April 25, 1916
Thanks for the welcome letter I received from you today.
We got four days general leave for Easter. Aunt Agnes very kindly put me up and gave me a fine time. Helen is looking rather run down so the Easter holidays will do her a lot of good. She had a week of very stiff exams before Easter. On Sunday she and I went up to the Gorge on Sunday. While up there we hired a canoe for a couple of hours and had a fine paddle. Helen gathered flowers when we stopped. We paddled from end to end of the Gorge.
By gum Dad. you dont know how good it feels to have a sister you can go and see in a house where you are always welcome. On Easter morning Helen + I went to the eight o'clock service I thought of you all at home while there and wondered if any went to communion.
When I heard you and Keith were at Wells I felt deuce or homesick for a little look up the North Thompson. Someday if you only hang on long enough we will be up there yet -
I guess poor old Daddy Wells is getting to old to monkey round a team. Keith also made me laugh to beat sixty when he told me about moving the summer-house. He said that when they had moved it a few steps the door fell off and Mr Wells said D_! Then a few yards further the floor fell out. Mr Wells said _D_! H_! poor old pa simply howled in rage awhile he jumped up and down and tore the roof into little tiny bits. Keith said he almost split.
Your loving Son.
P.S. Des. Vecars looks fine in his uniform Im darned sure I could make an officer if he could the question if how to do it. I'm heartily fed up with this sickly muddle If we are to stay here much longer I might as well try for something higher. I'd like to transfer to the 172nd. If only I could do so as a non. commissioned officer. Some big ideas Eh old man? Do you think I could do it?