Feature Letter of December 14th, 2017
Trotter, Bernard Freeman
I crossed over yesterday, and was fortunate enough to have a very good trip. A number of Patrington friends were on board and are here with me. Also I found Malcolm on board - one of our Toronto bunch - and we renewed the acquaintance of Shorncliffe days. I lost him on disembarkation.
My first experience of French railroads was not prepossessing. We simply crawled for no apparent reason, and talk about bumpy road-beds! However we arrived here at last, and after an hour's splashing around in the mud and dark got ourselves located and settled down in time for a good night's rest. We are under canvas; but on good sandy ground, and with floors to our tents; so are quite comfortable. The Mess, of course, is not in the same class with Patrington or even Oxford; but costs us only 2 1/2 francs per day.