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Catalog Number 1982.83.35a
Object Name Letter
Accession number 1982.83
Description Full transcription of text follows:

[wshaw_0035_0001]

Amex Force Paris France June 18 – 17 Dear Ma - : Well we have changed our position but my address is the same. I am very Well it rains every day I guess it is Caused by the firing of guns I can hear the gr-ump of them every morning. I bought some cheese this morning and my Pardner bought some cherry marmalade you call it “Confiture aux Cerise's” in French it is shure amusing to go into a store to buy some thing When neither party can under stand. we had a good dinner with the stuff We bought. I expect food prices

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[Page 2] are soaring in the U.S. now. I can see the reasons for Grandmas antique Ideas about things. The country is full of little towns they are all behind time they dont seem to have any system toward municipal improvements. the streams are very pretty the Water is clear, the Chemin De Fer (Railroads) are far behind those in the U.S. they are artists at building tunnels cheap labor I guess we got payed off In French money I drew 352 Francs wine is cheap here I expect some of Our mail will be lost you Will no doubt wonder how we are fed. we are fed pretty Well of course we get lots of canned Willey. I hope you are Well as soon as I can make arrangements I Will send a money order

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[Page 3] to you so you can settle up my bills for me. at the present the money is raising all time I will not send any untill there is a standard decided upon by the 2 govt’s. you can certainly tell the efects of the war on this country there are no young men in the cites I seen 9 planes in flight the other evening all French of course. We play a concert every evening I dont know if these French savy American ragtime or not I havent head From Pearl since June 5 guess she has forsaken me or the letters lost heard from Gma and C A Shaws youngest Daughter. it is very hard to Write a letter and keep within the limits of the censorship so I Will close you Loving Son Walter I have a house wife to keep my clothes in repair [18th Infantry] Band Amex Force Paris France [censor signature written in bottom margin]

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P.S. I wish you would send me that key I sent to you I disposed of my trunk and wish to give the party the key wrap it up in tissue paper. I notice the clock in the church strikes 24 at mid night

From the service of Private Walter G. Shaw, 18th Infantry Band, 1st Division. With band tour of Italy 2-3/18. Gassed at Cantigny 5/4/18. Died at No. Charpentry in the Argonne.

Date June 18, 1917
Year Range from 1917
Year Range to 1917
People Shaw, Walter
Subjects World War I
Letters (Home)
Rain
Language
Railroad tracks
Mail
Paying bills
Love