September 12, 1918

31st letter

Dear Ma:-

A letter came from Betty two days ago and one from you yesterday. You seemed unduly worried about my bank account, but maybe that was because you had had no letters from me explaining what I had done. I still have a good bit in the bank and $50 in American bills with me. The Credito Italiano is the Equitable's correspondent here in Italy. Then I asked the Equitable if in case of emergency, some arrangement could be made so that I could have what I might want. They were nice enough to give me an emergency credit, so to speak, of 500 lire which I can draw into if need be, should my own actual credit be used up. However, please don't worry over it for I shan’t ask for more any sooner than is absolutely necessary.

Eleven of the boys are leaving today. They have only served four months, but when the came, a Red Cross man promised to get them back in time for college. I think I wrote all about that before. Anyway, one of them, Jno. Noyes, H. ‘20, is bringing back a little curiosity which I found and is going to send it to Betty for me. It is a bracelet made from the copper band off the bottom of an Austrian shell. I wanted to get some other little things to send home for Neltie and Hannah, but the soldiers here don't make things the way they do in France. I hope my letters are coming through all right, and especially number 30 which was rather more interesting than ordinarily. I had a letter from Warren Morse telling about the Harvard R.O.T.C. camp and the Plattsburg he went to and he said that they might lower the age for commissions. Is there any truth in that. I have to go on a call now, but there isn't much to say except that the regular routine work goes on. I am feeling great and everything except the first cylinder on the car is O.K. Tell me all the news when you write.