Wyndam Bolling Blanton diary, 4 August-19 September 1915
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visit the Jap. Hospital. Very nice! 150 beds only, well equipped, but no work! Three English army surgeons & an English girl went along with us. I was more interested in the girl than the hospital. I almost laughed out loud when she put her glasses to her eyes in a quisical kind of a fashion & drawled, "oh I say, what a terrible arm!" Then we went to the Russian hospital which seemed equally as unoccupied. They are respectively in what were the finest hotels in Paris. Lastly we went to a French hospital & saw them employing Dr. Blakes method of Extension. We then took the "metro" to the opera. I bought a 22 franc hat, got soon 25 pounds in English money & we sat in front of the cafe which looks across to the opera till time for dinner. We had dinner at a very reasonable place near by. Then to another cafe & had our coffee while waiting for the theatre time. We caught the last train to Etoile, then a taxi to Port Maillot, then a long walk home. Its a long dark walk up the boullivard and it seems longer & darker when one is alone & it is midnight. My candles are burning low & I havent time to say what I think about the dark world. They are pessimistic thoughts & perhaps it is well to blow them out