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David J. Castleman letter to Mary Pride Jones, 18 February 1919

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instructed her [to see?] each patient at least every other [missing text] she remarked that Mlle X was awfully ill ( I can hear her now put the emphasis on that pat work of hers "terriblement"). Mde replied that the Dr. had just informed her that said Mlle died the day before. La monteuse turned red in the face & stammered that she had met Mlle X's sister & that she seemed awfully sad, and consequently she has inferred that things were not going well. Sunday, three days later, I met a funeral procession while on my way to the house, & when I entered the dining room I made the remark that Mlle X had just come from being buried. That same afternoon Mde caught the Mlle eavesdropping again behind the door. Today the major & I went aboard a cargo ship that has just been converted into a troop ship. It will take back about 5500 men. Quite a number of these ships have just been fitted up for troops & the movement [missing text] will be heavy.