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A Group of Interesting Letters From Our
Sam B. Mays Writes Letter to
September 22, 1918.
My Dear Mazie:
We are now having a lull of a few
days between offensive or drives and
another assault. We have had some
pretty lively times lately and have
bad plenty of chances to see what
war really* is. It does not take one
long to find that Sherman knew, when
you see dead Americans or Boches
lying side by side, and shells of all
descriptions passing over from both
sides. We have lately gotten a good
chance to show up and I am sure that
all of our outfit did well. I have seen
/With my own eyes Americans against
Germans and know for a fact that the
American soldier is the greatest fight
We have been resting or rather
getting ourselves together for a cou
ple of days but are looking for some
more lively action very soon as the
Boches also seem to be rather reck
less and are sending over a few every
now and then.
Our mail proposition is worse than
ever and does not seem to stand much
.chance of improving.
The fall weather has set in here
in full swing and it is real cold, al
though we have had no ice as yet.
No doubt we will have* some by the
last of this month or the first of next
All of our fellows have seen
.enough to be able to talk after they
get home and are willing to go home,
t I do not mean by that that they are
down hearted or more homesick than
other soldiers but all are learning
what a good place the States is. The
men are all better satisfied while they
are at the front and the bullets are
singing than any other time. If it
were possible for them to stay there
they would not have the chance to '
want to come home.
My/ first two sheets of paper stuck
together and that is the cause of my 1
-writing arrangement. Follow the num '
We have all been pretty busy as it
is. hard work with the kind of stock
?we have and so much continual rain. 1
It seems that it is never clear.
There are interesting things to see ;
in the Jerry's dugouts after he has '
been made to fall back. I have been
into some that were fixed up so well 1
that the Germans must have expect
ed, to stay in them forever. They were
fixed up like a regular" military gar
lison in time of peace. Some of them 1
had the walls papered, upholstered
furniture, pictures, chairs,'bath tubs,
beds /and even pianos and phono
graphs. Of course these were the offi- ]
cers' but it it shows that they thought
they had this country for keeps. The -,
fellows have collected all kinds of 1
souvenirs but very few that they can .]
keep or are small enough to send ]
home. You know it is agaitfst army j
regulations to send home anything <
except' things that are on a small list
of war trophies. 1
Where are you and Doc going to j
live when you get your home that ]
you spoke of finished? Some one of i
you wrote me that Ben and Audrey
had a summer- home. I feel today ]
more like going to a winter home. ]
Wad is still with us and sends his ;
best love to all of you. I
Write to me' real soon and often, ?
and give my love to all.
Censored by W. D. Allen,
2nd Lt. U. S. N. G.
Miss Sallie Smith Receives Let
ter From Her Brother in
Somewhere in France j
September 13, 1918. ]
My Dear Sister: i
I have received two letters from
you in the last few days. Was cer- <
tainly glad to get them. I would 1
have answered the first one right 1
away but I had just written tb Pa- '
pa so I waited a day or two so all :
of you can hear from me every few }
I write to some of you every two
or three days. You said in your let
ter that none of you had gotten a
letter from me in some time. I can't
see why. I hear from some of you
about every three days. I am always 1
prouder to see the mail come than !
I am to see pay day. There isn't any- '
thing over here to spend money for.
Tell John I received his letter yes
terday. I will write to him in a few
days. I was surprised in the last
mail for I received a letter from
Irene. I like to get a surprise like
I want you to tell Hugh I am get
ting on fine and often think of him,
especially on Sunday nights.
There are plenty of good-looking
"Janes" over here but I can't un
derstand much they say. If I could,
juat speak French I would be in the
How are all the "Janes" at home
and their sports,'too? I know some
of the little fellows think they are
I guess the meeting was good. I
hope it was. We. have some fine men
over here working in the Y. M. C. A.
I got John Holston's address, but
I haven't any idea I will ever find
him over here. I think he is a long
way from where I am. I think I will
try to write to him in a few days.
I saw Claude Lyon last nlight. He
is getting on fine.
I will try to write you a long let
ter next time. Write to me real soon
and tell me air the news you can. I
hope to hear from home soon. Give
my love to all.
Your loving brother,
Frank 0. Smith.
Will Earl Prince Writes Letter
to His Mother.
Somewhere in France.
September 26, 1918.
My Dear Mother: . I
I will write you a few lines this
A. M. to let you hear from me. I
am well and doing fine. Hope this
will find you all the same. '
Mama, I am on the front some
where but don't let that worry you
for I'm coming out all right and I
hope it won't be long. _x # *
How is Son getting along? I cer
tainly, hope he has not left the States
yet. If he does have to come over
here I hope we will have the good
luck to see each other.
I have not seen Tom Burnett or
any of those since I have been over
here. They are over here somewhere.
I like France better the^ longer I
stay here. The only thing I hate is
that I can't talk French. Anybody
could have a lots better time if he
could talk it. The French people
seem to think lots of the Americans.
Mama, I have not heard from
Olive yet. I am certainly anxious fco
get the baby's picture. If she has
not sent me one tell her to send it.
I hope you all have a good home
for another year. I hope they will
never take Abbie in this army. If
he ever does have to go, tell him to
join the navy if he can. I think it is
better for him than the army.
I will close for this time., I hope
this will reach you all right. Write :
io me real often. With much iove,
H. F. Grims Writes Letter to
Somewhere in France,
September 19, 1918. .
Your letter received the other day
md to be sure it was appreciated to
the highest degree. Was so glad to .
snow that Mama is doing so well.
[ certainly hope she keeps improv- I
ing. I am proud to know she is rid ?
jf so much suffering.' ?
. Well, how is Papa standing the ]
:imes no\v? Fine, I hope. I was sur- 1
prised to know Jessie was plowing
Dinah as she was so wild when we ]
tvere breaking her. 1
I saw Walter and Billy, Sunday, i
[ spent the day with them as I had ]
lot seen them in some time and we i
?vere a good way apart. I didn't have 1
mything to do so I thought I would ]
jo and spend the day with them. 1
Walter had "received a letter from I
Aunt Carrie and she said you all 1
ivere well. When I got back I had i
i letter from you and Emmie Lou (
Long. She wrote me a long letter i
ind said Mama spent the day with j
them and was doing fine. i
Mama asked me if we ever had |
any watermelons over here. They ?
ion't know what that is. We can get
plenty of fruit but it is certainly ?
ligh. I found some syrup over here ?
for ?1.35 a quart.
Well, if I can I will send you a
center piece. You may get it by the ]
;ime you get the letter. I think it is
real pretty. It is hand-made and it ,
:ost sixteen francs. That is about ?
$3.00. It looks like a big price but |
[ have gotten used to high prices in |
this country. (
You. can address my mail this
way: 2nd Bn., Hq., 118th Inf., and I
will get it quicker. 1
Tell Aminee and the rest of the
kids "Hello" for me. As soon as I ?
can find some pretty cards I will
send D. P.. one. Tell him to help Dad
dy take care of the rest of the fam
ily and when I get back he will be
a big boy.
I certainly would like to see you
all but there isn't much use to think ,
of that yet, but I hope it won't be
Tell Aunt Pollie and Aunt Em
mie "Hello" for me and tell Cousin
Jim Strom's family I h?ven't for
gotten them, because I don't write.
Will close with much love to all.
am as ever,
I am as ever,
Your devoted son,
H. F, Griffis.
H. G. Manson Writes Lette
Somewhere in France,
September 26, 191
My Dear Mother:
I will endeavor to write you a
lines to day. I am well and get
on fine, except for a cold. I have
er felt better since I have beei
France.. I think this country ag
I have seen a bit of France. ]
a beautiful country and the fara
land is so pretty. We have them 1
a city block though, on implem
and machinery. The people all
in towns or villages.. You can go n
between towns and not see a he
like you see in the States. The hoi
and barns are all together. One r<
is a living room, the next is a cov
horse stable, and very likely, in
next stall you will find some Am
France and also England are sr
places on the marp but when it coi
to hiking from place to place t
must be some big countries. "Beli
me' when^ I get a chance to stop
big guns do not bother me at all. Is
ther does a possible air raid. I en,
the travels on the train. We are
ways put into cattle cars so we <
take in everything as we pass.
Mama, of course I can't say whi
I am but I am in good spirits a
am confident of the outcome. We \
surely win the war. We are going
lick the Huns to a frazzle.
I hope your health is better n
than when I left. I earnestly ho
you'will get better, I hope Papa, Bl
ber and all the family are well a
that Bubber will not have to come
the army. I don't see how you a
Papa could get along without hi
I have not heard anything frc
Winton at a?i. I wrote him sevei
times but as yet have not gotten ?
answer. I would like to know whe
he is. Do you still get letters fro
him? Do you get my letters? I ha'
not gotten any mail from home y
except one letter and it was sent
Camp Mills. I have received sever
letters from.Lois. The last one WJ
mailed August 24th and i got it
few days ago. She said she had wri
ten to you twice and sent you thos
pictures of mine. I will write to yo
as often as I can and you. must writ
to me. If you are not able, get Siste
to write. Tell her to do so anyway
Give them all my love.
I will close for this time. Hope t
hear from you real soon. My dea
Mother, may God's richest blessing
be with you.
Mechanic H. G. Manson,
Co. K. 323 Inf. '
U. S. A. P. 0. 791.
Private Townes Writes Aboul
"How an Air-Raid Looks."
August 22, 1918.
Something awakens you. It is the
heavy firing of the anti-aircraft guns
afar off. You rise upon your elbow
and hear the purring of the motors
high above and far away. There may
be one plane or three or four.
Stepping out into the open you see
powerful search-lights playing against
the stars from points on the surround
ing hills. As the enemy planes ap
proach, other guns from silent places
in the woods begin to belch forth
their steel. You see the flash, then
hear the report, then see the flash of
the bursting shell against the sky,
then another report. The flashes of
the bursting shrapnel above are seen
many seconds before the sound reach
ss the ear. Two or three planes are
:oming and a score of guns are fir
?ng.The little machine guns are sput
tering like a motorcycle exhaust when
the machine is running along the road
at fifty miles per hour.
The heavens are brilliantly illumi
nated with searchlights and bursting
shells. The guns are shooting up the
steel without any intermission.
Of a sudden you see the search
lights playing on a point directly ov
erheadi Simultaneously you flop
down on the grouM with your face
in the earth and your helmet on the
head. If there be a cellar nearby,
take to it. Or a ditch-any little in
equality in the ground may help to
Though the planes might have
been eight or ten miles away when
they were first heard, there is but
a short time left in which to hide,
considering the fact that they may
be traveling over one hundred and
fifty miles per hour.
Now with your face in the dirt
and your helmet on your head you
had best lie low for a few minutes
and await < developments. If you are
in the path of the enemy's object
ive, are near his objective or per
haps are his objective, one does not
have to wait long.
A hissing noise, a bright flash and
a deafening report tells you that the
Boche is spilling his bombs. Some
times many bombs are dropped in a
small radius and much damage may
When the planes pass on and fur
We placed large order
invite our friends, the ladie
We are showing some
hat-racks, sofas, dining tah
We have a large stock
market. A large stock of i
We extend a special ir
ment of rugs and art squan
We have bought a lar'
discard your old one and pi
We were never better
ness, bridles and saddles.
Our undertaker's depa
and prices. A share of yoi
On our first floor
groceries and pl;
\ quantities and ca]
Large shipment of Te?
fill your orders.
her guns take up the fire, all hands
>egin to. scout around and see what
larm has been done. The dropping
if the bombs from above like the
tarrage ijjn: the u^ti-air craft guns
lelow is often ineffective but the ex
itement rises to a pretty high pitch.
The planes fly on, the firing ceas
s, the moons goes down and the
aim is as intense as the barrage
No mail from the States yet but
he Paris edition of the Chicago Tri
iune, the New York Herald and the
Jew York American circulate
hroughout France and for two cop
ier washers (20 centimes) we get
. four page paper which gives us
ome idea of what is going on in
he good old States.
Private S. B. Townes, .
We desire to announce to
department to supply their
Have a Large
Our Stock of Ha
Anything you want in han
it-WITH PRICES RIGHI
Large stock of NAILS anc
all kinds come to us. Pou
Large stock of carriage and
Shotguns, loaded shells and
need we will order it for yo
Come in to see us when, in
friends a cordial greeting.
1289 Broad Street
s early for the several departme
s especially, to inspect these at
good values in bed-room flsuit
les and china closets. A. beaut
of iron and enameled beds and
cotton and felt mattresses.
ivitation to the ladies to come i
;s. Many attractive designs at
re stock of stoves, ranges and h
irchase a new one.
supplied than now to fill the nc
Large assortment to select fron
rtment is well supplied with co
ir patronage is solicited. Our
will be found a larj
n make very satisfaz
cas oats for seed-no better qua
W. F. Manson Writes Letter to
Somewhere in France.
September 21, 1918.
? ?J?tVJ . . '? - :
My Dear Mother:
How are you? I sincerely hope you
are still as well as you were when I
received the last letter from you. It
was dated August 16th and was re
ceived by me on the 15th of Septem
ber. I was so proud to know you were
doing as well as could be expected.
I feel so much better to know you
are still so cheerful. I know you will
continue to be this way, even though
your sufferings may be very great
How is Papa doing? I know he
has a pretty busy time of it, especial
ly just now for he has his crop to
our Eclgefield friends that wc
j Stoek of Plows
you need for turning your lane
mess, Saddles and Bi
less, wagon or buggy harness.
I all kinds of Builders' Supplies
ltry and pasture fence wire all i
wagon material. The best roc
I cartrides of all kinds. If we 1
u at once.
town. Mr. J. H. P. Roper i
nts on our second floor and
s. Also see our sideboards,
iful assortment of rockers to
the best bed springs on the
md see our beautiful assort
very reasonable prices.
eaters. Now is the time, to
;eds of our customers in har
ffins and caskets of all sises
hearse responds to all calls
?e stock of heavy \
We buy in large
ctory prices. '
ility on the market. Let us I
gather. I hope it is a good one.
Mother, you say you jiad not. re
ceived all of my letters to you. Prob
ably there is something wrong with
the mail. With one or two exceptions
I have written you at least once and
sometimes twice per week. I certain
ly have not received all of yours.
Though do not get disheartened. Keep
writing me and I will get some of
them. I shall continue to write as
long as I can. I am still in good
health and am so proud that I am so.
Mother, we have moved about con
siderably. I have been in Belgium
Probably you knew it already. I have
seen service there on what was at one
time the bloodiest battlefield of the
present war where untold thousands
(Continued on page Six.)
; are well supplied in every a
i and Harrows
1 in the fall.
idles is Complete
. single or double, we have
;. If you need shop tools of
)fing on the market.
tiave not in stock what you
s with us and will give his