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Extracts from Letters of J. W.
Reel to His Parents, Mr. and
Mrs. W. T. Reel.
U. S. S. Napoleon,
December 22, 1918.
My dearest Homefolks:
I am very sorry that you do not
get my mail. I have written so much
till I hardly know what to write, as
I do not know which letters you get. I
am thankful that you receive enough
to know that I am all right. I have
received a good deal of my mail, but
not half you have written.
I received a few days ago my affi
davit, also Mother's letter and one
from Janie, one from Uncle Prince
and Aunt Mattie several days ago. I
try to answer all I get and write
home twice a week. Well, I put in my
affidavit this morning. They said they
would let me know in a few days
whether I could come home. Don't
think they can hardly turn me down
under the circumstances, but we nev
er know. I hope I can soon come
We have been rushed day and
night for the . last week carrying
troops from France to England. They
were British soldiers going home. We
do not like to haul them like our own
boys, because they are hard to get
' I was on police duty last night
from six until twelve. It rains over
here all of the time, and I will be
glad when I can come back home
where the sun shines. What I have
seen of France, I like it much better
than I do England, but our own land
has them all beat.
A number of our boys are off on
leave to Paris and London. We all
have a seven day leave. I think I will
go to London on the 28th of Decem
ber. I would like to go to Paris too,
but can't take in both places. No
doubt I will see great things in Lon
don and I think I had better take this I
chance, as I may not have it again.
I only wish I had a little more money !
for I could see a good deal more and j
bring more things home with me. ?
I received Herbert's letter all j
right. Hope he is at home by now. I. j
also had a letter from Harry Medlock
to-day. ? He said they didn't know j
when they were going home. Paul I
said he was going to write to me just |
- as soon as he got stationed, but 11
haven't had a line from him. I also
-wrote to Jake, but do not think he re
ceived it, as I haven't heard from
Well, I hope you all have gathered
the crop by now, and am hoping I
.can be there to help run the business
jpretty soon. I am writing this on .ny
.suit case and it is lying on the ber.ch
.and moves about, so it is hard to
Decmeber 24, 1918.
As we are anchored in La Havre,
France, and I have nothing to do this
afternoon, I will drop you a few
lines. We have been working pret.y
.steep as half of our crew is on leave,
some in Paris and some in London.
We have been running night and day
with a half crew carrying troops
back and forth from La Havre,
France to South Hampton, England.
We will have to work Christmas day
until dinner to get the ship cleaned
up. We will have a pretty nice din
ner, but nothing like you can cook. I
will enjoy it though.
We started across the channel
night before last but had to turn back
on account of a storm. We were an
chored out all night about three mile:;
from South Hampcon, so the .ext
morning the Captain, the Post Mas
ter and I went to town in a motor
launch and stayed all day. We
brought four bags of second class
mail on board, and I thought sure my
package would be in it, but it was
not. I suppose I will get it in a few
days. Wish I could be with you all to
spend Christmas. I hope I can be at
home soon to help you ail, for I know
my help is needed.
It is beginning to get cold here
now and rains every day. I am glad
you all have gotten over the "flu." I
was sorry to hear about Preston
Strom, Edgar Morgan and Hezzie
Griffis. My heart felt sympathy goes
out to the bereaved ones at home for
those whom they will never see a
gain, but they died for their country,
brave and true, and I trust they are
at rest now in the world beyond.
Most of the boys have gone to
town this afternoon, but as I had
gone ashore the last trip, I preferred
to stay on board and write, rest and
wash some clothes. I received a short
note from Hampton Medlock a few
days ago, and he said he didn't know
when he start for home. I was glad
you told me the name of Johnnie
Hill's ship. If he ever comes into this
port, will try to see him.
Well, we arrived here in South
Hampton at 6 o'clock, had the ship
cleaned up at 10 o'clock, then put on
our "glad rags" to celebrate the holi
day. We had a very nice dinner which
we all enjoyed very much. We boys i
are all sitting around talking and I
'frolicing, and some are trying to
sleep, but the rest are keeping up so
much fuss that there isn't much
sleep. We are invited out to a vaude
ville show to-night in town, and we
are going to sail to-morrow morning
at 6 A. M. I received Ihe box you
sent me, and am saving it till I get
I hungry, for we have had all we want
.for to-day. Am enjoying the g*m, as
we do not have any in the canteen.
I have seen many German subma
rines, but do not think we will be
I bothered with them anymore. Was
'glad none of them got a shot at us.
My dearest Mother:
I am in France this afternoon, and
will return to England to-night. We
have been on double duty, but we
! wouldn't mind that if we were carry
?ing our own troops home, but we've
been hauling British soldiers alto
gether since the Armistice was sign
ed. When we unload our ship, it looks
like a storm has been through it.
Just as soon as we can get it cleaned
up, we load up again and start on our
Some of the boys who went on
leave have been out three days over
time, and haven't returned yet. I sup
pose they will get sf summary and
deck court martial. I haven't been
j late a minute on report for anything,
and have been recommended for sea
man, first class.
We are looking for a good dinner
j to-morrow. We have 36 pounds of
extra money in the treasury. About
the only way we can tell it is Christ
mas is by che good dinner. I wert to
an entertainment Christmas'' night
I given by tho Y. M. C. A. They had a
good band and some pretty good act
ing, also saw a good comedy show by
American men and women. That
made me feel more like I was back in
the States than anything else I have
seen. Iwas disappointed the other day
when the mail came from the States
And I didn'i; g?t any. That is the first
time I havo missed since we began to
receive .mail. I hope you all had a
good Christmas! Hope to be ho.ne by
spring if not before. I am well and
Yv ir.h lots ol' love,
Your loving son,
And there fell
Bomb ' after bomb, shot by the
murderous, sacreligious Hun
Upon the high cathedral walls
Of th?>t once marvelous edifice
. In shelled Verdun.
Within the high arched doorway
Stood an Edgefield soldier-son
With head low, bared and bent
In reverential mien
Two fragments of stained glass
He rev'rent took, as souvenirs
Of shelled Verdun.
Still, with bared head, and bent,
In reverential mien,
This man within the vaulted walls
Of this doomed, sacred place,
Bent knee in prayer to God of
To Christ, the savior of this war
struck world, .
To save the place of prayer,
The doomed cathedral high
But God, the Father of this war
Knew best the needs of nations
And of men.
So hardly was there left that day,
One stone -upon another stone,
Of all the grandeur that before
As proud Verdun.
The nations war no more,
Verdun's Cathedral tottering
And Verdun calls to us across the
To help rebuild the homes with
work of hands,
(Even should we only help with
In shelled Verdun.
And have we heard the call
And do we answer it?
Ye friends pf France, awake, arise,
The future needs you as the pa3t,
Give of your store to rehabilitate
Her fallen cities and cathedrals
And this fair city that is calling
And as this souvenir of glass has
Be you reminded of the need of
Old world cathedral and, once fair,
Now shelled Verdun.
Agatha A. Woodson.
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THE PELICAN'S VISITORS.
"I am to have visitors," said the
"Oh, very well/' said Mrs. Pelican
"Well, you are to have them too,"
added Mr. Pelican.
"It's too bad you can't have them
all to yourself," said Mrs. Pelican,
turning up her long beak and looking
at Mr. Pelican with a very amused ex
"Now what makes you say that?"
asked Mr. Pelican.
"You started in by saying that you
were going to have visitors," said Mrs.
Pelican, "and then you had to add that
they were coming to see me too. You
wanted very much to be the all-im
portant pelican bird, didn't you?"
"I'd hardly say that,*' said Mr. Peli
"You'd almost admit it, wouldn't
you?" asked Mrs. Pelican.
"Well, maybe for the moment, or
for a few moments, I was feeling a
little silly, a little bit conceited, be
cause the visitors coining to call are
human visitors and important ones at
'Dear me," said Mrs. Pelican, "no
wonder you wnnted all the glory."
"Ah, now, Mrs. Pelican, that is hard
ly fair," said .Mr. Pelican. "If for the
moment I forgot myself and was con
ceited, you must forgive me, and un
derstand that I didn't mean it."
"I would say that you forgot me
and not yourself," said Mrs. Pelican.
"Now, now, you are trying to pun
ish me," said Mr. Pelican. "I added,
very soon after I had said that I was
to have visitors, that you were to have
"Tell me about your human vis
itors," said Mrs. Pelican.
"Our human visitors, you mean, my
love," smiled Mr. Pelican in a very
Mrs. Pelican gave Mr. Pelican an
affectionate little tweak with her beak,
and said. "There, there, you're a nice
Mr. Pelican. Mrs. Pelican was only
teasing you. She won't any more."
"Good!" said Mr. Pelican. "Well,
our visitors was the subject we were
"What do you mean by saying we
were discussing a subject?" asked Mrs.
"I meant that we were talking about
a certain thing-or certain things, the
certain things in this case are the
"Would they like to be called
things?"'asked Mrs. Pelican.
'Tm sure I don't know," replied Mr.
Pelican. "I never asked them what
they liked to be called. And of c.mrse
I never had the chance to ask them
because these visitors have never vis
ited me before."
" "New visitors," said Mrs. Pelican.
"Are they dear little babies perhaps
brand new-like small birds and small
animals 'and small children?"
"Oh no." said Mr. Pelican. "They
To See If We Eat Fish.
aren't to be new as babies are new
but they are new to us-we've never
seen them before."
"They're old, not new," sighed Mrs.
"They wouldn't like it If they heard
you say that," said Mr. Pelican.
"Well, no matter, they won't hear
me say it, but tell me why they are
coming to visit us?"
"They are coming to find out, as
others of their kind have come before,
to see If we e?it fish which they want
for people-like themselves-grown
ups, children and regular human be
"What do you mean by 'forsooth?"'
asked Mr's. Pelican.
"Nothing, except that lt adds a
flourish to my sentence. It's like dress
ing lt up, you see."
"I never heard of dressing up a sen
tence before," said Mr3. Pelican.
"Neither did I," said Mr. Pelican.
"But I try to think up these little
things now und again. To continue
with the story of the visitors who are
coming. Some say we eat fish which
should be saved for people, and others
say we only eat the bony fish which
feed near the top of the water and
which are unfit for human beings. And
the ones who say this last thing are
the ones who are right, heigh-ho !"
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her. One day Mary was lonely and
wanted Bobble to come over, but he
would not go.
"I've got a whole sack of cundy and
I'll give It to you If you'll come," per
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Bobble called back, "I'll be wif yon
right awiiy, Mary."
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