The conference at Ames went OK. Alas, Plough had been called to Washington and is scheduled to talk sometime in July. He had
not turned in an outline so I can send you nothing but a conference program for Bruce. We'll have to wait for a year to
read what Plough will say.
Volume 5 of Heredity was being bound at Ames so I'll have to wait till Sept. to find out what Lewis has found. I did get
a chance to read Case's paper on whale blood and I must agree, if his work can be confirmed, the N2 fixation is to be
attributed to bacterial contaminants. I introduce the qualification because Case's finding that sterile blood fixes no
N2 is in direct contradiction with the claim of Laurie that fixation is not a function of bacterial presence.
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Now that Ames is passed we can really feel that our vacation has begun. The first night out we camped on a point extending
into one of Minnesotas [sic] thousands of uninhabited lakes. An uninhibited swim before supper, a hearty wood-fire-cooked
meal and a pipe afterwards quickly removed the grime and the weariness of the day's drive. Among the wildlife we enjoyed
were a sporting otter and a loon who laughed for us during the night.
Betty and I very much enjoyed our visit with you last week. We only wish it had been longer and that we had been able to see
more of Bruce as well, and not only under conditions of evening fatigue. Hope we can see you on the way back, either in Madison
again or in New York