October 2, 1918 Jim Cawley to JSA


  • October 2, 1918 – Jim Cawley (A. W. Shaw Company, NYC) to JSA

Dear Apperson:

As I told you when I saw you last on Phantom Island, I would drop in to see you on the day that I hit Schenectady. But unfortunately I was unable to get in touch with you. I spent three hours with the Advertising Department and called your department, but found that you were home ill. After I left the plant I looked up your name in the telephone directory, but failed to find it: so was unable to have a talk with you.

The day that I left on my cruise north, September 16th, there was a man who rowed over to the Island and proceeded to help himself to your motor boat equipment. I noticed that he had the crank and a can of grease and several other miscellaneous items. I did not know whether he had a right to be there or not, and I asked if he had. He said yes, that he was from Jay Taylor’s gang. However, I had my doubts and thought you would like to know about it in case there was anything wrong or missing. As I remember the man, he was about 5’8” – dark hair – and wore a new tan-colored, heavy-weight, double breasted flannel suit.

You probably noted that during my entire eight days’ cruise I had but one clear day, and when I passed the Sirens Islands and also Big Harbor, the rain was coming down in torrents, so I was unable to get the pictures you wanted. I am sorry about this, but I thought you perhaps might have an opportunity to get them some time this fall when the weather finally cleared up.

I do not know when I will get to Schenectady again, but I should like to have a talk with you regarding the article on the work that has been done on the Islands. In other words, to come right out with it, I want to borrow some of your excellent photographs to tone up the article, to make up for my lack of ability to write. Perhaps some time when you do have time, you could get together what you think I would need and let me know, but I think that within a month or son I may get around your way again and I shall certainly look you up, as I will have more time than I had on my last trip.

Hoping to see you sometime again – and asking you to give my kindest regards to Mr. Rushmore, I am

Yours for the Fourth Liberty Loan,

James S. Cawley