August 9, 1918

21 letter

Dear Mother:-

I was mighty glad to get the Sunday picture parts that Betty sent and also a letter from you telling about the trip to Boston. Who else do you suppose wrote me? Mr. F. C. Woodman, who said that he went shopping with you while you were in Boston.

I have been in at headquarters since the 6th, but we get almost as much work here as at the front, as all the men eventually get back to the distributing hospitals - one of which is in our town - and then they have to be carried on back. The first day I was in here, I was up until midnight and although I did not start work until the middle of the afternoon, the day's run amounted to over 200 kilometers. A boy the other day set a new high mileage record for 24 hours by doing 409 kilometers. I have the record for number of men carried in 24 hours - 61.


On the eleventh, I go out to post again and I am going to one of the new front posts. I have no idea how it will be as it all depends on how much action there will be.

My birthday party sounded very nice, but you all guessed wrong as to where I was. That day I was in Milan and in the afternoon left for field headquarters.

I hope to go on permission in about three weeks and if so, I am going with Jim Eaton (Lawrence, Mass., and Harvard 1921). We get passes to ride free on Italian Railroads, so we will bum up and down Italy for ten days; Rome, Naples, Pompei, Vesuvius, Capri, Sarento and Genoa, we hope to cover. Genoa, because there is a rumor that some American place is there where one can get honest-to-goodness pie.

Tonight I broke a piston ring in the machine which means that I will have to pull it all to pieces tomorrow, so I think I will stop and get to bed early. Never felt better.


P.S. If no letter should come, don't worry as it has taken three days to get time enough to write this. All the odd moments up till now have been taken up fixing the car or doing other odd, but necessary, jobs. If we saw any real action, I might not get a chance to write for some time.