Extracts from Letters

"I know that mother wants to know all about the War Relief committee first hand. I saw the sign on the door the first night I came into camp. It is both in French and English, and has a big 'Everybody Welcome,' of course. The room is about eighteen by thirty feet, is well lighted and nicely arranged with lots of chairs and tables, a settee, a piano, a cozy stove, and a desk in the corner. There is one big reading table and several writing tables.

"I introduced myself to the lady in charge, and she impressed me immediately as an honest to goodness woman, one who could handle anything that might present itself and one to whom all the boys would feel they could talk and get straightened out and put to rights. Everything she says makes you feel glad you are alive.

"She showed me a lot of Monitors, Sentinels, pamphlets, and stationery, and gave me a little Quarterly for the last quarter. I took some of the literature with me and have been reading it in spare time since then. She also gave me a card showing the location of all the Christian Science War Relief rooms in France, besides telling me about the Sunday service and Wednesday meeting. I signed my name in the book on the table. I found three men in the outfit who are Scientists, and last night I took them down to the service at the Christian Science reading room. To say that we enjoyed it very much would be putting it mildly. It is just like home there and everybody is so friendly. I'll think of you next Thursday as I eat my Thanksgiving dinner there, for I've been invited to go and am certainly looking forward to it. The lady mentioned is such a good friend to everybody and makes this place just seem an extension of home for us far-aways."

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Civilization Will Triumph
February 15, 1919

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