April 13, 1918 Continued

BOYS AT THE FRONT SERVING UNCLE SAM

Camp Johnston, March 30, 1918

Dear Mother,

It has been a week since I have written and many things have happened since I last wrote.

I have been in the mounted police and love to ride. My horse is a dandy. I call him mine because each of us has his own horse and no one rides him but myself. We ride eight hours a day for three days and then have two days off. I have been riding the last three nights from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. and they have been such lovely nights. My beat goes down along the river and around headquarters, thru the groves and no one (especially myself) could describe how wonderful and pretty these nights have been. The trees are so pretty with that long tropical moss hanging from them. I think that grove along the river is the most beautiful in the world (on a moonlight night). We had a fire on my beat today. One barrack was completely ruined. The fellows were all out at drill so did not save much of their personal effects. In case of a fire the guard has to take charge and get all the details and make a report. It did not take long for the fire department arrived and put out the fire.

The headquarters company have the best baseball team in camp and we have entertained both the Philadelphia Athletics and the Pittsburgh Pirates here and have played both teams. We won from Philadelphia 3 to 1 and lost to Pittsburgh 2 to 1. Coach Bezdek, whom I knew at U of O is managing Pittsburgh. The Camp Johnston team plays them tomorrow, a double-header.

The American theater opened today at 2 p.m. and I voluntarily went over for duty as a guard inside, so saw a good show. I received the fruit cake and it sure was dandy — all the fellows enjoyed it so much.

The booklet of Rogue river valley that Mrs. Herring sent me was enjoyed by many fellows and I did my share of boosting. Many of the fellows say they are going west after the war, to visit such a wonderful place. Most of them have heard about Crater Lake and all want to see it.

We are to mustered in Sunday morning then will be paid probably Monday. We signed the payroll yesterday. Nothing very exciting has happened here for some time. I have enjoyed the Tribunes you sent me. There is always more news in them than in any eastern paper we get here.

I must close. I am about out of news. I am very well; in fact, I have never been sick in the army. Please give my best regards to everyone and lots of love to you folks.

PAUL NORCROSS.

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