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sunshine, fruit and flowers: nor shall I burden you with a lengthy description of my transcontinental trip, tilled though it was with wonders that my fertile imagination never conjured as existing. We traveled via the Santa he. passing through Arizona, Xew Mexico, Colorado. Kansas. Missouri, Pennsylvania, and finally along the Hudson River to the Kmpire State. Your own experience as an American traveler will enable you to recall the glories of each of these places far better than I can portray them. In my own case, however. I doubt if I shall ever again have the good fortune to enjoy as much the trip over the American continent, for we traveled 450 strong, and every habitation along the way manifested its patriotism and showed the proper spirit by tendering us the municipal keys and allowing us the full possession and use. tree of cost, of street cars, fire engines and sundry municipal instrumentalities. As you know, I bear you no ill will whatever, but I did wish that you were one of us on the night we arrived in Xew York. One of the natives informed us that the temperature was 10 degrees above zero. At the time I was too cold to argue with him. but I insist to this day that it must have been 133degrees below zero. Since the day of our arrival the brand of weather has been such that it might fairly be compared with that of our own California, and we have received information from sources that are fairly reliable that the winter season is now spent, for which we are all quite thankful.
There are about six thousand men quartered here, living in barracks, about sixty men to each barrack, and every regiment having its own mess hall. With my wonted humility I hasten to apprise you of the statements that we have heard on all sides that our California unit forms the finest body of men that has entered the camp up to this time. The first day we were here men holding college degrees were taken from the unit and placed in another regiment, and are now taking a special course of instruction. In all about one hundred men were chosen, and am diligently ap-
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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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plying myself to the books, as I deem myself very fortunate to be among the number.
My initial trip to New York City was an immense success. 1 stood on Brooklyn Bridge; perched myself on the top of the Wool worth Building: patronized the buses on Kifth Avenue and Riverside Drive: paid my respects to the subways and the elevated, casting longing glances in the direction of the Polo grounds, and compared Central Park with our own (iolden (late (I assure you to the advantage of the latter). It is now ():15, Sunday morning, and at 10 o'clock a crowd of us are going to Mass, which will be celebrated on the grounds. The Knights of Columbus are very active here and have a building in the course of construction. Their various chapters in Xew York City have issued standing invitations to us to accept their hospitality.
Now having heard Mass. I shall continue. There must have been about three hundred fellows present at the celebration of Mass, and it was all very impressive. The priest who celebrated the Mass is permanently stationed at camp and is surely a splendid selection for the position he holds. He gave us a very appropriate talk and announced that the K. of C. will have another building in the course of construction in a week or two. I just met Yin Meherin at Mass: he is looking more like an old salt than ever before. You will sure have some hard nuts to crack if we ever have the pleasure of meeting again within the four walls of a classroom. I will put a round turn and a couple of half hitches about you and make you rig in your booms. 1 fully realize that this terminology is a bit over your head, but my vocabulary contains quite an admixture of salt water stuff these days, so don't be offended. 1 have not heard any word from Lee Jacobson or Yin Brown since f left California. T forgot to mention that 1 experienced my first snowstorm last week. Being my first. I was naturally quite childish about it and persisted in running about in the snow, making the most of it. How are all at the Law School, boys and teach-
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