trip across the Atlantic. Each mile we travel carries us, we are told, that much deeper into the danger zone. From this night on real danger [deleted]is[deleted] confronts and surrounds us. Still, promenading, dancing, [inserted]light[inserted] chatting, and card playing will go on uninterruptedly.
Snow fell today - Perhaps the more I [inserted]might[inserted] comment on it, the less likely it would seem. But I saw and felt it, [hou??] like as it was.
I censored my first letter today. I could not help but feel somewhat guilty.
August 7 - The [inserted]patriotic[inserted] Red Cross nurses had a fortune telling seance today for a most admirable cause. The proceeds are to be given to the enlisted men on board [deleted] who have sunk [deleted]practically[deleted] almost all or all of their finances in the ship's dry canteen.
My quarter went rather for the cause than [inserted]for[inserted]the effect. The lady read my past, present, and future in a deck of cards and [deleted[told me[deleted] gave much information about what was going to happen to me. I am to win a medal, grieve over the death of a beloved friend, and come back home. [deleted]I am in love with a girl in [A?] for all fortune tellers' l[deleted]. As for the hobby of all fortune tellers, love, she told me to discard the fickle girl I left behind and glue my affections to this nurse on board who silently loved me. She didn't know I was married.
August 8 - Nothing of importance this day except the coldest weather we have yet had and another musical entertainment for the men. Program (me)
No one attempts to withhold his hopes that our long heard - and talked-of additional
[deleted]convoys[deleted] escorts will meet us within the next few days. Danger, we hear, increases.
August 9 - We passed today thro' the most dangerous part of the danger zone, and nothing which could cause any danger was sighted. This submarine scare has proved to be a child's fright. I can surely see that this former menace to the final Allied triumph is certainly obviated. These numerous destroyers, who came out to meet us today, were certainly welcomed by all. My clothes came off [deleted] tonight. I feel as safe as a [deleted]penny[deleted] dollar in a Nat. Bank.
I was stuck with guard duty today. I don't rejoice over having to get up at 4 o'clock in the morning.
August 10 - Rising at 4 AM to go on guard proved fortunate for me this
morning. When I got [deleted]up[deleted] above, I saw land. Dear old Ireland [deleted]the ? houses of fin[deleted] had wove into view during the early hours of the morning. Many of her lighthouses, which had doubtless guided us safely off the rock of her mountainous coast, were still blinking from their innumerable positions on the [inserted]water[inserted] side of the towering hills. [inserted]The steep rocky hills,[inserted] the clean white houses, and the well laid off fields [deleted]of green[deleted] (tillage?) were strikingly symbolic of all that could be said, read, or sung of the widely admired island.
The [deleted]numerous famous[deleted] Irish Sea fogs [inserted]in[inserted] which we were [deleted]so often[deleted] a day and a half delayed gave us numerous and convincing substantiation of their world-renown.
Then [deleted]came[deleted] appeared [inserted]the north western coast of[inserted] Scotland on our port side. There too rose the giant crags of [deleted] past and present fiction. The Highlands [deleted]?? a good start for height[deleted]
[deleted] must have [deleted]been[deleted] taken their beginning right from the water side. Such sights tend to make us wish that this was a pleasant trip in peace time. Then we could overrun both these historical old countries and see all. [inserted]character of English - Reserve.[inserted]
August 11 - The twelfth day from our starting from New York Harbour. We are steaming up the River Mersey [deleted]River[deleted] just outside [deleted]the city of[deleted] Liverpool. In a few hours we shall be [inserted]safely landed[inserted] on English soil, [deleted]after being[deleted]. Then [inserted]our fortnight of[inserted] rest will bring renewed energy from all of us in the line of tactical [deleted]training[deleted] [inserted]instruction[inserted]. [deleted]I have[deleted] [inserted]All of us, men & officers,[inserted] men, proud of [deleted]their[deleted] [inserted]our[inserted] country and [inserted]our[inserted] division and [inserted]our[inserted] regiment, are cheerfully ready to go [deleted] [inserted]whole heartedly[inserted] into that intensive training which will better prepare us for [deleted]sharing[deleted] having [deleted] a hand in the great victory which we are determined is near at hand.