Read all day. Did 1 period of Carpentry. After German came home and continued reading. I wrote to Ellis again. I bet he is peeved at me for being so frightfully prompt. He is an I.C.S. judge. D.S. judge over the 24 Parganas in Alipore. He lives at 7/2 Short St. A fat Englishman. He’s been a friend of the family’s for about 14 yrs. and a grand friend he is too. I tell him all my troubles. He keeps them to himself only he sometimes makes rather embarrassing remarks about what I’ve told him about my girlfriends. Still, he’s the best friend I’ve had. He is single and his dog “Vic” is the only girl he loves. He and Dad “roast” each other every time they meet. Dad gets it for not dressing well enuf and Ellis gets it for his manners and for being fat. Still they manage to get along peacefully on the surface.
[So interesting he wrote this as if someone else would read it! And love the description of relationship between his dad and Ellis. Not sure what I.C.S. stands for – Indian Civil Service? – but Googling it found this background on Ellis:
(1894) Chief Justice of East Bengal. Son of Rev. Herbert Ellis. Educated at Manchester Grammar School, and graduated from Queen’s College, Oxford (1917). Entered ICS in 1919. After having served as Sub-Divisional Officer in various districts, he became Additional District and Sessions Judge of Jessore (then part of India, currently in Bangladesh), Chairman of Conciliation Board (1938), and Special Officer of Air Raid Precaution (ARP), Bengal (1942). Became Additional Judge of High Court, Kolkata, (1944-47), Judge of High Court of East Bengal (1947-53), and Chief Justice of East Bengal (1953-54). Temporary Governor of Purbo (East) Bengal (21 September – 22 December 1954) when Iskander Mirza was Minister. Presided over inquiry into police firing during 1952 Language Movement. Knighted by British Government in January 1953. Served as Officer on Special Duty, Government of Pakistan (1955-57). Born in Farsley, near Leeds, UK.]