David J. Castleman letter to Mary Pride Jones, 11 August 1918
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readily & also can make myself understood without having to repeat. Yesterday I went into a small store with a friend who wanted to buy some candy. The sales lady seemed rather surprised on my complimenting her French and informed me that she ought to be able to speak it as she was from Lorraine. I was really complimenting her on her clearness of diction - Most of the French slur over the words & it is hard for a beginner to separate them. I asked her if all Lorrainians spoke French & if they all sided with France, calling attention to the fact that there are many in Belgium who are German sympathizers. She said that there is not one of her nation who is not 100% French Yesterday I saw two Polonais officers at one of the cafes. They had just made a raid on one of our Quartermaster stores, & they had a grip full of cigarettes & smoking tobacco. They look like the French; the uniform is practically the same with exception of the cap which is a square shape on top, somewhat similar to that of the caps worn at our college graduation exercises. One of them reminded me very much of Mr Adolph Evans, tho of course much younger. Speaking of tobacco, that is a luxury that practically only Americans can furnish. The price of tobacco is very high in France & is awfully hard to obtain. We have great quantities of it however, and of course sell it to our allies - that is to the officers or enlisted men. We can buy it from the QM dept. much cheaper than in the States. For instance: I bought a box of "Henry Clay" Havanas yesterday for a little over 6 cents a cigar whereas in the States they cost three