Oct 6th 1881
Mr Wm Rankin
Your kind note enclosing Check of One hundred & fifty dollars has been recived & if not promptly acknowledged the blame is with the Star" route Investigators for we only have mail now from Mt Idaho when we send a man for it.
We made a visit to Portland during our vacation & feel now quite refreshed & read for our work. Our Ss are open again but will not be full while this pleasant weather lasts. It is hard for the Indian to stay within doors & the shun shining so kindly upon their Mother (as they call the earth.)
Please say to Dr L. that I will reply to his kind letter as soon as Gov. S opens here.
Will know then whether all the children can be cared for in the fine new S building at
Lapwai. Am now enjoying the Drs book & think him very wise not only on the
working of Missions but of missionaries as well. I expect to send this down by some of the
favored Ones who go to Presbytery. I often wish the poor women could see beyond the
Reservation. I will close with another three months have passed not a very graceful not
Very truly Yours
Kate C. McBeth