LETTERS WRITTEN HOME FROM FRANCE
IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1915

By

A. PIATT ANDREW

PRIVATELY PRINTED
1916

COPYRIGHT, 1916,
BY HELEN M. ANDREW

 

TO__________________

 

OF THESE LETTERS
ONLY TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY COPIES HAVE BEEN
PRINTED FOR DISTRIBUTION AMONG PERSONAL FRIENDS.

THIS COPY IS NUMBER__________________

"France beloved of every soul that loves or serves its kind."
RUDYARD KIPLING.

PREFACE

ALTHOUGH so many Americans are giving heart and energy to the effort of lightening in some way the suffering of Europe, only a small proportion has chosen to take a part within the line of action. Those of us who have any one we care for there in the midst of it all know that, like men who go to explore mysterious distances, they are generally very much beyond our horizon for months at a time --- at least as regards correspondence. An intense sympathy for the purpose they have gone to serve makes news of them doubly welcome ---when it does come. Believing that those who have pleasant memories of the writer of these letters would be interested in reading these impressions written home, his mother and father have generously consented to put them into this form.

Having by affiliation with the work in which he is engaged a detailed knowledge of the circumstances surrounding it, it devolves upon me to say in justice that these pages give little idea of the very difficult task their author has successfully accomplished. Largely through his perseverance against great odds the American Ambulance Field Service, working constantly under fire along the whole western battle front, has become a very distinguished organization, trusted and relied upon by the armies of France. Whatever political impressions the French civilian may have gathered in regard to us as a nation, through the utterances of misrepresentative individuals, the French soldier, living or dying, has now finer evidence of the spirit of our countrymen.

No man --- whether critic or enemy --- may challenge the valor of France., nor her right to all honor; so to one who, stirred by passionate allegiance to her cause, has brought this tribute of our friendship for her to so high a standard, we owe truly a debt of gratitude. The opportunity and the will to do a work worth while have been spent here to full purpose. Many a young American who has had a part in this service will carry from it an inspiration which is better than peace --- for having labored among the men and women of France he will have known the vision of supreme sacrifice.

H. D. S.
GLOUCESTER, May, 1916


Table of Contents

Preface

December, 1914

12 West 51st Street, New York, December 3, 1914.
Gloucester, Massachusetts, December 17, 1924
On the train Boston to New York, December 18, 1914.
12 West 51st Street, New York, December 19, 1944. 6 P.M.
A Bord de la Touraine, December 20, 1914.
A Bord de la Touraine, December 21, 1914.
A Bord de la Touraine, December 25, 1914.
A Bord de la Touraine, December 29, 1914.
Hotel Terminus, Paris, December 31, 1914, 10 P.M.

January, 1915

9 rue Angélique Vevien, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Thursday night, January 7, 1915.
American Ambulance, Neuilly, January 15, 1915.
American Ambulance Hospital, Neuilly, Sunday, January 17, 1915.
Beauvais, January 18, 1915.
Dunkirk, January 19, 1915.
Dunkirk, January 22, 1915.
January 28.
Dunkirk, January 29, 1915 3 A.M.
Dunkirk, January 30, 1915.

February

February 1, 1915.
Dunkirk, February 2, 1915. 8.30 P.M.

March

Neuilly-sur-Seine, March 2, 1915.
St. Omer, France, March 9, 1915.
Dunkirk, March 11, 1915.
Paris, March 18, 1915.
Paris, March 18, 1915.
Paris, March 19, 1915.
Paris, March 21, 1915.
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Monday, March 24, 1915, 11 P.M.
Compiègne, March 27.
Hôtel du Commerce, Neufchâtel (in the Vosges), March 27. 8 P.M
Hôtel Lorraine, Vittel (in the Vosges), March 27.
Palm Sunday night, Bar-le-Duc, March 28.
Paris, March 29.

April

Easter Sunday. Paris, April 4.
Neuilly-sur-Seine, April 7, 1915.
La Panne, Belgium, April 8, 1915.
Hesdin, April 9, 1915.

Letter published in the Boston Herald, April 28, 1915

Remiremont (in the Vosges), April 14, 1915.
Paris, April 23, 1915.
April 23, 1915.
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Sunday, April 25, 1915.
Dieulouard, near Pont-à-Mousson, Tuesday, April 28, 1915.
Nancy, April 29, 1915.
St. Maurice-sur-Moselle, April 29, 1915.

May

Neuilly-sur-Seine, May 1, 1915.
May 8, 1915.

Letter published in the Boston Herald, Thursday, June 3, 1915

Neuilly-sur-Seine, May 21, 1915.
Hôtel Chapeau Rouge, Dunkirk, Friday, May 21, 1915.
Saturday, May 22, Dunkirk.
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Sunday night, May 23.
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Wednesday, May 25.

June

Neuilly, June 1, 1915.
American Ambulance Hospital, Neuilly-sur-Seine, June 5, 1915.
Neuilly, June 23, 1915
Neuilly, June 25, 1915.

July

St. Maurice-sur-Moselle, July 2, 1915.
July 4, 1915.
Neuilly, July 5, 1915.
Neuilly, July 8, 1915.
Boulogne-sur-Mer, July 12, 1915.
Neuilly, Tuesday, July 13, 1915.
Vittel (Vosges), July 18, 1915.
Paris, July 22, 1915.
Neuilly, July 25, 1915.
Glisolles, La Bonneville, July 31, 1915

August

Neuilly, August 5, 1915.


December 3, 1914.