Monday, January 24, 1944

(or possibly the first of two letters on Tuesday, January 25, 1944)

Dearest Gee.

Say will you quit bawling me out on account of the letter proposition? You know I write to you first everytime, in fact, you get a letter whether anyone else does or not, but after I mail them from then on I can’t help what happens.

Sure connected again on the mail today. Got five v-mails and two regular letters. Got your letter of Dec. 29 and two v-mails of Jan. 6th and 9th. Got two v-mails from Sis dated Jan. 2nd and 6th and a regular letter from Mom dated Dec. 29th also a v-mail dated Jan. 2nd. Haven’t received any more packages as yet. These letters were mostly telling about Chick’s letter. It must have caused quite a commotion. We had quite a time. Had a couple snorts of cognac the second time whilst we talked over old times. We talked about Rita too. I believe he’s going to look for greener pastures. He’s corresponding with some dang nice looking girls. He showed me their pictures. One lives in Washington and one in Chicago I believe it is. That is confidential tho because he doesn’t want to hurt Margaret’s feelings if it should get back to her. I think that’s the biggest reason he hates to give up Rita.

I purchased a bed spread for you finally. I don’t suppose you’ll like it but under the circumstances it’s the best I could do. I’ll try to send it home now if I can find a box. Also had a very tough break. The better of the two cameos I broke! Had it in my wallet and must have sit on the damn thing. Trouble is I lost the other part or it could probably be fixed. I’m trying to get another one but there sure isn’t any selection at all. See what you think of these and let me know if I should try and get more. The war will probably be over by the time I get an answer back tho.

That sounds like a pretty good deal to me on those cemetery lots. Maybe you had better sell them and put the money in the bank! That would make a nice nest egg.

I don’t like the sound of this Tilden Hall, Grill and all these other places what keep cropping up in your letters. I hope you aren’t going around drinking with these G.I.s. You never did answer my other questions either. I think you know what I mean. We’ll be back together again some of these days remember. I think Jenny is trying to lead you astray.

So Bud got busted! That is a mighty easy thing to do sometimes. I’ve put in twice for a bust but never succeeded. The Captain can talk faster than I can. Chick has the right idea. He’s setting pretty. It’s a good thing you didn’t go down there to Miss. with Jenny.

Whatever became of Heath the fellow that lived across the street from us. He went in the army, I know. He helped Francy oil the street, remember? Think he moved to Urbana.

I owe several letters so I’d better get busy. Sure love you and miss you. Be good!

So long now.

Snook

P.S. I’m enclosing an Algerian Franc note. It’s worth a dime too. Add it to the collection. Snook

Hotel Tilden-Hall, 401 N. Neil Street in Champaign (opened in 1896, razed in 1967). Source.

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