Original Letter


7th November 19197

My Dearest:–

The boys did bring me a new pad from town last night and I am putting on swank a-plenty to-day. I am just back from a commercial trip through the Horse Lines and I have had my hair cut, my shoes mended, and got a new cap! Naturally I am quite well satisfied with the results of my trip. The mail has not arrived yet but I just know that there will be beaucoup letters for me when it does.

It is warm this morning and we have the big door open. But a barn yard on a well stocked farm after a lot of rain is not a very interesting spectacle. But when the door is closed we must use candles.

We have got out some rotten Christmas Cards – I’m sending you one to-day – its nothing much, but it isn’t anything that can’t easily be thrown away. I don’t suppose they are so bad really but the idea of soldiers – at war – getting out Christmas Cards seems incongruous somehow. Peace on earth! but then maybe there will be, by December 25th. Its the best little hope I harbour anyway.

What are you doing this morning Dearest? Attending well to your farm I suppose, seeing that the eggs are harvested and that the course of true love of the kine runs smoothly. You know, that or those stories of the cows seems quite the funniest thing I have heard yet. They don’t beat around the bush much in their love making do they?

Did I tell you that leave to England has been extended – it is now fourteen days instead of ten. Leave has been going well to[o] since I came back, over eighty went in October. If it keeps up like this even if I waited my turn I would get leave in three months. However although I have no intention of waiting my turn I do not expect that it will keep going so good although they claim that they have the leave business organized now and can keep it up. About the middle of next month I am going to make a stand for leave and perhaps in view of the special circumstances I shall make it stick.

My Dear, I am going to tell you that I love you to-day, perhaps you know it already, but it doesn’t do any harm repeating it. I want to take you in my arms and hold you forever and ever  Your own Ross

War Diary

Weather Rainy. Wind West. Reveille at 6.00 A.M. and Training as usual ... Special classes as usual Pay day for the men by Paymaster, 44th Battalion.

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