Florence, Monday, April 26th

We arose at 6 o’clock and, at 8, the “Facchino” called for our grips and found us a nice place in the train. We also had good company, a young man and his mother from California, who were fellow passengers on the Barbarossa, Grace and Miss M. came, too, and got into the car before us. It was a very pleasant ride of about 5 1/2 hours, and we landed on time.

I had written to the “Helvetia Hotel,” and it feels good to get into a nice hotel for a change again. We had to pay on $23.00, including tips, for our six-day stay in the Pension of Miss Hall in Rome, and I have written to another one in Venice, where Miss Hall says a young lady will act as our guide.

We all went to the hotel and got nice rooms. After a good wash, we took a look around and were glad to find the streets less noisy and cleaner and nicer all around. A good dinner and a concert in the Smoking Room, and we were all ready to go to bed.

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Dining room at the Hotel Helvetia, Florence.

Oh yes, of course we rushed to Cook’s, and I received your letter of March 31st forwarded from Capri, and at the P.O., I received Becker’s letter of the 15th in which he speaks of one you wrote on the 13th, and which I hope to get to-morrow. Also received the Post Dispatch, April 11th, and looked at it, but did not read much, as we are kept so busy.

Tell Brother Becker many thanks for letter, which I will answer by a Postal as he sees all of my letters to you, I suppose. Have an invitation from Prof. Stroeter to stay with them.

And now, good night, I expect a busy day to-morrow. Hope to hear all about your Auto. of which Brother B. writes. All send love, Grace says she is true to you.

Dad

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Billiards salon and bar at the Hotel Helvetia, Florence.

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