Fredova formerly in Pavlova’s Co well her people were very riligious [sic] and because Freado went on the stage the whole familly [sic] turned their back on her & her parents disowned her. Mind you Freado had done no wrong except go on the stage and these fools instead of being friends & parents to the girl and giving her their protection whilst in the profession, turn their backs on her and

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left her drift where she would. There are millions of cases similar in many ways I but tire you to speak of them. Dear folks your friendship is very valuable to me, and true really true friend rich or poor is worth their weith [sic] in gold for they are very very few. I cannot express myself how sorry I am for your situation and the utter hopelessness of it, and your ill health, pardon me for being personal but have you not been able to locate your husband and compel [sic] to at least pay you a little money put your pride in your pocket and do this at least for Nondas’s sake if it is possible. You write my fortune so gloriously I wish it could be so but I am afraid that really I have an unlucky life I have a darling mother and yet willfully this uncontrollable passion for travling [sic] drags me away from her & my Baby and I am now unable to return for lord knows how many years till the [illegible] stops all because I did one wrong thing. I have received a very charming letter from Mr. Dandre saying I & the other could not return to the Co as we could not join the Co in Brazil where the main part of the Tournée is to be made but he never mentions that he would at beast [sic] give

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us our return fare so that if chance should come we would have money to return all who saw the letter written as it was in a most effectionate [sic] manner and ending up with their deep regrets that they could not have us back in the Co say that they are Rotten with no character I wrote him a good answer just as sweet & diplomatic as he wrote to me and asked him to at least as he had stranded & fooled us etc to give us our return fare from here to New Your from where he took us. The Co is allready [sic] in Brazil now, this girl from Russia was only a [illegible] but the [sic] took a girl from New York a Bohemian girl who’s stage name is Massalova and who worked with Theadore [sic] Kosloff at the Palace well she is to alternate with Pavlova as Pavlova is only going to dance about 2 or 3 times a week. Mama wrote me that in New York they suffer terrible too her landlord had given out with coal and like every one else was unable to get any and so they had no steam heat and Mama wraped [sic] the Baby herself & the dogs in shaells [???] it was a funny sight she says but with 16 below zero I think it was tragic and a disgrace to the management

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of New York City and to such a modern and up to date place the model of the world U.S.A. for if America acts like that when it has only entered the war it is pretty bad England was two years in the war before prices went up and the war was felt and England has to get everything from outside food an [sic] all as it own resorse [sic] is not sufficiant [sic] But the States has coal iron crops [illegible] a year California and the Eastern and to have such high prices and shortage is a disgrace to the country and shows bad management, I guess those officials like here sit and smoke big cigars and dont [sic] do anything till the last moment when to [sic] lat [sic] then that terrible graft & capitalists. Well from Nonda’s letter I see she certainly had a fine Xmas and is crazy about the doll which is fine for her as you say she can put her ideas in millneray [sic] and dressmaking and if she is very fancifull [sic] and cand [sic] design a little it would be fine for costumer designse [sic] is paid for very heavely [sic] at least in England I know. I am sorry you were not able to make any arrangement with Oukrainsky but really shows

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are terrible expensive and if Baby is growing tall it is far better for her to be a chacter [sic] dancer, she need not be disappointed for a good expressive chacter [sic] dancer is better than a toe dancer and also wears beautifull [sic] costumes. Pardon me if I bring up the painfull [sic] subject as I have not received your former letter I do not know what is wrong with the little dancer and could such wrongs not be remedied through estitics [sic] I mean arm movement or what ever [sic] may be at fault. Yes the world is hard some fool a brainless unartistic child has thousands sepent [sic] on her education in art & other things and turns out no good and the more she learns the less she knows whilst other who are poor have a real artistic temperment [sic] and a gift for art in many forms and were the same money spent on them they would have their points developed and become genious [sic]. Dear Billie I really am unable to say positively weather [sic] Baby could learn french [sic] easily but I would say that if I judge her as I knew her that time in Chicago, a very quick and sensible & intelligent child who is serious and puts her mind to things for that child it would have been an easy matter and if Nondas has not

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changed it should not be difficult about the accent well unless taught by a Prarisean [sic] she would never aquire [sic] the pure french [sic] accent which of course is very rare for a foreigner unless he has been to Paris or has lived amongst french [sic] people I speak read and write french [sic] fluently but I have a Belgium accent & expressions as I was 2 1/2 years at Ghent in a Bording [sic] School. My advice would be if it were anyway possible if she could be taught by a French person, and if possible if you have any conection [sic] or could live in with a French family so that the ear would get trained to the sound I am living here in a French Boarding house. But I really think it a waste of good money to be taught by a foreigner & only grammar as the aberage [sic] teacher in schools do. A native of France cant [sic] converse and put 5 lessons to one of the others beside the benefit of the real accent By no means waste your money on a American or English person who teaches French it is a fraud and no one can ever learn anything else but a few declinations & a bit of grammar but no real conversation for these people no no [sic] more than a bit of grammar themselves and their accent is a horror.

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I think that sewing and millinery is a wonderfull [sic] thing for a girl to learn weather [sic] a dancer or going in for the proffession [sic] and Nondas should put her heart and soul in it. How is music is it to [sic] expensive or is it possible either piano or violin for Nondas though the lack of being able to put her artistic temprement [sic] into dancing might put great soul and heart into music and make a success that way. Now you ask me about myself I was educated in England, Germany, & Belgium. I was 6 months in a Private school in England About a year & a half in colledge [sic] at Cologne (Köln on the Rhein so I speak read & write gearman [sic]) Then I was 2 1/2 till nearly 3 years in a colledge [sic] at Ghent Belgium Notre Dame de L’Instruction Chretienne) Dooresele & Saint Pierre colleges. Then I took up Oxford & Cambridge examinations but only did the f as far as the first Session as I left the school The [illegible] the Perlimanay [sic] & Junior I passed with honors in French, German & English [illegible], Grammar, Algrebra [sic], Geomerty [sic], History, Geography, Scripture, Drawing, Painting But since I cannot do any of these as I have very sweetly like so many stupid people do I have

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forgotten them and I was never serious have missed the most wonderfull [sic] opportunities. Mama had the best professors for me for Piano and I never practiced I studied Violin & threw it up and painting & drawing all no use I did not appreciate & did not want to learn but how I regret now. Then I came home I was 15 years old for my Easter Holidays as every 3 months I came home for a holiday it cost Mama a fortune in Books clothes & traveling expenses & other pleasure I indulged in, I tell you I am a bad egg. Well I came home for a holiday and refused to return to school, But very interested and wanted to go on the stage well I went to a dancing academy & sent Mama & Bill and I was sick and tired as of everything esle [sic] of dancing in 3 weeks for it meant hard work well I was just going to give it up when I receaved [sic] an offer to dance in theree [sic] performances in the Choeur [sic] de Ballet in Tanhauser [sic] Opera at the Covent garden Op. H. London well as I had never been on the stage I was crazy to go, so I went & that started me going I really got interested to work on the stage but would no practice so two weeks

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later I got an engagement to dance in a quartet you see the managers came to the school & picked me with 3 other girls but & the other had all trained two to theree [sic] years & I only just there 4 weeks to 5. and the mothers kicked  and said it was not fair that I a new girl should get such a good engagement But thoes [sic] managers and [sic] taken a fancy to me and insisted on having me I did not say no although I did not know my right leg from my left so off we went on tour for two month with a women [sic] from the dancing school (Stedman when Pavlova took Hilda Butsova, [name illegible], Phyllis Shellton, Madge Abercrombie, Lucida Liudovskia, and then I came from there with no training), to chaperone us. Then when I return I wanted to work again but no practice so I got another engagement with Mr. Zalegslic [???] from Mme P. Co. who engaged 8 girls but the number only worked two week in this Co I met my husband who was doig [sic] pantomime we got see became very good friends Then I returned home again (London) And there Lydia Kyasht [???] a very famous dancer wanted a women [sic] to play the part of mother in the Ballet Javotte, Well Louis knew he had the

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part of father in the Ballet so brought me to Kyasht I was just a little past 15 with my hair down in curls, and Kyasgt said Oh But I need a women [sic] for pantomime this is only a child, But for fun I’ll see how she does it so she taught me the part and I did all she said the she said to me “I like you I will change this chacter [sic] you shall be my stepmother” and so it was arranged I worked with her for £4 £20 a week. (Big money in England) at the Colicco [???] London with my future husband which I never dreamed of at the time being my husband in the pantomime, well althought [sic] I say it myself or other will tell you they say I was a great success in my part a [sic] Kyasht was crazy about me. Then the war broke out and Count Ragasin Kyasht’s husband left England for Russia, and as she was all alone and we went on tour she had me live with her Louis had in the mean time [sic] left the Co to take an engagement as primier [sic] Dancer in George Edwards’ Musical comedy Gibsy [sic] Lore” Well the tour with Kyasht was wonderfull [sic] she always lived in the Best Hotels had own motor

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and went sight seeing & had £4 pocket money as it cost me not a cent Well we toured for 2 months then return to London where Kyasht who is in the Heart of London Sociaty [sic] took me along to all her invitations dinner parties theater luncheons my it was wonder full [sic] she had some of her Beautifull [sic] Paquin gowns made to fit me and always had my hair dressed and it was like living in Fairly [sic] land Then she desided [sic] to make a huge Euripean [sic] tour as no one thought the war would last we we [sic]  to start at Paris, Berlin, Viana [sic], Budpest [sic] and return to London discharge the Co and I was to go with her to Russia to her Beautifull [sic] estate Castele [sic] Ragosin [sic] near Petrograd and also see Moscow & other important parts of Russia she would hade [sic] adopted me if she could have. Well she did not practice neither did I so I lost all my training the bit I had had. Well the war became very serious and it was impossible to make the tour and all was called of [sic] So Kyasht advised me to go to Pavlova’s Co as I would get a good training and as she would go to a hous [sic] party at Lord Lonsdales’ [sic] estate Lowther Castele [sic] way up in

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north of England so I wrote a letter to “X” in French and Mr. Volinin who I knew spoke for me and I receaved [sic] a telegram to come. Well I was privately interviews at Ivy House London Hampstead Heath and Elustine who saw me dance with Pavlova and Mr. Dandre there too said right away rotten no good. ([illegible] had taught me to read wright [sic] & speak Russian which I have forgotten now) Mr. Dandre knew I understood russian [sic] and said nevermind do not take any notice of him, But X said I had possibilities and engaged me and said I must work hard & try & leave the [illegible] of Dancing so I came to Pavlova’s Co and to the states at first I was all ambition but before two months I never went to classes & they said she take no interest and were very dissapointed [sic] and you know that here I was in Chicago. I could barely do the exercises with Nondas, Then Last August, Pavlova came to see me and took me to Albertines and told me to practice and try & be fit for the coming tour well I went theree [sic] weeks and Albertiny really knocked [illegible] & training into

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me, and when the Co was ready Mr. Dandre said I should be an understudy as I could no [sic] do the work with the other girls but when we started to rehears [sic] they wer [sic] suprised [sic] to find that I had became [sic] at last a dancer and cabable [sic] to do everything with the other girls 3 weeks of Albertiny (to me the most wonderfull [sic] teacher in the world) made me a dancer of no good better than I ever had hope [sic] to be and I was but [sic] into all the work then on tour I got the pantomime parts of mother in Giselle + Magic Flut [sic] I had a very nice write up in the paper last time we worked her [sic] with Pavlova. for the work there, So now I am really for the first time practice [sic] hard and working seriously with heart and soul now after this long and tedious story I think you never will read to here [sic] it will tire you to [sic] much. Yes Mama thinks the wold [sic] of me but such a Good Mama as I have could have deserved a better daughter I am only a lot of trouble & worry & expense and with all training and every thing I only now have brain enought [sic] to be really serious before I was always the lightheaded kid [???] nothing on earth could worry me or bother me & nothing would I do

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with heart & smile & serious Now I regret but what can one do 20 years of my life waisted [sic] and now to [sic] late to learn what I forgot or pick up although in Dancing I am improving & making big headway You want to know where I was borne [sic] Well. I am this Louise Mascot Osboldeston Born August 9th 1896
Born: Lake Titus, Camp Mascot, twelve miles from the nearest city Malone New York States (Lake Titus) is in the Aderondacks [sic] Mountains near the boarder [sic] of Canada and at the time I was boarn [sic] was a wilderness.
Christened at Trinity Church Wall Street N. Y. City
Father. Edwind Pie Osboldeston M.D.      English
Mothe [sic] Louisa White      American
Married Louis Vesely      Czech Bohemian
Chicago August 2nd 1916
Left New York for South American tour with Pavlova
Feb. 8th 1917.
Baby Born Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Dec. 23rd 1916
Mascot Louise Pavlova Vesely
Such is the sad history of my life weep dear friends & be glad thine is not like wise [sic] and as now my head is tired and weary + you ar [sic]

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dreary of hearing from the [illegible] me I will close up for I must write a line yet to Nondas. What would be a letter if one would not talk about the weather. Here we are having mild autumn wether [sic] as winter is now Starting I bought myself a winter hat. I hope to receive a [illegible] only in letter from you and hope dear friend you are able to get a half holiday so you can read this scribble.
With love and kisses and I do hope your health will improve and there is a chance of something coming better if I am not inquisitive what do you work at. As you are an actress could you not get into [illegible] with a Dancing school in Chicago and teach Mimic [???] there. Please write soon and please keep up corresponding to Mama. She likes you.

Again with sincerest and Best Wishes
Your Friend
Mascot

What a Pity I cant [sic] help with anything else but advise if I were near I might be able to help Nondas on a few things.

Letter Thirteen

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Envelope from Mascot's letter to her friend Mrs. Morton. The letter has been opened by the censor.

The envelope has been opened by the censor.

Env. side 1 [dated 27 Feb. 1918]
M. Moskovina
c/o Senor F. Zealenka
531 Calle Coshabamba [sic]
Buenos Aires
Argentine

Mrs. Billie Morton
2150 Lincoln Park Av
Chicago Ill.
United States America
U.S.A.

Envelope from Mascot's letter to her friend Mrs. Morton. The letter has been opened by the censor.

The envelope has been opened by the censor.

Env. side 2
[note: Opened by Censor. No.]

P. 1
Feb 27. 1918
M. Moskovina
c/o Senor Zealenka
531 Calle Coshabamba
Buenos Aires Argentine

My Dear Mrs Morton and dear little Nondas

I think there is such a saying as this “As the Hill will not come to Mohammed, Mohammed must go to the Hill” Well the same thing is here as you people refuse or will not or wont not or do not wish to write to me I must again write to you as to my letter from Rio and my two letters here one with a picture of myself and another a cliping [sic] to all of which you still

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keep mute and silence why all this [illegible] for by now you should be able to have answered even by a post card such pressing letters as mine. Mama wrote to me that you had written to her and the extracts of her letter concerning you are as following: – “If Mrs. Morton was here, I am sure I should like her, and we’d be good friends, for you know how I am, I dont [sic] like to make friends of every body, I keep very aloft and find it is much better for one finds in the long run there are so very very few really true friends People are jealous if one is successful and glory if one has a downfall isnt [sic] that so.”—. So you made a very good impression on Mama I told you so for even from your photo Mama liked you very much your natures are

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a little alike thats [sic] why I like you so much I would not be rash to say but I think really you and Mama would be very true friends. I do a lot of exercising now as now is the slack time and we are preparing for the Season. I soppose [sic] you received all the letters so I need not repeat that I had been working here with Mr. Jacoveleff a very fine Russian Dancer who left Pavlova’s Co here. The rumor is that Pavlova has put the whole Co in a big home in Porto [sic] Rico when they are rehearsing new numbers etc. And “X” and Mr. Dandre were in New York. Also that Mme. PX. is having a young girl from Russian [sic] coming down and that this girl almost 18-19 who has just finished at the

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Imperial school is her own daughter Anyway she is going star this girl and only have her Dance about 3 times a week. They are to come Down here in one or two months. Also Sarah Bernard with Albertina Rash [sic] and Kobeleff who formerly used to be in “X” Co I think you must know him he danced Pradeskie [sic] Minuet with Stephen. Well dear folks I am wanting to hear from you the last letter was last Jully [sic] 1917 which I received in Santiago de Chili [sic] I am really glad to hear you wrote to Mama thank you very much also I am not worried about any more as you must be all right yet if you wrote there. With Love and

Kisses from Mascot.