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Wyndam Bolling Blanton diary, 4 August-19 September 1915

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carved furniture, fur rugs, walls covered c [with] oil sketches & paintings. No one, but an artist could own such a place. We sat dont [down] to talk, but Ray insisted on serving tea. About this time another Oxford man spending his holiday in Paris, Bruce of Texas, came in & jointed us at tea. Conversation lagging we decided to go for a walk thru the quarter. It ended c [with] dinner at a cafe. After dinner we set out for a walk & ended at another cafe where we sat on the street & drank coffee & watched the crowds & talked. We had encounted Sturnberger (still another Oxford man) on the street & the six of us were there after together. We saw a good deal of student life. All new & interesting to me. We saw a couple of lighted flying machines to night. We saw a large monument erected to the two discoverers of quinine. A few days ago, Dunce orderly in "79", Theological student at Edinbourgh & MA. of Yale & red haired fell into a conversation c [with] me & it developed that he once slept two weeks c [with] Frank Brown in Scotland and knew my friend Lee of La. at Yale. Every French soldier has a chain around his wrist to wh. is attached a piece of metal bearing his name & no. Not a bad was [way]to recognize you after death.