From Lars Magnus to Hilda, May 18 1900

Paris, May 18, 1900

My dear Hilda!

Thank you for your most welcome letters #13 and 14. Hope your back pain is not long-lasting.
Our three days here have mostly been spent on the exhibition, and since the area is so large, we have not yet had time for much, though we still were completely exhausted come evening. My greatest pleasure has been having Gustaf here. He seems in good health and has excellent appetite and in good spirits. Neither of us speaks much, but understand one another nevertheless. Gustaf has what seems a slight homesickness and asks now and then when I believe we can travel home, something that probably can not happen earlier than next week and feel that the time will be too short for a detour to Switzerland, thus meaning that we will make the journey home as direct as possible and instead use the time here.

The latter is necessary for several reasons as I have not even seen our own exhibition, covered as it is. If you lift the cover nothing other than a thick layer of  lime and cement dust which should not be touched as long as neither the ceiling or floor are ready. In addition there is no light either and what little daylight there is only enough to let us walk on the paths past our place. Shortly after our arrival at the exhibition on Tuesday there was a fire, which has also created some problems, though as luck would have it none of us were hurt though it was in an underground room quite near our place. The paraphernalia for the fountain lights were installed in this underground room and the fire is thought have occurred when a larger transformer caught fire.

Yesterday they began to calcimine the ceiling over our site and to asphalt the paths alongside. Hope that the covers will be removed the next few days and the dusting can begin. So far there is nothing to see in the telephone section – the Americans are just beginning to unpack their cases and I have found nothing worth noting in the German area. However, I hope that things will pick up the next few days and that something will turn up both here and there that can be of interest.
Weman wants to get away and it would interest me to discover when Knut Ericsson is expected, as jury member it would have serve to show him what we have before all of us leave.

Think often about our dear Anna and have told Gustaf the basics in Nyberg’s report – it seemed that he had already expected something similar, but had not yet mentioned more than that he did not wish to talk about S. and that when he met Gustaf Weman the first evening they had agreed never to touch on the subject. It certain, however, that Gustaf as we do have great sympathy for Anna.
However, at the same time Gustaf (possibly through information from W.) thinks that S. will use all means available and shun nothing to cause us trouble and if possible injury. However desirable legal evidence would be, it seems unpleasant if additional persons were mixed up in this situation. Right now Gustaf is telling that he dreamt about S. and the odd thing is that what Gustaf dreamt while he slept agrees with what I often dream while awake. Hope that our dear Anna girds herself with patience, that time heals and that a kindly Providence grants Anna a more worthy happiness than the one she is giving up.

Right now it is time to return to the exhibition, though from the efforts of previous days our legs are rather stiff and reluctant to undertake long walks.

Most hearty greetings to Anna, little Lalle and Mother self from
Your affectionate L.M. and Gustaf

PS Please send greetings to theOffice. And it nice of you to write a few line to the old man Lay Assessor Mr. Erik Andersson Wegerbol Wermskog.
Quickly then a host of kisses from a Husband and Father 

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