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a more interesting and beautiful ride. The conductor took a special interest in us, as did likewise several of the passengers. They pointed out to us all the famous millionaires’ mansions, the particular buildings of interest in Central Park, and also prominent buildings that could be seen in the distance, such as Columbia College, St. John’s Cathedral, etc. We returned on the same bus, and sat back to enjoy Riverside Drive to our heart’s content. The trip lasted about two hours, and we arrived back at the hotel at half-past three, where I dispatched a few postals to you.
After a few minutes’ breathing spell we set out again. This time it was to the business district and Brooklyn Bridge. Mother, you can explain to Dad better than I can how that part of New York is located. We took the subway at Forty-first Street and Broadway, and in a few minutes we were landed at the other end of town. By the way, it was my first ride on a subway train, and I appreciated the novelty of it. The first thing we did was to walk out to the middle of Brooklyn Bridge; it was a wonderful sight: but there was something still better in store for us. After lingering on the bridge for a while, we walked along those streets where millions are made and lost in a few minutes. You'll have a very fortunate son. Mother, if my head does not fall off tonight after the way 1 twisted my neck gazing up at the real skyscrapers. After we had feasted our eyes on these sights for half an hour or so, we caught the subway back and returned to the hotel.
I just could not wait until tomorrow to tell you all I saw, so I had to take advantage of these few minutes before we eat supper to write you. Don't you think that we have been busy boys since we landed in this city? I don’t exactly know what the program will be tonight. I think that all the theatres are closed, but the evening is young, and we arc pretty certain to keep going.
New York is the easiest town in the world to find your way about; of course, when it comes to seeking information
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such and such was such.” It will have to be: “Was so and so such when you were East, Charlie?” Ha! ha! The more I stop to reflect that I am in Xew York, the less I can realize it. W’hv, even as I write this letter I look out the window and see thousands of electric signs that form the Great W hite W ay. and 1 always thought such things existed for me in another world. Wrc bought last Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle today, and I’m going to glance over it now before we go out, and see if the home town is still O. K. I guess dear old S. F. would just about make one street in Xew York. Xow don’t get mad. dad: I was only fooling.
All my love to you both, and I will write again tomorrow.
Xew York, February 24. l‘M8.
Dearest Dad and Mother:
This is a continuation of my first experiences in the Big City. As I closed my letter to you last night. I was just preparing to take in “Oh, Hoy!" at the Casino Theatre. It was a typical Broadway show, and we enjoyed every minute of it. After the show we met Yin Meherin and a couple of others in our party who had seen Maxime Elliot and Xat (ioodwin, and together we all promenaded along the Great White Wav and saw Xew York at its merriest. There seemed to be millions of people on the streets; we would walk along a few feet and then would he caught in a jam and forced to stand still. It reminded me of a carnival. We turned into bed at the hotel about 2 o’clock, and arose bright and early this morning.
At 11 o’clock we split into parties and all started out in opposite directions to see as much as possible. Art Davidson and I formed our combination, and the first thing we did was to take a Fifth Avenue bus. The bus ran along fashionable Fifth Avenue, passed Central Park, along the bank of the Hudson and terminated around One Hundred and Sixty-eighth Street. I don’t think that we could have chosen
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ROVINGS OF A "JACKIE"
from people, we are anything’ but bashful. We must have asked about a million questions and every one was answered. The people here are willing to go a mile out of their way to help you along. We all admit that San Francisco and New York are identical in every respect. The people of both cities seem to possess the same sort of energy; the dress, manners, customs and life are the same. To tell the honest truth, I feel more at home in New York than I did in Los Angeles. In all, folks, it has surely been a glorious weekend for me. I have seen New York in a way in which I would never have been able to see it again, and I have enjoyed it much more than I ever could have under any other circumstances. It has all been a dream that 1 never before thought could be realized.
Before it slips my mind, did I ever tell you how we have our brothers from the East “kidded’’ about the West? We tell stories about how the cowboys and Indians used to ride in for miles around to hear our 300-piece band at San Pedro; tell them of the flourishing farms around Powell and Market Streets, and such things as that. It s a picnic. The majority of them have their ideas of the West from moving pictures, and they believe that before the war we all used to pack guns around on our hips. Well, folks, I think that I have overwritten myself, for. as Mother used to say when she got tired writing, “I have a cramp in mv thumb.” I hope that everything is all right with you both, and that by now you have ceased worrying over my trip. All my love to you both. I will write again tomorrow.
Naval Training Station, Pelham Bay Park. New York, March 3, 1918.
My Dear Friend:
At this reading you are undoubtedly aware of the details concerning my rather hasty leavetaking from the land of
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