Mary Rozet Smith to Stanley Ross Linn, June 26-27, 1923



June 26.

Dear Stanley

I hope you will not have been too greatly shocked by the press reports of your Aunt Jane's illness. She had an accident two weeks ago -- was thrown from her rickshaw in Peking -- and has had a badly bruised and strained arm. It has given her a good deal of pain and she discovered a few days ago that a sensation of discomfort in her right breast was due, not to the general bruising from the fall but to a small tumor. We called a doctor at once. He advised a prompt operation and we came to Tokyo as we believed it to have the best hospital and surgeons. There has been a consultation, Dr. Kubo -- a Japanese surgeon very [highly] [page 2] spoken of, who is to operate, Dr. Webb, naval surgeon (U.S.A.) and Dr. Sato a very illustrious surgeon at the Imperial University here. They agree that there must be an operation and all consider amputation of the breast necessary as they seem to distrust any tumor in the breast when the patient is a woman of your Aunt Jane's age. She is very calm and cheerful and I have just left her at the hospital going to sleep quite peacefully. The operation will be at eight tomorrow morning. Your Aunt Jane likes the surgeon and the hospital. They promise us good nurses and I believe every condition is favorable for a successful operation and speedy recovery. I will add a word to this after the operation tomorrow. And I'll try to get a cable to you. [page 3]


OSAKA June 27

The best of news! The tumor was benign and while they insisted on the radical operation and there are hard days ahead -- hard weeks and months, I fear, nothing matters for it is not cancer.

I have cabled you the good news -- Love to you all

Affectionately Yours