September 1, 1917

Dear Dad:

I am enclosing 20 francs which were given to me by a lieutenant who is attached to the staff of the Corps d' Armie of which we are a part. He asked me to send it to the States to be covered by cigarettes and cigars. I will leave the variety to your judgment as all he stipulated was "good ones". Please do the best you can with the 20 and send them to me. This particular lieutenant speaks extremely good English and has been very nice to all of us here and so I want to do the best I can for him.

Mother's little stove was again very handy this morning when, instead of going without any breakfast, I had about a litre or more of wonderful cocoa. That is sort of a compliment to myself as I made it, but it really was as good as any that Maillard can put out except it was minus the whipped cream on top.

Now, it's about time I was traveling back to headquarters again for lunch. Please take care of this little matter for me as soon as you can and let Mother send the cigars and cigarettes by mail with some other things. No duty is necessary unless you write "tobacco" on the outside of the package.