[Letter to Clara Breed from Fusa Tsumagari, Arcadia, California, May 8, 1942]
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May 8, 1942
Gift of Elizabeth Y. Yamada
1 letter and envelope from Fusa Tsumagari to Clara Breed.
May 8, 1942/Dear Miss Breed,/Thank you for the letter, which I received yesterday. Mrs. Araki certainly was pleased to receive those pictures. The reason I didn't ask for my picture was that I hadn't seen it yet. I certainly would be glad to have a copy. /In regards to your contemplated trip to Santa Anita Saturday--I certainly would be glad to see you, but under the circumstances I don't believe that would be possible. You see, it's like this: According to regulations here, the inductee must apply for a permit for her friend to visit at least five days in advance. She must also send a letter or post card to the friend telling them the day and hour in which to come. This letter acts as a pass for the friend. The visiting hours are between two and four any day. I have to pass two gates in order to see you, and cannot get pass them without a pass. Don't you think it would be a better idea if you postponed your trip one more week? If you will write to me and let me know the exact date of your trip about a week in advance I certainly would be glad and able to see you./I enjoyed hearing about the San Diego blackout. I have had two other letters telling me about it. One had a clipping about the lady who turned on the shower instead of the tub water and got all wet! Another one told me about her sister jumping into bed with her, and in her mad scrambling pulling and breaking the curtain rod. Some people certainly get excited don't they!/The day the signing for sugar rations came up all of us thought "Well, at least we won't have to stand in line for that!" The first week we were here, we were just sick of standing in line to wait for things, but now we don't give it another thought!/My sister is here and lives quite a distance from us but close to the place I work. I am working as timekeeper--a very soft job, but it takes up most of my day. Since the month is over, some of us are supposed to get paid. No one knows how we are going to get paid or when. It's really funny because everyone is passing rumors and yet no one knows./I asked my sister if she knew Mrs. Minshall and Mrs. Fletcher. She evidently pictured someone in her mind, but couldn't put it with the name. All she said was "Probably, I knew them by their maiden name." Could that be true? Well, my sister has a terrible memory for names, but not faces. /When you come up would you please bring me some magazines (old ones will do) and a Gregg shorthand book which was copyrighted in 1936, and some sweets. I'll repay you when my first check comes. /Sincerely/Fusa Tsumagari/P.S. Please tell Miss McNary hello for me and give her my best regards.
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