David J. Castleman letter to Mary Pride Jones, 28 May 1919
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American Y.M.C.A. on active service with the american expeditionary force [par]leyed so much French in one day as I did Sunday. They dont know a word of English but I had absolutely no trouble in conversing with them. Last night a friend came by & took me out to La Baule. It is a beautiful trip up along the coast & the town is lovely. Think I'll go down there Sunday as there will be a grand summer opening with auto races. Saturday night we had a party over at Dr. Ribot's home & we spent most of the evening playing Roulette. They all tried to tease me over my phenominal good luck, saying that it meant unlucky in love. I replied that my luck it Roulette would break but that my fortune in love is like Gibraltar. Soon after