July 4, 1918
Ft. Riley, Kansas
My Dearest Lucille,
Will scratch you a few lines this evening to let you know I am still alive and love you as much as ever. This has been a very dull 4th of July for myself as well as you, my chicken. I had to go on guard at 4 o'clock the 3rd, and just got off duty one half hour ago at 4 o'clock and was a lucky boy at that, for just as we got home, it commenced raining so hard you can't see 100 ft. ahead. The water is running across the yard 4 in. deep, so I was pretty lucky after all wasn't I honey?
There are about 2000 boys up on the hill at the prize fight and they all have on their best clothes. I sure am glad I wasn't in the bunch, for I had enough of the damp weather. It was getting pretty dry and dirty here, so I think the rain will be a real good thing after all. And I won't possibly be on guard for another week, and perhaps not then.
We sure had a swell feed today, honey. We had fried chicken and everything good that goes with it. I would much rather have been there with you, dearie. We would sure have taken in that old Sand Springs town.
There was sure lots of people here today to see relatives and friends. The road was jammed with cars all day long. I expect I stopped 500 people on my beat last night and took a look at their passes. A woman is not allowed in Camp after 6 o'clock without a pass, even if she is an officer's wife. A soldier is not bothered until 10 bells, then he must hit the hay if he hasn't a pass. I passed oodles of them last night and it was so dark I couldn't even see them, saying nothing of a pass. We have no flashlight, so we have to guess a lot of it, unless he is a civilian. Then you must be more careful. We have only 13 men in the guardhouse now. Not so bad for so many men.
|This was one of the gates to Camp Funston that boasted an imposing superstructure (sort of reminiscent of a Chinese pagoda.)|
I would meet a fellow with a lot of candy or eats and make him divide with me before I let him go by. That's good management. It has almost stopped raining now and the mud is sure a fright and it is very cloudy and dark yet. I came up to the YMCA to be safe in case any extra duty would turn up, see.
I haven't got any of those Kodak pictures finished yet, but should get them about tomorrow and I will send you some then. I haven't had any made by myself yet, but I sure will before many moons. I hate to part with the pictures you sent me, but it is pretty hard to keep them nice, so I will send them back in a day or so and let you put them with the rest of our collection.
I didn't think there were 18 more boys in Pawnee County to go to war. I am very glad that I came when I did for I think the first month is all that is to be dreaded and money couldn't hire me to go through my first days again. There sure is an awfully big bunch here the last few days from Nebraska and Wisconsin. They are almost running the Camp to its full capacity.
Well my honey babe, I have written about all I know at one time, so will close for this evening and wait for things to happen.
Yours with heaps of love always,
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