My dear Mother,
Many thanks for your letter, and a book. I am looking forward to seeing you again shortly. The Xmas festivities — what there were of them — have passed off satisfactorily & I think the men had (blow the pen) as good a time as circumstances
permitted. I got a concert going for the evening, & as we had got some extra rations & a fair amount of beer they did not do so badly. One of the Companies is now very busy on a production of Chu Chin Chow,
which should at least be amusing & promises to be quite good. The paper has just arrived & I see you have established Cato satisfactorily. I fancy the Grove will be more unforgiving than before, though I doubt if Samuel really thought he would get in. He pulled more than I expected.
They have got a very good pantomime in Lille including Leslie Hanson & several first class London people. I hope to get over there in a night or two, but it is 10 miles off & the drive
back at night is not pleasant. I was over there the other day & had a look round
the place. It seemed very normal, but
shabby, as they have done no painting for
the last 4 years. There are some fine
buildings there. I believe the Bosch has taken the fittings from every factory in the place, so the French will have difficulty in starting their industries again. At times the water supply ceases & they won’t then give you enough water to shave, so the place has its discomforts.
Love to all