Letterhead: AMERICAN Y.M.C.A.
ON ACTIVE SERVICE WITH THE AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE
August 15, 1917
Dear Mildred: -
No, I'm not peeved. How could I be. Just neglected to write a line or two to a "bon ami" (not meant for the scouring stuff sold at the stores). I really think you are rather brief in your writing. But I feel pretty free to write because "Looie" is in gay Paree se soir and he won't know I have written - ha! ha!
Thank you very much for the card Mrs. Neher. because I don't think M. deserves to be thanked for what she wrote. Of course, if I wasn't sure it was alright I would-
write such harsh words.
I guess tonight I must have a streak like the one I had the night you and I ate the ice cream and then toped it off with a tamale. Oh! my, and Mildred thot she might die, too! Se trist!
I am certainly glad to hear that you are at the beach. You ought to be happy now. Glad you have a good job. Hope your Grandparents are well and give them my Bon jours. -
It is getting so dark I can't see so I must close. Excuse the scrawl for I haven't much to write on.
Bon sante et l'espere pour votre letre.
Mar. 5, 1918 "Somewhere in France"
I know you have been wondering why I haven't written. No, dear, I didn't forget you. A heavy beam was dropped on my right foot and broke my right foot. While in the hospital I contracted scarlet fever and they wouldn't allow me to write. I was in the hospital over a month. I am back with the company now and I am feeling fine.
We are now wearing steel helmets and carry a French and English gas mask. We also