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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1918.
Seeing The Pleasant
Things "Over There"
Yonng American Soldier Who Writes
Delightful Descriptive Letters To
His Mother Of The Interesting
Things He Sees And Experiences
A number of interesting letters
from Franco have been handed to us
by a lady whose son has been with
the American forces over there for
some months. Wc gladly publish
them, together with a short introduc
tion by herself. Ed.
It has occurred to me that mothers
who have boys in France, may be in
terested in these letters from my boy.
The Irregularity of mail from Eur
ope, often causes a disappointment
here to one who may, for that reason
be glad to get these glimpses of the
life, scenery, and places over there.
Then, too, there isn't a doubt in my
mind that, at times, when the stars
or moonlight, or sunsets talk 'special
ly to them, and the lonesome, home
tick feeling comes, that all the sons,
way off there, are saying to the moth
ers here, perhaps, boy-like, truly in
'their hearts, but nevertheless, saying
it, Just about what mine writes.
Am I, then, giving pleasure by shar
ing? Box "W. W." Maui News, Wailuku.
Sept. 14, 191S.
Some Where in France.
I am counting the days until I can
hear from you, but know it will be
well into Oct. before you can answer
my last the mails take so long to go
and come between Europe and Cali
fornia. Throughout this sad anniversary
time you are on my mind every
minutes and my dream of dreams is
to look forward to the time I can go
back to you and be your boy and a
real comfort, something which I
haven't been in the past. But please
put my mistakes to my youth.
This life here in France is bound
to be good for a fellow. We all get
lonesome and homesick, but then, we
have lots of good jolly times together.
There are some dandy fellows, whom
I have made firm friends with, and we
make the most of our hardships here
for later, when we go up to the
front, we'll probably have things
much worse. But every night at sun
set, I look over into that glorious glow
in the west, and say: "she is right
over there and she loves me, and
she is the dearest one on earth to me,
so I'm not going to dread the German
I've been thinking co much of you,
that I've made up a little rhyme and
I'm going to send it. Don't laugh, I
know how particular you are about
feet, meter and everything.
It is you, just you, I'm loving
! In that land across the sea;
Through the softness of the twilight,
You come stealing close to me.
I can almost feel your dearest lips,
I can see your tender eyes,
As they glow across the sunset
With a light that never dies."
. N. B. This is my first poem. You are
my theme. It may be bum, but I
mean it all.
We have had much rainy weather
lately but the last few days have been
perfect and when the weather is fine,
. . France is exquisite.
Friday, Costy and I went into ;
It was Costy's birthday so we cel-
- ebrated by taking a bath (!) and see
ing the sights. We went to the
i Cathedral and the old chateau in
' which Louis XIV imprisoned his twin
'.' brother. We saw the chains, also
. the guide pointed out knicks made by
the arrows, of the Norman's. Of
course we took his word for it all,
and he took our francs. We had lunch
at a cafe, very popular with the A. E.
F., men. We had the most perfect
. tomato salad (and when I get home
I'll show you how to make real French
dressing) French fried potatoes and
eggs fried. (The French word for
eggs is, "oeufs" and the Yanks call it
"woofs,") to say nothing of steak, and
yards of French bread, etc. I ate
so much that I became alarmed and
Costy swore I had worms.
In the p. m. we visited a museum
which is in a former royal palace; it
used to be the home of Marie de Med
ici. Wje walked thro' miles of wonderful
sculp tuary and paintings I saw one
original Raphael, one original Van
Dyke, four Watteans, two Tenniers,
an exquisite Jean Baptiste and a
Titian not to mention countless other
We "did" the town thoroughly and
I used my "near French" at every op
portunity. I really believe it is im
proving. I spend, all my spare mo
, ments with a grammar The
news of the magnificent American ad
vance has simply thrilled everyone.
The French people are wild with en
thusiasm and we can't think or talk
anything else. We expect them to go
right on and take Mctz and oh! if I
were only at the front. I can hardly
wait. We are to go soon.
The Capt. told me this morning that
I am to be sent to the base hospital
tomorrow, and I won't have a chance
to write you for quite a while as I'll
be very busy down there and won't
get a minute to write letters. Only
think! when I come back to you, I'll
be a full fledged .
Oct. 1st, 1918,
I have an hour, before mess call
blows, and that I'll devote to you ,
and let anyone dare interrupt his
name is "mud"
Today I am 21 years old and there
isn't n soul round who gives a hang
whether I am or not, so it isn't much
like a birthday. Not like some of
those happy birthdays I had with you
and Dad, and in the warmness and
protection of your love; how little did
I realize what hardships I'd be going
through on my 21st, birthday.
You see my thoughts are running to
cosy warm places just now. You will
understand when I tell you that I
never have been so freezing!' cold in
my life. The cold here in France is
positively penetrating it goes complete
ly to one's bones. This a. m. I put
on my heavy winter underwear, and
I am still so cold I can hardly hold
this pen. Somewhat of a change
from California and Florida!
Cousin-Colonel Alden B , wrote
me the most cordial letter a bit
flattering considering his rank. He
had been trying to locate me looked
in wrong regiment. He had a big car
all lo himself, on a trip over western
France and had, arranged for me to
go with him. Says he is coming down
to see me again, soon. Hope he ar
rives in another "big car" and feels
the need of company.
Oct. G, 1918
Today we were thrilled with the
news that Germany and Austria are
asking Wilson for an armistice, and
agreeing to restore Belgium, etc. etc.
Anyway, the general opinion over here
is that the war will be over by Xmas.
How I hope so. It seems such a use
less waste of thousands of young lives.
I have been at Base Hospital for
the last two weeks. While I was
there, three tralnloads of wounded
came back from the f-ont, with our
boys, some of them fearfully shot to
pieces with schrapnel etc. I had charge
of a ward full of German, prisoners
mere were four officers. I got to
know them well. They are more than
content to be finished with their share
of the war and the American food
tastes so much better than what
they ve been getting. Too, they were
almost paralyzed with joy at the sight
of white bread. They have had none
in Germany for four years.
I am looking eagerly now for a let
ter from you, for I have had about
time to get your answer to my
It is grape season here in France,
and me, oh my! what wonderful lusci
ous ones we have. Yesterday, a peas
ant brought her apron full of them.
Oct. 18, 191?.
lour letter arrived at last. You
can never know how pood it was, to
The enclosures were most enjoyable;
me nine snort-story i read at once,
and it Is charming.
all my dreams are anti-war dreams.
When I'll be able to go back and be
with you, your boy, your son and
You speak of prices soaring at home
My dear, over here, they are sore-ing
us. The French rnenhants are "stick
ing" the American soldiers, for all
they are worth. The prevailing idea
is that we are all multi-millionaires,
and they charge us accordingly. In
fact, they have two rates, of charge,
one for the French trade, the others
for the American. I hope sometime
to slip in on the French side.
Wines, and champagnes, however,
are absurdly cheap, especially the
last. One can get the most exquisite
old brands Veuve, Amiot, Veuve Sau
mau.etc, for only 8 francs per qt.
while in the States we have to haul
forth 6 or 8 perfectly good "seeds"
for the same brands.
about my cough; it left me
a long time ago. I now have the
sniffles and as handkerchiefs are
scarce, I use gauge bandages. I keep,
myself full of Quinnine and Aspirin,
to ward off anything in the way of a
bad cold. Avaunt thou Flu!
This a. m, we got the news that
Lille, Donal and Met have been tak
en by the Allies. The opinion of ev
eryone over here Is, that the war will
be over before Xmas. I hope so, for
I hate to Bee another N. Year of war
We are having a delicious warm
spell and it is good to me for I was
almost frappe. France; here abouts,
Is glorious the frost has turned the
grape-vines and trees to crimson and
gold; the populars which line most of
the French country roads, are shin
nering silver, and when the sun sets,
they take on the exquisite colors from
I am writing at an open window on
the second story of our billet, which
overlooks a field of grain. Teasant
women are in it, gleaning. With their
bright colored aprons, and wooden
shoes, they remind one of Jean Mil
let's famous painting "The Gleaners."
Other worthy members of the pill
corps are trying to get my "goat" by
singing that famous war song
tut I'm not going to weaken.
apart frora tnoaP
afore-mentioned sniffles, I am horribly
healthy. My appetite would worry
In a Tarls paper, the other day, I
saw where Mrs. Taru McGrew was in
Paris for a few days, from Nantes,
where she has been doing most ne
thusiastic Red Cross war work.
This letter is assuming proportions,
so, as dear old Anita G used to
say:' "I'll wipe the tear from my
lamp, and the goo off my chin, and tie
the can to this chatter."
Your loving son,
In The Churches
MAKAWAO' UNION CHURCH
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