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September 16, 1927

Mr. Tsai Ting-Kan
[?]2 Yamachiro Cho
Dairen, Manchuria

My dear Mr. Tsai:

On my return to Andover after my summer holiday, I find
your good letter of August 5 and note the delay that has occurred in the
receipt of letter which I earlier mailed you. I am glad that these
have finally reached their destination, though I am not quite sure that
all of them have gone through.

Helen and Alfred have both returned from their summer
camps and are passing a few days with Dr. and Mrs. Nye in South Wey-
mouth. Helen called me up on the phone last night, and I expect them
back here to-morrow or the first of the coming week. They will have
another week or two on their hands before the next school year opens for
them. It is very difficult to plan wisely for these broken periods that
occur between the close of the regular school year and the opening of sum-
mer camps and again the close of the summer camp season and the opening
of the new school year. It has been my experience with all of my Chi-
nese wards that these periods are not only the most difficult to handle
wisely but are likely also to prove the most expensive.

I have decided to send Alfred back to the Mont Vernon
School for the coming year, and for the reasons already explained in my
earlier letters and of which you have been good enough to express your
personal apporval. Plans for Helen's work this year have not yet been fully consummated, but I shall take her over within a few days to Brad-
ford Academy, one of the best of our New England schools for girls, and
discuss with the authorities there whether she is ready for work of that
grade. Bradford has recently developed what is known as a Junior College
course which carries the pupil through work approximating the work of
Freshman and Sophomore years in the regular colleges. It is designed to
give a well rounded education to those who do not wish or are not seeming-
ly qualified to do the higher college work. I am inclined to think that
something of this sort would be well suited for Helen, since you do nto
favor, apprantly, the regular college course for her. I am not sure,
however, that she has had enough work to date to enable her to undertake
such a course, and it may [been?] wise, therefore, to allow her to return to
the Whittier School for still another year's preparation. Mrs. Russell,
the principal of that school, feels that Helen should have this extra
year there, and I would favor it myself, and perhaps unreservedly, if it
were not for the fact that most of the girls there are distinctly young-
er than helen and I am anxious to ahve her enjoy the companionship of
more girls of her own age.

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