Camp Devens, Mass.,
I was certainly quite pleased to get your letter last night, but also quite lazy to answer it, so I am doing so this morning. Ut's queer how cold it keeps up here in the morning but I suppose we'll get it warm enough in due season.
I was quite interested in the article you enclosed in this week's letter. Some bravery alright. I wonder if the U. of M. makes men brave as that or does it grow down there? I daresay that a good percent of all of us if the occasion demamded bravery that most of us would answer it. Win, this is the honest truth, that I am terribly anxious to get across. I want to blow that hellish Kaiser (or help to) into a mission pieces. I feel now that I and doing absolutely no good here in U.S. now, and that I can only serve by actual fighting. I long to get into the trenches. It means hard work, pain and everything, but Win, I am so crazy to go.
My dearest brother, absolutely nothing doing on my keeping that twenty dollars. I am determined you shall have it instead of the railroads, so when I go home tomorrow for the weekend, I shall have my secretary, ahem! (Charles Forster) write me a check for above said amount and send it to you next week. Now Win you may not need a suit, but, if you want to put the twenty towards that forty you need, why, do as you wish. I wanted to give you some little remembrance but thought it better to give you the money and let it help you where it was needed most. A new suit was simply a suggestion of mine. God knows, it might be the last time I can give you anything Win, so take it please with the deepest love and affection of a brother to a brother. I only wish it were a million dollars.
Win you did a wonderful thing when you gave twenty-five dollars toward Y.M.C.A work for soldiers. God will surely bless you. Only a boy in service will ever know how much the good work means to them. I'm sure you'll never be sorry for doing it. But as to the twenty-five for the trip home for your examination, believe me I'd send a bill to the local board.
All being well I expect to meet mother in Worcester tomorrow noon and she and I are going to do-up the "town". She wants to buy some new shoes, (dress) for your graduation. I am to telephone her this noon and find out if she is to meet me for sure. Today is the church fair in Hopedale and I suppose mother will be busy on that. She is on the package table, but I daresay if they ask her aid on the supper she'll hop over there, darling old soul.
Yes, Mother, Doris, Wilfrid, Norman, and Mrs Cheetham came up to see me in the pouring rain Sunday, Even tho' it was rainy we had an enjoyable time. The only trouble they had with the car was going home Wilfrid had a blow-out.
I didn't expect you to send me a card from Bath because I knew you would be busy, So glad you had a good time.
Tonight I am going to the Liberty Theatre and see "My Four Years in Germany", Gerard's picture.
I think you ought to have gone to the Junior Prom tonight. You had not ought to miss such times Win, and why do you?
We have just got our new tan saddles and used them for the first time yesterday afternoon. We are riding regularly every afternoon now, and we enjoy it.
Well, I will close now dear brother, and get to the day's duties. You will here from me the first of the week. Loads of love from
Your loving brother
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