France, Nov. 8, 1918

Dearest Wife;-

It is raining dogs and cats outside but my room is cozy and warm with a nice coal fire going in the stove. The coal was mined during the time of the German occupation. Heinie left some fine coal dumps for us. I have just time to write you a short letter before dinner. We have had no mail since I last wrote to you and we are beginning to wonder what is happening in the outside world. We hear all sorts of rumors of white flags, unconditional surrender and what not, but of course it is very hard for us to know what is really going on when our papers are not reaching us. We get some authentic reports from our own particular front and these would lead us to believe that everything is going well. I am almost beginning to think that we may not have our leave in France after all, i.e. during the war. How would it do to buy a Ford and do a tour of the country before we go home next Spring?

I must write to Mrs. Clarke in Calgary some day. I shall wait for a few more days and then the letter will reach her about Christmas time. What about Christmas cards for ourselves? The officers’ mess here has ordered some, and of course, I shall be sending out a number of those, but don’t you think we should order some of our own? If you do go ahead and complete the arrangements. You could send me some when they were delivered or I might send you a mailing list as I did upon another memorable occasion.

We are still fairly busy trying to make our present location pleasant for ourselves and patients. I suppose we shall have to move just after we get everything shipshape but so long as the move is forward and far enough none of us will complain.

Yours very lovingly

Harold W. McGill

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