University of San Francisco - USF Don Yearbook (San Francisco, CA)

 - Class of 1918

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ROr XCS OF A "JACKIE” 25 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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24 THE IGNAT!AX 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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26 THE IGNATI AN ers? I anxiously await word, for I am a long, long way from Hayes and Shrader streets. I must complete my letter. for the bugle has just announced mess, and you know from past experience the eagerness with which I have always responded to that call. W hat about the fortunes of the Sodality baseball team? suppose the boys arc still bending them over and lining them out on Sunday mornings. 1 sure wish that I was there to help you out by an occasional crashing drive to the bleachers as of yore. ( I la, ha, he, he.) Give my kind regards and best wishes to all of our mutual friends, and as for yourself, be sure to stay under cover when the big wind blows. Faithfully yours, Charlie Wiseman. S. S. Wierlingen, X. V. Harbor. March 21, 1918. Thursday X ight, 8:15. Mv Dearest Dad and Mother: Did you observe the title of this letter? It is all very true, and here I am. This morning at 9 o’clock our crew was mustered, along with forty-five others, and were sent aboard the different boats that were tied up to Ellis Island, to be sent to our new homes. Every crew had a junior and a senior officer attached to it, and it looked like a big naval review. The occasion of it all was the seizure of the Dutch boats, the details of which, I suppose, you are familiar with by this time. There were several other crews aboard our boat, which necessitated cpiite a lengthy trip around Xew York harbor. Consequently, 1 was given an opportunity to see Xew York harbor from the beginning to end. Mother, never thought there were so many boats in the world, as 1 saw anchored about here; boats from every country, of every size and description; and you ought to see the way some of the boats are “camouflaged.” From a mile away you would be unable

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