Neufchateau, France 11/6/1917


Dear Em and the rest,


Color Guard, 1917

Todays mail brought in a Boston Post dated Oct. 4-17 and Ive just got through reading some (real news). While at the border I didn’t care much about news papers for we could at least read and understand what the papers there, said. But here, it is a message from the living to the dead to get a real Boston Paper with some real Americano news. It was ten minutes past six when I starded in on this paper (which looks as though it had gone through an ingagment) and it is now eight oclock so you see I just devoured every thing of any interest at all in it. I saw the adds of the dance halls, theatres, and other such points of “interest”, but yet so far from our present occupation. Keep them going for the boys say that they would like to patranize some of these places in the near future.


I see they were to give the “draft” fellows a great send off Oct 5th, and some of them banquets. God help the dear boys.


Well Em I suppose there are quite a few uniforms flouting around town now but I bet it never will come up to this side of the pond. Every body is a soldier although it seems no two uniforms are alike. I also read where ice cream, beans and etc. are very much on the incline as to prices. By the way, talking about beans, we got a few of these last night for supper, the first we’ve had since Westfield. It was only the other day that we got our first coffee. These things make it seems more like we were in U.S. and beleive me that is some happy thought.


The Y.M.C.A. issued a sack of Bull Durham Tobacco to each and every man here and that was a present that could not be duplicated by any other one thing. I read the editorial page and also the Observant Citizen and I was very interested, more so than when Id read it at home and I always enjoyed this page when at home. You folks get more news of the war and conditions here than we do, for we read this news with much interest. I guess there is things doing up at the front right now though by all apperances. The other two fellows (who are corporals, one of them the fellow that was in the tent with me at Lynnfield – Jim) cut enough wood today to last and keep us warm tonight and tomorrow. We’ve got a corking fire going now and this old kitchen is very comfortable. I wish you could see us. All writing, letters or post cards, home. They havent quite got the nack of writing as much as I do though.


How is Pa, Lena, Bert, the Hollands and the rest. I do wish the mail would come in for I feel sure that these questions will be answered when it does come in. Im feeling as fine as ever but some of the fellows are in pretty bad shape from colds rheumatizm (or what ever you call it) and sore feet. How is the bread holding out. It is the scarsest article in France, for there are some meals we don’t get any.


Has the wind begun to whistle around the corner of Belmont and B.H. St. yet? I suppose you’ll soon be tee heeing at the kids coasting. Im sorry I can’t “Look It” and only wish I could. Look Em do you think I need a hair cut. Has Henry showed up since? Give him my regards when he does. How is old George and his grand child. Has any one heard from Tom? Is Mr. Holland any better? Say what is going on in the old village anyway? How are the Perfections Bert? Pa, how is Old Bill? Is the water bill any smaller since I left? What is the latest song? How are they getting along with the Refinery. Has Lena made any pies or cakes latly? OH for a “wedge” of one of those pies you folks will have Nov. 26th.


Well Em wind up that clock now and get up in the morning




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