David J. Castleman letter to Mary Pride Jones, 18 February 1919
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are badly in [illegible] parts, which we have never [illegible] to get from the states. We have to make our own spare parts, & of course that is a slow & expensive undertaking. When one is in the army tho he has to do the best he can with what he can obtain, and its got to be done in a hurry. The expense is generally of little importance. Have just met a dandy Lt. Col. who is in the Medical Corps. We eat at the same table over at the Y.M.C.A. He has been up to Coblenz & has some interesting stories to tell of the Germans who he says are extremely meek & obliging, often trying to put one under obligations to them. He thinks they are a bunch of hypocrites. The doctor knows cousin Ella & Gen. Noble very well - he also is a member of the Regular Army. He & a K of C. chaplain who also sits at the same table, are coming up to the house some night this week to meet Mde and parley french. Sunday aft[?] we had another big gathering at Mde Audubon's. There