October 1, 1917

Dear Ma:-

It seems as though matters would never straighten out here and yet I suppose eventually they will. I sent two postals on the 27th saying that I had been turned down. On the 28th, I wrote to Col. Kean who is in charge of all the Ambulance Service, asking that I might be allowed to stay and enlist. Charley Bayly, chef de la S. S. U. 26, also sent him a note saying that I had been with the service for so long and hoped serious consideration would be given to my case, etc. Therefore, I have to wait Col. Kean's answer before I know what will happen to me.

It happened that when the recruiting officers came around, nobody in this section nor 63 which is working near us, signed, because we found out that when the sections were re-formed, men from the school at Allentown, Pa., were to be put in charge. This is just one example of how the Americans are making fools of themselves, when there are men here who have been working at the front for from 6 - 18 months and know the job better than it can ever be taught by lectures and drill.

However, I want to stay in with one or two others who have already signed up and most of all, I would like to finish the job. I will write again as soon as I hear from Col. Kean.


Got bombed rather severely last. night, but nobody hurt.