/-?7 MM SINCLAIR LEWIS 2601 EAST SECOND ST. DULUTH 5, MINNESOTA Wednesday June 13 The house shimmers and glistens, all ready; Lillian and her friend, the new maid, Mable — 45, handsome, quiet, efficient, very civilized, a wonderful treasure, now being finally polished in the ways of the Master by Mrs. Povah — Lillian, I say, and Mable and a brisk white by-the-day are making sandwiches and deviled eggs and lobster salad in the kitchen; colored Eddie, from The Club, is shaking gold dust off his white Jacket and lining up two cases of Bourbon down at the bar, where he will serve, and at once keep the elite of Duluth from getting too much and apparently give them lots of highballs and cocktails; flowers from Mrs. Salyard and Mrs. Dancer disport themselves on the really lovely drawing-room's tables, and all draws toward nine o'clock when some 30 curiosity-ridden Duluthlans will come £o housewares the warm house and snoop and yell.....aM Judge Nolan has promised not to drink a thing....and the basement -C_(<&oirM playrooflLhas been repainted a lively red...and my annual party Is on. Then, tomorrow, Ace and I take your mother for a five- day tour of the lovely hill country down along the St. Croix, which you saw, and the farther Southeastern corner of the state, jSJajJMi in the Root River valley, where kobold-filled Schwartzwald little valleys sneak off in all directions. And a week from today I give the first of five lectured at the State teachers College, and a week from tomorrow, Micky arrives for maybe two weeks — he is taking part of his outing with Dorothy's sister, Aunt Peggy, in Chicago. So mapy highly important nothingnesses going on and none of them excite me so much as the- fact that we may have a week together on Cape Cod in September, and that you may be having a hundredaweek Job with Leland Hayward. Today, you said, is the day you see him; I hope to hear. It would be an excellent step to possibly quite high editorial positions, and I hope you take it if he offers as much as $75 a week — though not if he offers less. You would learn a vast lot....Study prices especially — have a mental schedule of all even ■&-Important writers and what they would get.