September 15, 1917

Dear Ma:-

Just a short note in answer to two of yours (Aug. 23d and 25th) and one of Betty's (Aug. 18th).

Hardly anything has happened since I wrote last. During one of the nights I was at my last post, I was awake listening to the French bombardment when the Bosche decided to shoot up things a bit and put 86 shells over the post and into a field some 300 or 400 yards beyond.

Other news is what one might call sectional. Mr. Hyde is leaving tomorrow as his enlistment is up. Charlie Bayly, a Denver, Col., boy is now chef and Sam Shober of Phila. is temporary sous-chef. This has sort of peeved the section as Shober has cursed Charlie up and down every time there has been a slip while Charlie was sous-chef and even said that he never would accept anything from Charlie. Then he practically asks for the position and is given it temporarily. Naturally, we are all sort of peeved.

As to your notes. Horace Henriques was in Paris for only three days because they are sent directly to a school or camp and sometimes only stay over 24 hours.

I laughed when I read of your ride from Hoboken to Morristown or the other direction in an hour. We drive these cars nearly to the limit when there are no wounded in and we get quite used to weaving in and out of big trucks, wagons, men, etc. I used to think it must be rather hard when Walsh would drive up 7th Avenue that way, but we do now, all of us, without thinking, hardly.

In the other note, I think the bank account subject is the most interesting. I have some 320 francs now, but in about three weeks I am going on permission and I see that I will need some things if I am to stay here this winter. Besides there are permission expenses such as a hotel room and a good bed, meals, etc. You can't think what it means to look forward to being free to amuse one's self for ten full days without anyone saying a thing, after 4 1/2 months of nothing but endless blue uniforms, living in a world of wounded, doctors, stretcher., etc. When you get this note, it would make things much easier if you would telegraph me a bit.

I have had two letters from Marj and she seems to be sort of undecided as to whether she will come over this winter or not. As to me, I don't know what is going to happen. The first thing I am going to do when I get to Paris is go to Bobby Neeser and learn something definite. Then maybe I can decide something. I may be home in November yet.