Alfred and Helen TSAI Box 27 Folder 3

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PLEASE TRANSCRIBE HANDWRITTEN DOCUMENTS FIRST. TYPED ONES ARE INCLUDED FOR HISTORICAL CONTEXT BUT WILL BE TRANSCRIBED USING OCR. ALFRED PO KANG and HELEN TSAI || Alfred was born January 10, 1912 and was from 146 Ebisu Cho, Darien, Manchuria. His father was Admiral Tingkan Tsai, Chinese Education Mission student in 1873. Before attending Andover, he studied at Stearns School in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire. Class of 1933, he attended Phillips Academy September 18, 1928 to June 13, 1930 but left with his course incomplete. His courses included Algebra 1, English 1 and 2, French 1 both years, and Science 2 Lower year. He lived at 59 Salem Street with Mrs. Erving during his Junior and Lower years. He worked for the National City Bank of New York in Peking, where he lived at 1 Tuan Koo, Nan Chih Tze (as of 1937). || Phillips Academy Principal Al Stearns was legal guardian of HELEN TSAI, who attended Whittier School (Merrimac, Massachusetts), 1927-1928, and St. Mary's School (Peekskill, New York), 1928-1929.

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St Mary's School Peekskill, N.Y. Dec. 9. 1928.

[rubber stamp Received DEC 11 1928 Answered tick symbol File Tsai]

Dear Dr. Stearns:-

Mrs Nye wrote me yesterday. She said she would like to have Alfred and I come down to her home to spend the Christmas vacation and also she said she is going to write to you and ask for your permission. Dr Stearns, please let me know after you decided it.

They have a bazzar in St. Mary's School every year before Christmas. Because they stared a new gumnasium a few years

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ago, but they didn't have enough money to finish it, so they think it would be wise for selling all kinds of things and earn some money from that. There were a great many guests who came here to buy things. We began to sell things from 11 A.M. until 5 P.M. I helped one of our teachers to sell things and exchanged the money for the guests, I really didn't know how many times for running back and forth in the study hall. I wish you could see me then. I heard they said we make more than twelve hundred dollars yesterday.

To-day is very cold here because it was snowing last

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night. But we hope tomorrow will be a fine day.

With all kind wishes,

Very sincerely yours Helen Yk Tsai

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WESTERN UNION

re H Tsai

Received at 58 MAIN ST, ANDOVER, MASS5 61B X 11

PEEKSKILL NY 543PM DEC 19 1928

DR A E STEARNS

PHILLIPS ACADEMY ANDOVER MASS

HELEN WILL TAKE TEN OCLOCK TRAIN THURSDAY REACH BOSTON THREE THIRTY

SISTER MARY ANTONY 630PM

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December 11, 1928

Sister Mary Antony Saint Mary's School Peekskill, New York

My dear Miss Antony:

I am very grateful to you for your prompt and most helpful reply to my recent letter of inquiry. I am glad, also, to have the report of Helen Tsai's scholarship standing to date and to find that Helen has been proving a satisfactory member of your school community.

My own feeling just now is that Helen will probably be much better off to make her headquarters with you for the Christmas holiday season, though I do not for a moment wish to ask anything unreasonable. Before I decide the question definitely, I am going to find out from Mrs. Nye in South Weymsuth whether she has any plans or wishes that would tend to alter my judgment. I wish I could provide for both Helen and her brother here in Andover, but this does not seem practicable or wise. I imagine, though, that she and her brother both will wish to have a part of their vacation together, and in that case, South Weymouth would be the natural meeting point. If, as you have suggested, you are planning to visit Boston after Christmas, I should judge that the South Weymouth visit could most satisfactorily be planned for that period.

Again thanking you most sincerely for the help you have given me, and trust that I may be able to advise you a bit more definitely within the next few days, believe me

Very sincerely yours,

AES/C

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SAINT MARY'S SCHOOL MOUNT SAINT GABRIEL PEEKSKILL, N.Y.

December 7, 1928

[rubber stamp Received Dec 11 1928 Answered 12/11 File Sister Mary Antony re Helen Tsai & sent to Mrs Nye]

Dr. Alfred E. Stearns Phillips Academy Andover, Mass.

My dear Dr Stearns:

I am in receipt of your letter of December 5th in regard to Helen's Christmas holidays. I shall be very glad to have her spend the time here if she could be happy in so doing. We will probably have four other children, so that she would not be alone. Whenever any children spend their vacations here we make a special point of planning something for their interest and amusement.

It will be possible to send Helen to New York for several days to visit the museums and other places of interest. I think that she would enjoy doing this.

If this plan meets with your approval I shall be only too glad to do anything that I can for Helen for she has been a very acceptable member of our household. She has been very conscientious in her work and in carrying out every school regulation. We have all enjoyed having her here.

If it seems best to you for her to spend a part of her holiday in South Weymouth I think it could be so arranged that she could have company to Boston. If she went the day school closes she would have the companionship of several other pupils on their way to different points in New England. Soon after Christmas I shall probably go to Boston for a week, possibly longer. I think a trip to Boston could be planned quite satisfactorily for Helen.

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