The Daily Transcript (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 6, No. 224, Ed. 1 Monday, December 16, 1918 Page: 3 of 4
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The Daily Transcript, Norman, Oklahoma,
Everybody Friendly—Kids Especially
Lewis Salter Writes From France
The following letter from her
son, Lewis, was received by Mrs.
S. M. Salter, and makes interest-
ing reading. Lewis was formerly
conected with the University of
Oklahoma, and was Worshipful
Master of Norman Lodge, No. 38,
when he went to war. He writes:
November 2, 1918.
After several days and nights
slow traveling on the train, we ar-
rived at the pretty little village in
southern France from which I now
write. W e are the first American
troops to be billeted here, and the
people are very cordial and friend-,
ly—the kids are almost too much
so. They hang around and beg j
cigarettes, pennies and cookies. j
When the band goes out to play '
it reminds one of the pied piper of j
Hamlin to see all the kids trapes- j
Within a few minutes after our j
arrival these quaint and narrow,
streets presented a lively picture
—khaki-clad boys everywhere—
some hanging out of the windows
upstairs, others on the doorsteps
below;; some are eating sand-
wiches, others white grapes which
are plentiful and cheap here.
Here's a fellow with a little French
girl on his knee and another has a
French-American phrase book with
awhole flock of boys helping him
pronounce the words. Then to add
local color, picture an old French
grandmere, clad in black anl shod
in wooden sabots, clattering up the
street; next comes the newspaper
vendor with his papers on a little
wagon drawn by a dog; and pres-
ently lumbers up a wagon load of
wood drawn by a couple of oxen
yoked together—all this put toge-
ther will give you a faint idea of
this place, which I hope the pic-
tures I send will make more vivid.
All the houses here are very old;
they are of stone and tiled roofs
without exception. Infront of the
city hall is a plaza or public square
where the band plays every even-
ing. There is a very fine monu-
ment or statue in the center of the
square erected to the memory of
the villagers who fell in the war |
Yesterday 1 did my washing— j
the forst opporuntity we have had '
since we left the states. They
have a very fine village washing
place here—very quaint, too. There
is a spring which runs very swift-
ly through the "wash tub"—a
great big pool walled up with stone.
One stands on either side with a
great broad stone retaining wall
in front to lean over and wash up-
on. There were many of the village
women there yesterday with their
family washing and they all insist-
ed on teaching us to wash their
way. 1 was in a hurry becausc I
was late for mess and going to
give my clothes an "army wash,"
—on one side only—but no, the old
lady next to me wouldn't have it
that way; she too kthem and rub-
bed in more soap, saying "beau-
coup de savon" (lots of soap), rub-
bed them between her hands brisk-
ly, turnd them inside out, repeating
the same process, then laid them
on the stone and pounded them
with a broad, wooden paddle—that
took the dirt out—then repeated,
rinsed in the flowing water and it
The women wash leaning ov-
er a light wooden shield to keep
their dresses from being splattered
as they pound the clothes.
We are enjoying ourselves here
long. 1 am able to understand
but do not expect to stay very
French and make myself under I here and I am out of paper.
stood very well. I have great fun j
with the children. One boy in par-1
ticular, Gerard Lavigne, is my ]
particular friend. He speaks no i
English but we have great times j
on our "promenades" about town.
Must close now. There is no "Y" I
With love, LEWIS.
Pvt. Lewis S. Salter,
Hdq. Co., 136th Inf. Band., A E F
Those Christmas candies at the |
Sooner Confectionery in artistic
boxes are just what the girls
^ /-NT'TLI 111
Hauling of All Kinds
DONE PROMPTLY ANI) CAREFULLY. (JIVE US
WE MAKE A SPECIALTY OF HAULING TRUNKS
Office Phone 225 Residence Phone 505
A. G. Wynne of Oklahoma City,
will be in Norman Thursday, De-
cember 19th. First class piano tun-
ing and repairing; all work guar-
anteed. I-eave orders at the Trans-
cript office or by card addressed
General Delivery, Norman. Get
your order in early as ray Urn* Is
limited in Norman. 2X>-#t
Home of Super Silent Drama
New and Second Hand Goods
S. D. MORGAN
215 West Main. Phone 622
If you have ANYTHING to sell or want to buy ANY-
THING, don't fail to call at this store, where you will be
given a "SQUARE DEAL" in every way.
FINE LINE OF NEW FURNITURE AT PRICES THAT
ARE VERY LOW.
Telephone 622 and Let us Tell you About it
EDD1K POLO in
"The Lure of the
Episode No. 3
Marie Walcotnp in
This is a 5-reel
Matinee 2 p. m.
Nights 6:45 p. m.
Admission 5c- 15c.
This includes war
BARGAINS IN HOMES .
A 7-room modern, 4 lots, good
A 6-room bungalow new and
modern, !i lots,, good out-buildings
A 6-room bungalow new and j
modern 3 lots good out-bulldings, |
A 7-room modern residence, 2
lots, good outbuildings $2000.
A 5-room modern residenoe, lot
alone worth the price, $2500.
An 8-room modern residence to
exchange for smaller residence.
A 7-room modern residence one
of the very best in the city, on
Boulevard, east front. If interested
in buying such a home inquire
about this property. It will be
priced to sell—if interested in it.
■JOHN S. ALLAN,
Office over Broken Dollar Store,
"they fir. .st judge you by
clothe.s" because your CLoTHE*'!j
the f1r.st thing people jee whegj
many a good MAN hA*S FAILED 1
a position or be ADVANCED iN thec|
tion he hold j . becau.se he did not
would not "lOOK THE PART. nj
they will fit. feel and wear"
and the price will be Low fo''
.style and quality we give you.;
E. B. Kimberl
L. C. GILES PHONE 69
OFFICK—First National Bank Bid.
Giles-Weir Investment Ci
FARM LANDS ANI) CITY PROPERTY, j
Call and see us, we have some good propefitie*
worth the moeny. See us if you desire a loan o J
property. If you have property for sale list it ^
III! Ill 11w i
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iM!!i'!'l 'i iin!!! Ill
TO BUY A
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At Absolute Wholesale
More Days to Buy a Good Sweatei
at ONE-THIRD off.
More Days to Buy Men's or Boy's Suits at less
than Present W holesale Price. All at
vJi? mil 1:
Listen, YOU! Think
of Home This Christmas
Decorate your home, make it a more pleasant place ti
our family—you owe it to them, and there is no waste 1
We have an immense stock of tlie Best and Most l>eay
tiful assortment of Furniture ever shown in Norman, tlfl
nd that will make useful as well as appreciated gifts.
, leed the Government's advice, do not throw yoJ
,,,,ney away, but huy something that is needful ever\ d;M
and that will last a life time. A few of the things that w||
ppeal to the whole family are:
Royal Easy Chair
Duofold * 'I
Bed Room Suite
Mso'framed pictures are always greatly appreciatl
and oitr line is complete. Come in and see us.
I. M. JACKSON
"The Home of the Hoosier"
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The Daily Transcript (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 6, No. 224, Ed. 1 Monday, December 16, 1918, newspaper, December 16, 1918; Norman, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc113923/m1/3/: accessed February 18, 2019), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.