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David J. Castleman letter to Mary Pride Jones, 11 August 1918

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times as much. The French are enthusiastic over the fighting qualities of the American Soldier. They say he is as good as their best shock troops. They say we have called the German bluff about our not knowing anything about fighting. A great many are now crazy to learn English & many pamphlets are now being published to help the French learn our language. It is amusing to see some of the phonetic spelling for purpose of showing the pronunciation of English words. You know a Frenchman, unless he is highly educated, cannot pronounce our letters "H" & "Th". Soon after leaving Nevers - I took a freight down to Saincaize in order to make a connection - I noticed a