LETTER FROM SERGEANT HARPER,
To the Editor of the Cobourg World,
It is some time since I wrote The World but as no doubt you are aware we are hard at it and don't get a chance to write our best girls (wink your other eye) but we never get overloaded with letters from our old town. I guess on account of hard times stamps are expensive, especially since the citizens have given all their money to the patriotic fund; however judging from letters that arrive from soldiers' wives and pretty Cobourg widows, we are not forgotten. The widows are all right and have a warm spot in the hearts of the sergeants. There has been sufficient flag waving and wind blowing over our departure that I fear the soldiers' wives will have a hard time of it until we return.
We are taking long route marches nearly every day covering distances ranging from five to twenty miles, and take my word for it we are ready to march to Berlin.
We were shocked to hear that the ladies of Cobourg were granted the franchise and the news certainly did not please the writer who came home on a fast train to cast a ballot against this silly legislation. From experience, I have long since learned that the average woman knows little enough about house work, but perhaps the 'wee dears' will don the King's uniform, shoulder a rifle, leave us at home to mind the baby and attend the five o'clock teas and the sewing circles.
Our popular Indian chief, Sergeant Comego, is at present on the job, hale and hearty, and stands the racket well, but you all know they can't kill Sam, and that he will make quite a hit at Berlin. We hear that the Sergeant sent his girl in Cobourg (not the one in Port Hope or Brighton) a pair of '12' shoes and needless to say I wonder if they fit. Naturally we are all a little jealous. Fuller particulars later.
Sergt. W.W. Harper,
No, 255, C. Company, 21st Battalion, C.E.F., Kingston.