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the jokes about the colored soldier going to heaven, etc., which she had been giving all over the A. E. F. for the past year. She was one of the most popular entertainers who ever appeared before the American soldiers. On the way home we ate the usual rations, beef stew, bully beef, prunes and black coffee. On Memorial Day, our second on the ocean, the anchor was dropped off Staten Island at 6 P. M. and the first American to greet us was a young boy about sixteen, who came off in a canoe from the shore with his best girl to greet the soldiers. The first salutation he received from the ship was, "What did you do with the beer while we were gone?" The next morning at seven we started up the bay and passed the Statue of Liberty. I was detailed to clean up the papers, etc., around the bunks and didn't come up until after the Statue of Liberty had been passed. When I did come up I heard my name called out in loud tones by different members of the company and looking over the rail saw that on board the welcome tug was a sign bearing my name and company and held up by someone evidently anxious for me to see it. I had no idea there would be anyone at New York to meet me and was curious to know who should hold up that sign so conspicuously before the thousands of soldiers on board the Rotterdam. I didn't know who was behind the sign but I waved frantically with my cap just the same. Of course to them I looked just the same as the thousands of other olive drab figures on the boat. I still couldn't make out who was so much interested in my arrival. The welcome tug was decorated in red, white and blue streamers by the Keith Theatre people in honor of Elsie Janis. As the little tug came near I recognized my two sisters who had come from Philadel- [Philadelphia] -106-