12 Charleville Circus
April 2nd 1914
My dear Mother
I am glad to hear you have at last got a servant and hope she will prove satisfactory and stay. I have got leave off for a day to attend Arthur’s wedding. I did not feel at all certain I should get it. I hear today that we may take the Saturday before Easter off providing we put in work for that day. I may therefore get down for Easter if I can find time to put in the extra work. We are now working overtime, and there is certain to be a great pressure of work between now and Easter.
I had heard from Aunt Lottie that she was going to Italy. It is becoming almost an annual visit now. I have been reading a quite amusing book entitled “Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town” by Stephen Leacock. The author is a Canadian and quite a humourist. The little town he describes is imaginary but is supposed to represent any small town in the Eastern provinces of Canada.
The political situation continues in a very interesting state. It seems to me that the Government have made such an awful hash of things that it will take several years to clear up the mess whatever happens at the election and whatever government comes into power. I may very probably go to Hyde Park on Saturday for the demonstration. There is sure to be a big crowd.
I suppose the blossom will soon be out now. All the trees here look ready to burst into leaf.
With love to all.
I remain your affectionate son
John D Sladden