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Dean C. H. Rieber,
University of Calif., L.A.,
Dear Dean Rieber:
The leaves are all falling here—(it's a strange sight to me); the temperature is dropping little by little every day as the brisk north winds come sweeping in; the squirrels are scurrying about the "yard" in their last far-sighted efforts to store up provender for the winter, after which they will "dig in";—everything here seems to be done with the idea in mind of "getting ready for winter". It's odd to me, this laying so much stress on a mere season of the year. Out there we scarcely have seasons at all. So I'm looking forward to my first winter here with a rather keen anticipation.
I have been listening very interestedly, if not enthusiastically, to the lectures of Professors Wilson, Yeomans, Munro and MacIlwain for five weeks now—those weeks have flown by like the winds. We are just beginning to hit our academic stride here now and the work becomes more interesting daily. Likewise more difficult and more of it. Harvard is a great place, and though it isn't the sort of place that makes an immediate impression, it seems to "grow" on one day by day, and I know that by the time that I have spent a year here I shall like it very well.
California at Los Angeles is exceptionally well represented here, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Those of us who are new arrivals find it very helpful to accept the advice of our older and more experienced Bruin brethern. Among those who have just entered this fall are: Erwin Reynolds, John Horowitz, Harry Turkel and George Plum, in the Graduate School; Wm. Sindram and Elwood
― 2 ―Childers, in the Law School. The second and third year men include Frank Balthis, Fred Houser, Edwin Boyd, Jas. Robbins, George Robbins, Merwyn Kraft, Dave Ridgeway and Max Halsey. Dr. Sly and also Mrs. Sly, are exceptionally kind to all of us, and for the first few days of the semester, before we had all gotten definitely located, their suite of rooms at the Commander Hotel was the official "headquarters" for the California contingent.
We are all pulling for the Bruin to win its first and last Southern Conference football championship this fall. The few western papers which are forwarded now and then to some of us here are shared with the others and read with avid interest. Harvard must be content to boast of its intellectual achievements this year for the football team is pathetic.
I have definitely decided to cast my lot in the realm of the scholarly rather than the purely legal, and from now on will bend every effort toward the attainment of the Ph.D. The conversations which I was fortunate enough to have during my trip this summer, with some of the leaders of my race, influenced me considerably in making the decision. That trip was an education in itself to me and it has revealed to me the tremendous amount of work there is for each of us to do during our short stay on earth.
I have not forgotten, nor shall I, that
"The soul can split the sky in two
Please extend my best personal respects to Mrs. Rieber, and to my many fellow-Californians and friends. We are all rabidly loyal back here. When the pressure of studies permits I shall write again.
Trusting you are enjoying the best of health and with all kind remembrances for the great things you have done for me, I am
/s/ Ralph Bunche