Letter, November 2, 1918
[Letter on color stationery of the Y.M.C.A., Union Franco-Américaine. Received November 27, 1918.]
Nov. 2, 1918
My dear Cecil-
I just rec. your letter now and now is very late at nite. I
will answer just the same. Some one stole our electric globe last
nite when we went to another town to play a concert.
Well little girl, I'd like to have the privelege this Sat.
nite you said you would allow me, but why me? Am I any better than
anyone else? I believe you will be one dissapointed little girl
when you see me if you think so. For I am no society fop by any
means. But just the same I'm pretty much human. even tho I might
look more or less [ ]human.
I imagine you would meet a very nice set of young people at
nite school. for as you say its only a pretty worthy set that are
ambitious enough to work that hard for an education.
I havent heard from Carl yet. Am anxious to hear from him
tho. Ill tell you if he has said bad things or not. Can he
truthfully say any thing like that? I don't believe he can, so if
he does I wont believe it.
So Mary Ross is in Tennessee. Well I guess I wont miss her
much if I do get back, for I reckon she is not the best friend
And your cousin is in officers training, pretty near all our
sgts. have been sent to officers training over here. But I heard a
second Lieut say he would rather be in the band than have his
commission and I know I would rather be here than there with all
their responsibility. Some at home may wonder why I have not been
advancing but if I spend my time studying in that line all my time
is nearly wasted as it will all be left when you go into civil
life. As it is I can get more good our of my study in music, if I
ever get back than all the military training even to the pretty
high ranks. And this interests me much more and every body
appreciates our efforts so much.
Mother sent me some small pictures, one of you and her
together. So I have the four you sent me and this one to, so now I
have five. You can send me more if you will. For nothing is quite
so near the real girl as the pictures of her. I don't spend no
little bit of time looking at my pictures. Its home [to] me.
Guy is sure lucky getting to come home isnt he. Im afraid
such good luck, Ill never have. Yet I am hoping so at least. I am
doing fine now, feeling well. had a pretty bad cold but better
now. My hair raising experiences have come to a close for a time
And little girl, I'm not at all sorry, not to be intertained
with nine inch shells or jerry bombs. But he is intertaining some
one if not me.
Well Cecil, I am thinking of you as much tonite as if I were
with you only not near having the pleasure, being with you would
be. I know Ill be bloody glad to see you all if such good luck
comes. Will close tonite with best of wishes for my dear little
Paul B Hendrickson
Hdq. co. 129 Inf. A.E.F. via N.Y.