THE VENEZUELAN OIL CONCESSIONS LTD.
June, 15th 1928
It is great to be in tune with the fine weather we are now
having. Really I have never been in better health... as my work
is rolling along smoothly, everything looks bright to me. I
have never written very much about our leisure time pleasures,
so while I am in the mood it might be interesting to you.
The Club Commitee of course, is in charge of all entertainment,
sports, bar etc. In the case of sports; each sport section has
its committee member to represent them. I believe at this time
there are five sections of sprts – i.e. golf, base-ball,
cricket, foot-ball and tennis. In addition to this they have
committee representatives of purchasing, dancing, music and
transportation. The Club organization functions smoothly and
of course the card is full at all times. Last evening I saw
“Alias the Deacon” and a few days ago “The
Campus Flirt”. Both films were very good. The cinema shows
here are quite different from anything of its kind in the States
– its best you come along with me Noisy, and I’ll
explain as we go.
Arriving at the club we enter a large well furnished and well
lighted dance pavilion. There are six rows of tables with five
tables to the row and four chairs for each. They are all set
with fans, drinking-pads, and ash-trays. Although the hall is
surrounded with electric fans, you will find the service fans
are welcome as well. You will notice that different groups will
be talking in several languages; that the women are just as
free with their drinking as the men and as time goes on you
will see a lot of flushed faces and an atmosphere of general
good feeling. The catering is done by four native waiters in
whites --- so to start with we will make use of the electric
button to call a boy. Perhaps you will like a gin and bitters
so early after dinner? – I would suggest a Vermouth. For
myself, a cold glass of beer will do. You will notice there
is no fumbling for the check; that everyone seems eager to buy
and in turn you too, will join in this thing. An exchange of
the news of the days work and a bit of gossip and we are all
set for our second round of drinks. In the interval you have
noticed that the native waiters have been real busy. That the
piano or victrola is doing its best and the tables are all taken
and the waiters are arranging chairs in the rear of the hall
for the overflow crowd.
It will do you good to see the Spirit of good fellowship among
the people in the Club. This for the reason that blood is much
thicker among the white people in the Tropics. After all we
are all in the same boat when it comes to trouble. – We
have our third drink and we are ready to settle back and sip
during the first reel. Noisy, did you notice what I was wearing?
Khaki shirt, khaki trousers and a pair of Chinese slippers with
no socks. You will notice many others with a like outfit. On
the completion of each reel time is taken out for service and
another buzz of conversation. You will notice the increasing
number of men visiting the bar which adjoins the hall and every
now and then you will recognize a strain or two of the “Old
Songs” – in fact a medley of “Ober All”,
“The Faterland” and “Katie”. Each group
in the bar will be augmented by their kind until the wee small
hours they go their happy way home.
Well, did you enjoy you first visit to the Club? Did you think
it would be otherwise? Sorry to have taken so much time in just
going to a movie, but it is much more common place when it becomes
a habit. Some time I will tell you more of our entertainment
or will take you into the Monte or a trip down the Lake ---
just now I am coming back to work with a jerk. Rest assured
I am OK in every way and you have my permission to use any of
my letters as you wish.
P.S. I have just heard that the Town of Lagunillas is on fire.
I went to the window and although it is located about fifty
kilometers from here, the smoke is plainly visible.