Dear Bower:

I've thought often of you since my return home, and especially of our evening of comradeship. That sort of thing does not happen often to either of us, but during a long life I've had a few glorious times with friends whom I respected and admired and who respected me. I think of such comrades with a peculiarly warm affection and a sense of obligation — and you are one of them.

You said several things that I recall clearly and with gratefulness. For instance, you quoted your Lucile as saying that I'm a good man. That is something to remember, and I do want it to be true. Also, you made me feel that you care for me. As a matter of fact, you said as much, and I returned the compliment heartily.

Po More power to you, Comrade — and many thanks for your goodness to this old man.


John Neihardt
John Neihardt Route 7 Columbia, Mo.
COLUMBIA, MO. AUG 25 12-M 1962
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Dr. Bower Aly, 1138 22nd Ave., East, BoxEugene, Oregon