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

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Folding steel [illegible] a tier & eight in a section [illegible] three decks. New ventilations have [illegible] installed[?] & every thing looks spotlessly clean. The forward half of one deck is converted into an immense mess hall with seating capacity for the entire body of troops who will be fed twice a day - at nine & three. The sup't of the A.T.S.; Lt. Col. Green, will leave tomorrow for the states. I think all of us will be out before long. Officers from other ports are coming in now & many here will be relieved. It is rather discouraging to try to get anything done. The men have little interest in their work, as they all want to go home, many of whom have been over here more than a year. They say that they are practically held at camp as prisoners & that they hate to leave their barracks for fear of breaking one or some of the endless string of orders. Its awfully hard to keep the cranes running under such conditions for the men dont care how long they are down for repairs. The cranes have been worked to death and