that we had, [deleted] we traveled for 9 hours through the most [inserted]strikingly[inserted] beautiful country that I have ever seen. Meadows, [deleted] hillocks, mountains, and lowlands, - all presented a [inserted]series of[inserted] pictures which I shall never forget. [deleted]Fields of all varieties of grain[deleted] Fields of midsummer verdure were regularly planted and most carefully tended. Fodder was stacked not in helter skelter bundles all over the field but in even rows with [deleted]squ?[deleted] [inserted]unvarying[inserted] intervals and distances. It was a veritable military formation. Hillsides, lowgrounds, old railroad beds, [deleted]and[deleted] in short, all available land was planted in something eatable. [inserted]Occasional canals, with irrigation facilities, wound their way thro' cultivated fields.[inserted] It was unquestionably an example of fertility + need x thrift equalling [deleted]in?[deleted] unrivalled efficiency.
[deleted]Little[deleted] Farm houses, [inserted]nearly every one of red pressed brick,[inserted] little & big stood usually in a cluster of small trees. [inserted]Very often there were[inserted] an [deleted] adjacent lake and artificial waterfalls. [deleted]
Rock ditches and fences, some having perhaps stood for centuries, held the ground fast. There were no signs of [inserted]destructive[inserted] washing. Wooden homes were few in the country & entirely lacking in the several cities we came through. There was an apparent dearth of woods everywhere. The cleanliness of manufacturing towns, cities, and the whole country impressed everyone. In the words of one of our boys everything looked as tho' the whole 321st Inf. had just policed up for a Saturday morning inspection.
We passed through Glazebook, the great glass furnace town and Sheffield, the [deleted]former[deleted] home of the famous cutlery & silver works. The whole trip was one which made us incline to forget our real purpose in coming over here. We can now easily understand why Englishmen love England.
Our second "rest camp" is [inserted]on the outskirts of[inserted] the oldest
Britain town, Winchester. [deleted] Antique houses, [deleted] [inserted]old[inserted] landmarks recalled the days of [deleted] King Athur, [?] Conqueror, Bloody Mary, Philip of Spain (married [??]) W Castle & Cathedral[inserted]. The [inserted]famous[inserted] old [deleted]Cathedral[deleted] dates [inserted]all the way[inserted] back to the [deleted]eleventh[deleted] [inserted]tenth[inserted] century.
We have had several air raids in our first twelve hours here. But not of the hostile variety. [deleted][I?] English Aviation school nearby[deleted]. Six or eight airplanes, with the allied insignia, fly over us at all times of the day. The [inserted]two[inserted] English aviation schools nearby is responsible [deleted]for the[deleted]
August 15 - Today I had the enviable opportunity of seeing the most interesting sights in Britain's old capital and oldest city. [deleted[The[deleted] Together with my whole company, I [deleted]marched from camp to[deleted] made a detailed inspection of [deleted]old[deleted] Winchester Castle and [inserted]the famous[inserted] Winchester Cathedral.
[deleted]In[deleted] Of the [deleted]former place[deleted] Castle only the
monks took [deleted]432[deleted] [inserted]over 400[inserted] years to build it. Great Hall of King Arthur remains. The remainder was laid to ruins by Cromwell and his [deleted]whole[deleted] revolutionary followers. [deleted]Of the[deleted] The Round Table, of which [deleted] Mallory in his Morte D'Arthur so interestingly describes, [deleted]still[deleted] [inserted]today[inserted] exists presumably as the great Knights left it in the 14 century. This relic [inserted]of the Castle[inserted] is the [deleted]one and[deleted] only one of [deleted] historical and literary interest that escaped the [deleted]deadly[deleted] ravaging invasion of the revolutionists.
In the Cathedral we were fortunate enought to have as guide a witty sexton of the place. His detailed knowledge of English history complete with his [deleted]enviable[deleted] [inserted]superior[inserted] manner of talking made our two-hour trip thro' the ancient church thoroughly interesting. His tale of how St. Nicholas, [inserted]an ancient [?] bishop and[inserted] our Santa Claus, giving a poor man three bags of gold for his [inserted]three[inserted] daughters'
dowries, and of how this poor man started the 3 goldball [deleted]loan[deleted] pawn shop by setting up a loan shop in London afterwards featured with the men. [deleted]The whole story was carved[deleted] There is no question as to the veracity of the story, for it was there before our eyes carved on a huge fountain of black Belgian marble which had been taken to a famous sculptor in Turkey in the eleventh century A.D. and which was brought back & placed there [W??].
Then there was the old Roman well which was dug by Caesar's adventurers when they came [deleted]back[deleted] for a second time to [deleted]England[deleted] Britain at the end of the second century [deleted]B.C.[deleted] A.D. A week before we came to Winchester, the Sexton said, the baby of an [inserted]English[inserted] noble had the honor and distinction of [deleted]having been[deleted] being baptised in the [inserted]ancient[inserted] fountain of [inserted]black[inserted] Belgian marble filled with the