The Munro Letters 1914 - 1917 : Letters Home from the Front - World War I
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In which Florence replies to a letter sent by Gordon advising her he decided against enlisting in the war. Florence's letter includes updates on: family news; winter sports and social events; visit to soldiers at St. Boniface hospital; and, some one-liner jokes.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
February 9/15

Dear Gordon

I am writing this a l'ècole so I hope you will overlook the slight discrepancy in the paper line. This is supposed to be a study period, but as usual Florence would rather do something else.

I received your letter and was very glad to hear you had decided not to go to the war. I really think you must have cut some of your wisdom teeth. I suppose you already know that Uncle Alex sent word to your father for you to come west, and we were very disappointed to hear that you were unable to leave at present. However I hope by spring, we may have the pleasure of seeing you again, and by that time Archie and I will be taking turns driving the automobile (that's if our hope's are realized) Archie will take you to Portage to see Miss Stevens. She's worth going fifty miles to see.

How is the hockey coming along. I have only missed a couple of the big games here. Although the party I am in favour of, have not been entirely successful, I must say that I have enjoyed the games very much & if things turn out the same as they did last game, it looks as if the team will be victorious yet & then they'll be able to bring the cup back from Regina to Winnipeg.

I have been having a pretty lively time between skating, snow-shoeing & toboganning. I am going to three parties this week & two hockey matches, so that isn't too bad. Father is almost as strict as a Scotch presbyterian minister. He thinks I shouldn't go anywhere, unless Archie and Annie are with me. I intended giving a masquerade party on St. Valentines and I had the invitations all ready & just because I wouldn't go to church Sunday night, father said I couldn't have it. You can't blame me for not going tho', because Cousin John & a friend of his were coming over for the evening. I fixed it up, so I guess we'll have it sometime soon & I'll send you an invite, even if you cannot come.

Did you know Horace Haney was in the city, training with the second contingent, at least he has been up till about a week ago, when he was given sick leave to go to Gladstone. I haven't seen him yet as we have no way of communicating with him as we do not know the number of his regiment. Aunt Lizzie heard he was in St. Boniface hospital so she phoned me up and asked if I would like to go and see him. So we went over after four one night, & when we got there, they told us there was no one there by that name. We went to see some of the other soldiers & they seemed to enjoy seeing someone, I suppose they weren't sorry Horace wasn't there, for they got all the fruit. If I see Horace I'll tell him we went on a wild goose chase to find him.

Say I am going to write some funny sayings down, & if you haven't already heard them, you can spring them on some of your friends.

1. There was an accident down town to-day - the wind blew up Main Street.
2. Did you ever hear about the three holes in the ground? - well, well, well.
3. Did you ever hear about the dirty window pane? - you can't see through it.
4. There was an accident in the streetcar - a lady had her eye on a seat & a man sat on it.

You probably know all these, so I won't bother writing anymore.

Cousin Margaret has been laid up for about six weeks now, with a broken ankle. She has had her foot in a cast for over a month & it will be about two more weeks before she is able to have it taken of. She fell of a chair she was standing on, & all her weight went on the one ankle & splintered the bone.

How is Ed keeping? I hope he is still improving & that he will feel better soon. Annie is picking up, although she is not getting much fatter. Now if I could half up, we would both be about right, but such is the way of the world.

Say did you ever get those snaps I sent you before Christmas? You never mentioned them in your letters and I was wondering if they had gone astray.

You will be thinking that this is a regular young newspaper, if I don't stop soon so goodbye & good luck.

Yours sincerely.

P.S. don't take as long as I did to answer your letter.
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