Monday, Nov. 19, 1917. Took my last look at Soissons, and heard the guns at the front for the last time as a volinteer. Went into the cathedral and met four U.S. Senators. One of them was very excited over a shell that landed close to him that morning up at the Inalmeason. Left Soissons at 3:30 for Paris. Arrived at Paris at 8:30.
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 1917 Got my release from the
Field Service and the French Army. Once again a free man after six months service. All in all it has been a wonderful experience, and a most wonderful six months.
Dec. 1, 17 After going around to aviation headquarters at 45 Ave. Montaigue every day they finaly inlisted nine of us today. They say that they will send us out to school in about a week.
Dec. 8, 17 Moved from the Hotel Hostman into the barracks at 30 Rue
montaigne. It is a mighty good thing tht the government is going to house and feed us as we are all about busted. I had to borrow money from Dick Wilson until my $85.oo transportation money come from New York. I telegraphed for it the first day I was in Paris as I came in from the Front with only 60 francs.
Dec. 15th '17.
Got in at 12:30 tonight only an hour and a half late. Sgt. Llouwelly caught me on the stairs and gave me the very dickens. Peterson and Brown told me that I was supposed
to be in quarantine, and to take my bedding etc. up to the top floor. I guess that Perry Patton and I have been having a too good a time. Since I last wrote I have been to the Grand Oppera, Follies, and Olimpia, without mentioning the smaller shows.
Dec. 19th '17
Have been jammed up in this foul hole for three days now with fourty two other men. All of us in seven small rooms, with coal oil stoves for heat. The ground is covered with about ten inches of snow.