Somewhere in Belgium, 8/8/1918

August 8th, 1918

Dear sister Madaline

Am still keeping my promise by writing you every day although the news is very scarce and non-interesting.  I think I wrote you all the news of interest in my last few letters.  I surely am a fool to get my mail mixed up the way I did with Anna’s and Priscilla’s letters.  Say it looks as if I were in real love doesn’t it.  Priscilla has been real faithful to me since I left home as she has written me at least twice a week.  She surely is a good girl and I surely think the world of her.  Do you blame me.  I am going to write to Anna, Priscilla and Wulfersts today although since I arrived in france I have yet to receive a letter from the Wulferts.

The weather in the past week has been fairly good but today its great.  The sun is shining its warm and very pleasant to rest in as today is my day of rest.  The mess is still continuing to come in good and plenty of it.  We get meat at least once a day coffee for three meals, 1 third of a loaf of bread daily, bacon once a day, oat meal & raisins once a day and bread pudding for supper and butter and jam.  My condition and health is the best yet and I really have no complaints to make.

Guess I will close now will write again tomorrow.  With love and kisses to you all, I am.

Your Brother


Corporal J. Maus

105 U.S Inf. Co. A

American E.F.

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From Priscilla, 8/5/1918

Kings Park, L.I.

Aug 5, 1918

My dearest Joe.

I was so happy to receive your always welcome letters and two cards.  Joe dear, do you receive the letters I write you?  I write every week and you surely ought to have quite a few.  I am so glad you aren’t in the trenches and I hate to think what might happen to you when you are in them.  Every night in my prayers I always pray for you and Jim, that you both might come back to us safe and unharmed.  Yes, and I’m afraid my kid brother will have to go now, as Gen. Crowder says all men + boys from 18 to 45 must go.  You must have a great time sleeping in billets with horrible rats running around.  Your army life is no cinch is it.  Well Joe we all hope for the best + are anxiously looking forward to when our boys come home again.  Joe I am sending you a little emblem of good luck, five leaves means extra good luck, so just put it in your purse for safe keeping.

If the weather in France is any thing like its here you boys have my greatest sympathy.  Yesterday it was 102 degrees in the shade, but thank heavens it’s a little cooler today.  I wish it was winter time.

Ours boys are doing wonderful work in France, the papers give wonderful news which I follow very closely.

Joe, my cousin and I are going to take some pictures today and if they turn out half way decent I’ll send you a couple.

I am still going to school, how I wish I was finished.

Do you hear very often from any folks in Jamaica?  Have you met any of your old friends yet?  I guess chances are slim in that line.  There are three brothers from here who were scarcely a mile apart and didn’t know it until they were moved to other towns.  All the boys from here always write and ask where Jim is thinking they might run across him, but none have so far.

I want this letter to catch the next mail so I’ll close with lots + lots of love.

Yours for ever


PS:  Excepted for the duration of the war + ever after.  Get me?

Be sure + write as soon as you can.  My cousin says she is going to write to you.

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Postcard from Somewhere in Belgium, 8/2/1918

Field Service Post Card

Addressed to:

Bob O’Farrell

Jeffry Avenue

Jamaica, L.I



I am well.

Letter follows at first opportunity.

Joseph Maus

August 2nd 1918

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