Feature Letter of November 30th, 2015
We are having some rather miserable weather over here lately, cold and wet most of the time. The mud is something awful and the shell holes are full of water, and believe me, there are lots of them around too. I am not feeling the very best myself at present. I had a bad cold and got a touch of gas, which makes it worse, as my throat and lungs seem to be burning out all the time. I expect that I will be all right in a few days though. if I can keep dry and look after myself. The last two weeks have been the worst that I have had since I came to France, but I came through it all right without a scratch....Fires are one of our greatest worries over here. At night we have to be very careful with the light and in the day time we have to watch the smoke, as, if old Fritz gets his eyes on a spot where there is smoke coming out, he smells a rat right away, and sends over a few shells to find out what is doing there, It seems to be an understood thing over here that when one goes out, he must not come back without bringing something, such as a rubber sheet, overcoat, some dry wood or charcoal, anything that might come in handy. It is surprising the amount of material laying around on a battlefield. I have seen pretty nearly everything from an ear ring to a locomotive lying around.