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Mail Tribune 100

August 2, 1917


Judge L. S. Pentz has received the following letter from his son, L. B. Pentz, a petty officer aboard the Cruiser Charleston. The letter is dated at New York, July 24:

"We are back in the states again after a 35-day trip to France. My ship was part of a convoy escorting troop ships across to France. Our trip was without much excitement, although a couple of torpedoes were fired at us

"Our port in France was St. Nazaire, at the mouth of the Loire river. Nantes is 40 miles up the river and I spent a 48-hour liberty up there, enjoying it immensely, as you can imagine.

"The most vivid reminder of the war was the hordes of German prisoners, Of course there are soldiers of all nationalities. The American sailors made a hit because of the way they spend their money. French sailors only get $8 a month — we draw from $36 up and in the eyes of the natives are little less than millionaires — and little more than fools for spending it so recklessly. I will enclose you a French 2-cent piece.

"Our western trip was even less exciting than going over. We were delayed by engine trouble and bad weather. I think we will be in the states some little time as we expect to go into dry dock.

"We have no chaplain on this boat although one may be attached now. I have a good 'stand-in' with my division officer and so far have remained 'especial first class' in department. Quite a number have been 'kicked out' since I came on board. Fourteen were 'put on the beach' when we arrived here and more are to follow. The discipline is pretty strict."


The school house is undergoing a thorough cleaning. The seating capacity is being enlarged, the young ladies are selling tickets and everything is being put in shape for the big concert Friday night, when a full house is promised.