Journal of Lieutenant Banks Arendell

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water from the old Roman well.

The other points of interest are too numerous to go into in detail. Tablets, chapels, graves, tombs, and additional things came in their proper order - all to the amusement of us all. The most interesting feature of the whole church, however, from the standp't of beauty, was the wonderful [inserted]white marble[inserted] alter, containing the most beautiful Norman? sculpturing in the world. The [inserted]white stone[inserted] figure of the Christ served as an awe-inspiring climax to [deleted]the whole trip[deleted] [inserted]our amusing & instructive tour[inserted].

August 15 - Today we left Winchester for Southhampton for what was expected to be an immediate embarkation for a [trans?] channel trip. We were [deleted]turned around[deleted] given a to-the-rear at the dock for some unknown [inserted]U-boat[inserted] reason or [other?]

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and led out to another one of these misnamed Rest Camps on the outskirts of the town. [deleted]That night I [???][deleted] A ten-hour sleep that night refreshed me for the restful drill and hike we had the following day.

August 17 - [deleted] Orders came pretty unexpectedly about noon for us to proceed that afternoon to the docks for embarkation. [deleted]Sudden[deleted] Coming so suddenly [inserted]as they did[inserted] these orders upset a lot of sentimental arrangements a few of the boys had made the night before. [deleted][?] night is not [???][deleted] But they [inserted]and others[inserted] will continue to make [inserted]such[inserted] arrangements and have them broken by contemporary army orders.

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The trip was made at night from S-H to Le Havre. All that people say about the English Channel begin rough is true a thousand times over again. Let me swear to that. Our little, loaded down side-wheeler rocked [deleted]from stem to stern[deleted] up and down and back and forth and both up & down and back & forth again and again. I was glad I was in my bunk and not up standing around for intestinal reasons. We were docked at Le Havre when I awoke the next morning.

August 18 - I got my first view of the renowned ["poilies"?] today. A [deleted]platoon[deleted] couple of squads of them marched by our dock just before we disembarked. Old and young, [deleted]we[deleted]

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educated and uneducated, healthy and sickly, - all degrees and states of citizenship were unquestionably [deleted]be[deleted] represented here in this handful of French soldiers. My heart beat fast for a second and I shuddered with chilled admiration. I was convinced that all [deleted]French[deleted] the manhood [inserted]of glorious France[inserted] was bearing arms against the world - be destroyer of [inserted]all of[inserted] her three ideals - Liberty, equality, fraternity.

A number of German prisoners of war, the first I had seen, were working under armed guard near the disembarkation point. They looked tremblingly interested [deleted]in the landing of[deleted] as our sixteen hundred [deleted]saviors of mankind[deleted] robust Americans landed. I wished to myself that at least one of them could have gone home to [deleted]his[deleted] revered Kaiser to tell what he had seen - not soldiers alone but [deleted]a spirited[deleted] a determination [deleted]

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to WIN.

[deleted]A lot Ital[deleted] Many Italian soldiers were at the rest camp on their way to Russia. They [deleted]are[deleted] look like a healthy and dangerous lot. The officers are exceptionally sociable. Several speak English very well and French fluently. They are required to speak French before they can be commissioned. [deleted]They[deleted] In this small number one could very easily see a very comprehesive reason for the big Austria retirement of [deleted] [deleted] June and July.

August 19 - [deleted]I[deleted] An opportunity I have for years longed for came today [deleted]namely, the one[deleted] in my having the chance to speak[deleted]a little[deleted] French in a French town. I acted as interpreter [deleted]for[deleted] [inserted]for some of the boys with my simple

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