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David J. Castleman letter to Mary Pride Jones, 14 October 1918

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14 Octo 1918 Dearest: Germany's answer to Pres. Wilson's message was received yesterday. Altho she acknowledges defeat & willingness to accept Pres. W's 19 points, at same time withdrawing from invaded territory, yet all the papers state that the note is a mere trap to beat the Allies out of the fruits of their labor & sacrifices. Personally I believe that when the Pres. informs them that they must apply to Marshall Foch they will do so. They have nothing to gain by continuing the war & it would merely entail greater losses & sacrifices. They know now that we mean business & they have learned that lesson most thoroughly. Peut-être la volonté de vous voir fait moi trop sanguin. Major Green, who is Supt. of the A.T.S., tells me that we'll be here a year longer, but that is only guess work-the war has been so interminably long that one can hardly conceive