Journal of Lieutenant Banks Arendell

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word French speech (all the [?]) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. [deleted]However much the French men and women who were my victims laughed after I left them[deleted] I didn't even care how much [deleted]fun[deleted] [inserted]laughing[inserted] my victims [deleted]had[deleted] did after I left. They took me seriously while I was face to face with them.

Hal [Ingram?] wanted to know the name for chicken, as a gay looking French lady brushed by him. He [deleted]used[deleted] called out "powlet" [deleted]more than once[deleted] [inserted]to at least a dozen[inserted] after that. Once also when we stopped before a store, Hal wanted to know what meant "Good day." His consequent "Bon jour" was scorned by the two "poulets" who were standing near us. Immediately Hal [deleted] came back with a "quick, what means Good night?"

We leave tonight. As usual we know not whither we are bound.

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Chapter "In Billets."

August 22 - October? I have [deleted]omitted[deleted] the 20th & the 21st for the reason that [deleted]both[deleted] nothing transpired [inserted]during those days[inserted] except [deleted]about[deleted] a two weeks trip in [deleted]box cars[deleted] those "Hommes 40, Chevaux (en long) 8" cars from Le Havre to Flogny. The scenery was magnificent. Old [deleted]castles[deleted] chateau were many and close together, villages were white [inserted]and[inserted] neat [deleted]and they presented an attractive[deleted] in appearance; fields were clean-looking and perfectly tilled.

The long trip came to an end at Flogny early in the morningof this date. Here [deleted] the regiment separated. Each little village in the divisional zone accomodates 3 or 4 companies. We drew Lignieres, and the lot was a lucky one for us, for a more thoughtful and accomodating people are not born.

{deleted]I preceded[deleted] As billeting officer and town

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major for the troops at Lignieres, I preceded my company by an hour or so. Monsieur Le Maire stopped his personal work wined [deleted] [deleted], and also perhaps wound me up a little, and led me to the places for billeting. In a short while [inserted]both[inserted] our officers and our men were [deleted]comfortably[deleted] most satisfactorily located. It was both comforting and relieving. Personally I have a room with this grand old man Monsieur [deleted]Maiyee[deleted] Mailley. He and his wife and his whole family are the best people on earth. They would go miles out of their way and work just to do the least accomodating thing for "les soldats Americains."

Monsieur Paupe, le secretair, is just as kind and thoughtful as the mayor. I don't know what I

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should have done without [his?] [inserted]hearty aid[inserted]. Then the {Coutriea?] and [Collynor?} families, [inserted]who are[inserted] Parisians here for the summer, [deleted] are always doing things for me. My capitain has his quarters in the home of the latter two families. During the three days we have been here, we officers have had and accepted five invitations to meals at these various houses. French cooking [inserted]more than[inserted] deserves its reputation. [deleted]I have been I wish[deleted] My [deletedl handful of French comes in pretty handy every day at the [deleted]houses[deleted] [inserted]homes[inserted] of these friends and at other places.

I wish I could [deleted]advise[deleted] [inserted]tell[inserted] every American [inserted] in sufficient words[inserted] of the hospitality that French [inserted]people[inserted] give Americans [deleted]and advise[deleted]. Any advise to [deleted]bar[deleted] [inserted]be[inserted] reciprocal [deleted ??] toward Frenchmen who [deleted]wil[deleted] will [inserted]visit[inserted] America in the future

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would be entirely unnecessary.

At every drinking [inserted]time be it[inserted] water, wine or what not, it is either "a votre sante" or vive l'Amerique et la France". Frenchmen love Americans.

There is a lot of personal satisfaction in being in a M. G. Co. Nobody doubts, especially now, since the fighting armies have perforce taken up open warfare, that machine guns are the [inserted]"boss"[inserted] weapons. [inserted]As Germans fall back on the [entire?] front[inserted] German M.G.'s are taking life after life of our allied troops [deleted]as the[deleted]. The allies are using our "boss" weapon as a successful counter-measure. We anticipate using such tactics as will be fatal for Germans, be they riflemen, M. g'unners, or what not. Our [inserted]m.g's are quite successfully coping with the enemy's, thereby[inserted] allow our victorious troops to push [one?] and [one?]. The morale of the boys is, in the words of one them, "tree top high." Three of four weeks from the

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