Letter to Paul B, April 12, 1919
[Received perhaps June 15, 1919]
[Envelope postmarked at Danville on April 14, 1919. Envelope
stamped twice "UncLaimed, RETURN TO WRITER" and once with the
apparent forwarding address of "CAMP GRANT, ILL". On the back of the
envelope is a second postmark of "Rockford, Ill., June 12, 1919,
Grant Branch." It's apparent, therefore, that this letter never
reached Paul until long after he had arrived home in Danville on June 6.]
My Dear Friend:-
This is the twelfth of April, just two years ago this
afternoon I saw you hurrying down the street in your uniform
carrying your cornet. And I thought that I might never see you
again. But I have seen you twice since then once the next morning
when you came home, and once that early morning in May almost a
year ago. And now I'm hoping if all reports are true to see you
again soon, as I have learned from the newspapers and your last
letter to your mother that you were due to start home very soon.
Perhaps you are on your way now. Your mother received a letter from
you Wednesday, and I have looked for one every day since but as yet
have not received one. I received five cards from you about two
weeks ago. The ones you mailed while in southern France. They were
beautiful and I have a slight imagination of how much more
beautiful the real scenes were. I sure am glad you enjoyed the
trip. So different from most of your life overseas.
I am well and working hard every day. My work at the office is
very heavy, and then my studies in addition I haven't studied but
very little lately. Just to show you how busy I have been this week
I am going to tell you what I have done each night.
Staid at home all day Sunday and so thot we would go to the
show in the evening for a change, Ruby and I. Then Monday evening
was school. Tuesday evening I had to fit the new dress which your
mother made for me, and after coming home I studied until ten
o'clock. Then Wednesday night the "Shepherd of the Hills" was
played at the Fischer. and I couldn't miss it So went to the show
again. Thursday evening was school again, but having so much work
to get done at the office another girl and I worked until ten-thirty. Then last night I staid at home intending to study but
Grandma and Grandpa were here and I couldn't get my mind on lessons
so I played the piana awhile and then went to bed early. Tonight
being Sat. night I had to work again. Just got home a little while
ago. Am sitting up in bed writing this. Tomorrow my cousin Henry is
coming over and I won't get any lessons done or anything else. So
don't you think I am pretty busy?
Paul I wish you could have seen the "Shepherd of the Hills."
It was wonderful. I enjoyed it very much and I feel sure you would
have. It was several years ago when I read the story but it all
came back to me when I saw the picture. The scenery up in the
mountains was beautiful and it was very much like the book and not
changed like some plays are. Some people said they couldn't
understand it because it was deep, but I like deep things myself.
They had wonderful music also. played "Trameri," "Rosary," and many
pieces I know.
The other evening when I was up to your house, I brot home
some of your music which was lying on your desk. among them are
"Imogene," "Pleides" and several that we played together. It seems
like old times when I play them over, only that one thing is
missing, you and your cornet.
One of my soldier friends came home this week. He was never
overseas tho. He came up to the store to see Joesie and I, Friday,
but I haven't seen him since. I didn't write him very much never
answered the last letter I received from him which was over a month
ago. So it looks as tho he wouldn't have much use for me.
My new dress which your mother made me is real pretty. Dark
blue satin. I believe I will like it very much. I am going to buy
me a new coat next week and then I will be ready for Spring.
Clothes sure are high Coats are forty and fifty dollars. That looks
like too much for a spring coat. But what is a person to do. You
have to have one and you want a good-looking one when you do get
We have our new room all finished but papering, and we put our
bed and furniture in anyway until next week, because we couldn't
paper right away on account of the beaver boards which we lined it
with pulling apart in one place and had to be renailed. Seems to be
all right now though. Our room will look real nice when we get
finished with straightening it up. It is handy too and we have a
little clothes closet all our own.
Well I must quit and go to sleep or else I won't want to get
up in the morning and study.
Hoping this letter finds you in the good old U.S.A. I am as
ever your little Pal - Cecil.