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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1S18. 1
TBI BOURBON NEWS. PAWS. ,
IFTTFRS FROM RHITPRnw rnnwTv I
SOLDIERS AND SAILORS
Under date of Aug. 3, Roger, Q.
Thomson, Jr., grandson of Mrs. Joan
T. Hinton, of Paris, sends a breezy
letter from France. Mr. Thomson's
letter, which, is one of the most, in
teresting we have yet read, is as fol
lows: "France, Aug. 3, 1918.
"Dear Auntie: I hope my letter
written some ten days ago announc
ing my departure for the training
camp arrived 0. K. Had quite an
enjoyable trip, stopping for a few
hours in Paris, France, on the way
liere. Our stay was of only a few
hours duration and I didn't have
time to see as much of the town as I
would have liked. What I did see
though was well worth while. I am
hoping to have a chance of looking
ia over in (more leisurely fashion at
some future time.
"The training camp is well located
in a very healthful, as well as beau
tiful, part of France. We are suffici
ently far behind the lines to not have
to worry about aeroplane raids and
twelve-inch shells for a while now.
It's quite a welcome change, too. As
the English say, 'I got jolly well fed
upon it.' I am glad to settle down
for a while in this section for an
other reason, i. e. all the troops are
Americans and we get honest-to-goodness
Yankee grub. No more tea,
cheese and jam like we have been
having to put up with in the past.
"I ran into a little hard luck my
second day here by spraining my
left ankle.' However, it is coming
along nicely and I expect to be out
on crutches within the next day or
so. Of course this is rather disap
pointing at such a time as the pres
ent, when every pninute lost is equal
almost to an hour otherwise, but am
studying my manual, and this may
partly help to bridge over.
"I presume you folks back home
have been keeping up with the pro
gress of events over here for the past
few weeks. I can't help but wonder
how the Hun mind is going to read
just itself so as to account for the
fighting qualities and results obtain
ed by 'America's amateur army.' The
Yanks have forced him to bring on
his best and best have been beaten.
Wouldn't be a bit surprised to see
some very interesting political de
velopments in Germany between now
and next spring.
On'e of the boys here in the hos
pital with me me is just back from
the sector where most of our fighting
has been going on. He says they
found scores of Germans chained to
their guns and on one occasion
found German Red Cross women ly
ing dead beside machine guns which
they had been operating. It is really
pitiful the way the German Govern
ment deceives its subjects. On our
way down here one of the box cars
in our train was filled with German
prisoners. At one point along the
route we were held up a couple of
hours, so several of us went up to
have a look at the 'Fritzies.' One
of our party fortunately could speak
German. They wanted to know how
many Americans were over, and my
friend announced, 'Oh, a lot.' The
German then wanted to know if we
had as many as 100,000 troops over
here. Also whether Paris was still
in German hands. These are facts,
from which you can judge how gross
ly untrue is the mlormation circu
lated among the troops by their Gov
ernment. Please jm'ake allowance for
this scrawl. Am writing in bed with
my knees for a desk and results are
none too good.
"Don't worry about the ankle. It
is really progressing splendidly and
I am confident I will be using it a
bit before another week is out.
Please note the change in address.
With love to all the family and best
regards to any inquiring friends, I
"Your affectionate nephew,
"ROGER D. THOMSON.
"My address is, Candidate Roger
D. Thomson, Jr., A. C. S., A. P. 0.,
714, American E. F., France."
some one soon. Lam getting, alone-
just hne. I think ,the condition, oyer
here is very goodjfor us boys, much
better than I expected. My health
isvgrand so you know I am,. one
thankful boy and I hone to cnntimiP-.
JEY.om what I can hear and see, Uncle
waui uus sure nave tne Huns on
"I am on the Western front, some
wuere on tne, Marne River, and you
know I. am experiencing quite a bit.
I WOUld 'like to writA vrm onI toll
3 ou all about the war conditions, but
its against the rules. Just wait until
I get back to the States, then I can
tell you all about it, for I know you
will be very interested in my story.
And don't forget to write as often as
you can, for that's the only pleasure
a soldier has, and that's a letter from
home now and then.
"Give my regards to all. In clos
ing my letter, I hope to N hear from
hqme soon. I am sending lots of love
"ALVIN M. THOMAS,
Co. A., 6th U. S. Engrs., American
Expeditionary Force, France."
bayonets, ctc5i if the -postal authori
ties would permit Give my regards
to all the boys.
- v "HUTCH."
J. XL. v t.
Reuben B. Hutchcraft, Jr.,
1st Lt. 166th Inf.
Mrs. Charles Sauer, of Paris, is in
receipt of a letter from her brother,
Mr. Alvin M. Thomas, formerly of
Paris, who is in France as a member
of the American Expeditionary Force.
The letter follows:
"August 4, 1918.
"Dear Sister: I guess you are un
der the impression that I have for
gotten you altogether. It seems like
I am never going to hear from you
all. I have not received one letter
from the States since I came over, al
though I am looking to hear from
Mr. James Porter, of Louisville,
formerly of Paris, sends THE NEWS
the following interesting letter from
Noah Clark, a Paris boy, who is now
in France in the service:
"France, July 25, 1918.
"Dear Jim: I have been intending
to write for some time, but have
been changing around so fast that I
hardly knew one day where I would
be the next. ,
"Left Philadelphia, July 6, for
Hoboken and sailed from there on the
Manchuria. Had a fine trip over, as
the sea was as smooth as glass, and I
did not get sea sick, but I came so
near it that I was afraid to laugh at
anybody else for feeding the fish.
"This is an old town and has a very
fine harbor, and the scenery is very
fine. I have not been on liberty yet,
so don't know much about it, but
everything is wide open here and a
uniform don't put any lid on. Will
have to study up a little French be
fore I go out by piy lonesome.
"They call this Sunny France, but
I don't see where it srot its name, as
it rains here every day.
"How is Mrs. Porter getting along?
Give her my regards and tell her I
sure would like to have one of her
good breakfasts in the morning. I
haven't had a pay day yet, and it sure
is h. being broke.
"Where are you going now? Hope
you have found something that suits
you. (Jive my regards to all the
bunch. Don't know anything else to
write, so will close for this time,
with regards to you and Mrs. Porter.
"U. S. Naval Air Station, France,
American Expeditionary Force,
Cafe Postmaster, New York."
First Lieutenant Reuben B. Hutch
craft, of Paris, now somewhere in
France with the 166th Infantry, has
written County Attorney David D.
Cline a brief but interesting letter
from the battle front overseas.
Lieut. Hutchcraft also sent in his
letter a souvenir cigarette which was
evidently taken from the mouth of
a jerman soldier alter he had been
killed. The cigarette, which had not
been lighted, bore stains of saliva
indicating that the Boche was pre
paring to enjoy his smoke when he
was killed presumably by one of our
American soldiers. Written on the
cigarette is the date "June 15, 1918,"
no doubt the date when the German
soldier was killed.
Lieut. Hutchcraft also sent Mr.
Cline a copy of The Ohio Rainbow
Reveille, the official organ of the-
166th Infantry, which contains in
teresting news, for the soldier boys.
Among the witty paragraphs we se
lect the following for publication:
"The German prisoner was asked
if he realized the great causes for
which the Allies were fighting. 'Cer
tainly,' said he. 'The Italians are
fighting to whip the Austrians; the
French are fighting for their coun
try; the British are fighting for the
mastery of the seas, and the Ameri
cans are fighting for souvenirs."
Lieut. Hutchcraft's letter to At
torney Cline, written on Y. M. C. A.
stationery, and dated 20 June, 1918,
"Am inclosing you a souvenir of
the recent battle. The Boche to
whom this cigarette belonged has quit
smoking here on account of an Ameri
can 30 calibre. Would send you a
cart load of helmets, rifles, packs,
Norfolk' Va" Sept- 7, 1918.
"THE NEWS:- How goes every
thing in the old town? I finished my
flights and other work in Akron last
week and received orders last Tues
day to report to Hampton Roads, so
n.Gi& i am. i received a four-days'
furlough before I left Akron, and had
almighty nice time with mother and
Margaret up in Two Rivers, Wis. I
guess John and Edwin are overseas
by now, as they left about two weeks
ago. I like this station fine, but can
not give Norfolk a reputation for a
town to have a good time. There are
too many sailors a,nfl Knirii pre horp
There are almost as many British and
Japanese as anybody else. It goes
without saying there are lots of. good
looking girls here, which is charac
teristic of every Southern town, but
it would take Admiral Simms or Gen
Pershing to attract their attention.
I ran into a Paris boy coming down
on the boat, but have forgotten his
name. I hear our good friend Jack
Turney is at Camp Mills, and of
course we all know what that means.
He will have to hurry if he expects
to beat me across, as I hear we will
soon see sea service, which is glad
news. It looked like for awhile we
were doomed to the good ship 'never
sail,' but am more than glad we are
about to graduate frqm that class.
"Guess I will go on a five or six
days' cruise somewhere on the old
pond before many days have past.
Am glad I was sent here instead of
New York, as I am sure I will like it
much better. There are not as many
bright lights and about the only wet
spots around here is the old Chesa
peake and Atlantic, but the pretty
Southern girls and good food offset
the above many times. I started this
with the intention of only sending
my address, but here I have written
quite a lengthy epistle. Please rush
the old NEWS to me.
"CADET J. MONROE SWEENEY,
"U. S. N. Air Station, Naval Operat
ing Base, Hampton Roads, Balloon
Div., Norfolk; Va." ,
SOCIAL AND PERSONAL.
Comings and Goings of Our
People Here, There and
One cup or three
No harm in
Under date of August 12, Sergeant
Major Earl Curtis writes from over
seas to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.
C. Curtis, as follows:
"Dear Folks: I suppose you have
by this time given up hearing from
me, but, we have, since our arrival,
in France, been handicapped by the
lack of a Regimental Censor Stamp,
without which no mail could be for
warded. However, we finally landed
one to-day, and my letters in the fu
ture should reach you more regularly,
although pretty lengthy periods of
time may ensue between the receipt
of some of them, due to the congested
conditions and lack of facilities for
handling mail over here.
"There is very little news to give
you, other than to state that our trip
across the big pond and then through
the interior of France, although very
interesting, was uneventful. ,...j
"I ajm, at this time, not allowed to
divuge our present location, other
than to say that we are several miles
back of the front line trenches in as
beautiful a section of country as can
be found in old Bourbon county,
which is certainly saying a whole lot.
The country is not mountainous but
very hilly. Every foot of ground is
productive and is utilized by "these
people. The variety of crops is not
very great, consisting almost alto
gether of cereals and truck products,
but the yield all seems to be above
the normal that is raised at home.
"Although all of these people real
ize the situation their country is in,
and almost without exception each
family has given up some one in the
past four years, they maintain an
optimistic air and do not seem to
have any doubt as to what the final
outcome will be.
"We have been treated royally at
every point at which we have come in
contact with the people and have
been greeted innumerable times with
the Viva la Amerique, Vivia la
France, which are about the only two
phrases known in common by the
American and Frenchmen. It is very
amusing to see us trying to talk
French and is equally amusing to see
the French trying to talk English.
"Prices here are all out of propor
tion. Eggs are worth $1.20 per
dozen, while a good room and bed
can be hired per month for the price
of a dozen eggs.
"My new address is Regt.-Segt.-Maj.
William E. Curtis, Hd. Co. 143d
Inf. Amer. E. Forces, A. P. O. 728
via New York, so that I can get the
"Will quit now so that this letter
will get off to-day. Give my regards
T.1T?Ir- J- w- Davis has gone to
Martinsville, Ind., for a stay of sev
Miss Sarah Power left Wednes
day for Shelbyville, to attend Science
. ,"r?ev- w- E. Ellis was a guest of
mends and relatives in Louisville
ocievai aaysthis week.
Mr. James H. Haggard, who has
been very ill at his home on Cypress
street .for some time, is improving.
--Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Sudduth
and daughter, Miss Virginia Sudduth
have moved from Paris to Irvine to
Mrs. L. M. Tribble has returned
from ,an extended visit to Mr. and
Mrs. Walter E. Glenn, in Stephen
Mrs. Allpiand Arthur, of Win
chester street, has as snipst hr ,.
ter, Miss Fannie McClure, of Con
way, Ky. '
Mrs. William Crawford has re
turned to her home near Midway, af
ter a visit to Mrs. Theodore Butler
Mr. Reynolds Bell, of the coun
ey, left Tuesday for Berea, where he
will matriculate as a student at
Miss Sallie Whaley has con
cluded a verv nlasant visit tn tvi
and Mrs. William Hughes and family
Mrs. James Grinnell and Miss
Ina Mattox are visiting Mrs. Lucy
Bryant, in Covington, and Miss Nora
Hartley, in Cincinnati.
Dr. H. E. Foster left Wednes
day for Owenton, Ky., to spend a ten
days' vacation with his parents, Dr.
una ivirs. i. ju. Foster, Sr.
Mr. Jesse Herrin, who recently
underwent a surgical operation at
the Massie Memorial Hospital, in this
city, is considerably improved.
Miss Clara Baldwin, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Baldwin, who
has been seriously ill at the Massie
Memorial Hospital, is improving.
Mr. and Mrs, 0. P. Carter will
move to Lexington soon -to reside.
Their daughter, Miss Elizabeth Stu
art Carter, is attending school there.
Miss Nancy Barbee Wilson,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Sims
Wilson, left Wednesday, for Shelby
ville, to attend Science Hill Academy.
Miss Anna B. Price, of Danville,
has returned home, accompanied by
Miss Lillian DeJarnett, after a visit
to Mrs. J. W. DeJarnett, on Sixteenth
Mrs. Charles H. Mehagan, of
Chicago, formerly Miss Virgie Kelley,
of Millersburg, is a guest of her sis
ter, Mrs. E. F. Clay, and Col. Clay,
Mr. W. S. Caywood, formerly of
Paris, who is now connected with the
Bureau of Supplies, at Washington,
D. C, is a guest of his brother, Mr.
J. B. Caywood, County Superintend
ent of Schools.
Miss Nell Whaley, of Paris, who
was elected as instructor of Latin in
.Hamilton College, in Lexington, will
assume ner duties tnere next Monday.
'Miss Whaley will also have charge of
the Latin department at Transylva
Mrs. W. L. Davis, who has been
a guest of her sister, Mrs. J. T. Hin
ton, in this city, has gone to Louis
ville for a short visit to relatives.
She will return here for a visit to
Mrs. Hinton before returning to her
home in Columbia, South Carolina.
Mr. Keith Phillips, of Atlanta,"
Georgia, came to Paris, Wednesday,
to welcome the new arrival in his
household, Master Marion Keith
Phillips. Mr. Phillips and fajmily
are guests at the home of Mrs. Phil
lips' parents, Mr. and Mrs. James
Douglas, at Ninth and 'Main.
Miss Josephine Hayden, former-
ly of Paris, who has been doing club
work at Paducah, will leave to-morrow
for Jacksonville, 111., where she
will resume her duties as teacher in
the school. Miss Hayden is a daugh
ter of Mr. arid Mrs. J. W. Hayden, of
this city, and has been very success
ful in her chosen work.
(Other Personals on Page 5.)
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The Flavor Lasts.
Mrs. Mollie James, of this city, is
in receipt of a letter from her son,
Sergt. Lawrence H. James, written
from France under date of August 9,
from which THE NEWS has been
permitted to make the following ex
tracts: "August 9.
"Dear Mother: First, of all. I
want to tell you that I am here, safe
and sound, faring much btter than I
had ever hoped for. Five of the ser
geants, including- myself, are billet
ed with a French family.- Very nice,
indeed, and while we 'can't shoot the
lingo' very strong, we manage to get
along very nicely by (making signs
and ,using our French-English dic
tionaries. We have two rooms, and
our beds are very inviting, great
thick feather affairs with pure lambs
wool blankets for cover. Our eats
are good, also, and the officers are
taking awfully good care of us.
"Spent four days and four nights
.on the train from the port at which
we were landed, to standing on our
heads and most every way imagin
able. The roads of France are much
better than those of our U. S. A., and
are very picturesque, with trees
growing on both sides, each tree be
ing the same distance from the other,
and all directly opposite each other.
The country is very rolling and the
all of them built of stone many years
ago. There are no porches Our
trip was some trip. Part of the men
rode in the quaint old boxcars label
ed Hommes 40, Chateaux 8. Others
rode in passenger coaches, which the
French distinctively divide into first,
second and third class. Each car is
divided into four compartments, each
compartment seating eight -persons.
.... The trip would have been tire
some, but during the day the scenery
was so fine that we couldn't feel wor
ried and naturally all soldiers have
learned to sleep at night, however
uncomfortable the sleeping place may
be. We sleDt standins- on nnr henrlc
some of the time.
"Getting shaved in a barber shop
is one of the few luxuries I've been
afforded since I have been over here.
It was ajmusing to me. Anderson
Cahal might get a few pointers and
I know 'Zeke' Curtis could. The
Frenchie who scraped me was an old
bird, about fifty-five, I should judge.
He placed me in an old barber chair,
nothing at all like those in the U.
S., just a plain, straight-backed af
fair, with a movable panel, with head
rest attached. He shaved me with a
blade that looked like the one in the
guillotine which beheaded Marie An
toinette But I won't prolong the
agony by telling you of all the misery
I went through with while that fel
low was working on my 'beard,'
Suffice it to say it was awful.
"I think I was in the same town
where Buddie was for a few days, but
I couldn't find him Saw two Paris
hoj's and a Jew lieutenant from Lex
ington over here, Billie Gouston, a
brother of Mrs. Matt Lair. You might
phone her and tell her that he is 0.
K. and looking fine. Well, I must
close now, so with love to all, I am.
,- . "LAWRENCE.,,.
"P. S. My address is Sergt. Law
rence H. James, M. G. Co., 143dJtf
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