dear agnes
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Buy Victory Bonds
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Rockcliff
Oct 6
Dear Agnes

Things are going along fine.  I got my crowns on Monday so I guess I'll be able to buy that extra fifty dollar Victory Bond alright.

Guess what?  I got ambitious this week and started night school on monday.  I don't know how often I'll be able to get there but I made it two nights this week.  I am takeing machine shop practice and we have classes on Monday and Wednesday.  Its hard to say just yet what good I'll get out of it most of what we have taken so far is very elementary and in common practice in any workshop.  However I may get something that will do me some good when I get a chance to try my master mechanic test.

On top of that I went bowling on Tuesday night and from the way I'm bowling I should have stayed home.  On account of the late hour we decided to bowl just two games instead of three.  We are supposed get on the alleys at ten thirty, but you know how it is.  Its nearly eleven o'clock when we get started so from now on it will only two games.  I bowled 138 the first game and the second I had to spare in the ninth frame as a strike out in the tenth to finish with 139.  So you can see I need some practice.

We have an invitation to a wedding in Montreal on Oct 28th.

Paul Morin my old Flight Sargent on the crew I have been on ever since I have been here is getting married, and would like you and I to come to the wedding.

Paul is a real nice chap and you would like him very much.  It will fall on my week end off if that means anything.  It could happen that I would 

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TIMELINE:
Four days before my father wrote this letter, the Polish Home Army surrendered to the Germans and the Warsaw uprising ended.
have to work then again I may be on sick leave.*  If I get my tonsils out on the nineteenth and spent seven days in the hospital I would be out on the twenty fifth so if I got three days and a fortnight that would take me over the week end.  So if you would like to take a trip to Montreal this fall that would be an ideal time.  However it would mean traveling over the week end when things were pretty busy and we would have to be there for Saturday morning that would mean getting the four o'clock train on Friday afternoon.

Only it would cost a little money but if you would like to go let me know and I would get Paul to reserve a hotel room for us in advance.

Well honey thats about all for now lots of love from 

Bill (XXXXXXX)

P.S. Paul is French so most of the people there will be french and perhaps speak French.  I don't know?  Would that make any difference to you?

(X)

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*According to his leave records, my father didn't go into the hospital till Nov. 2nd, and there is no record of a leave over the weekend of Oct. 28th. My parents never travelled much, and I don't recall my mother ever talking about going back to Montreal after her honeymoon there. 
Dear Agnes...
Rockcliffe Dec 17/44
Dear Agnes

How goes the battle with that big snow fall we have been hearing so much about.  When I got back I was telling them here how nice and clean the streets were in Toronto, and how we hardly ever have very much anyhow,  Then on Tuesday night everybody was showing me the head lines in paper telling all about 21 inches of snow in Toronto.  We got a little snow here to and along with what we had it made things bad enough, although they are more used to snow and have better equipment to handle it.

Comeing back on the train last time wasn't as crowded as usual and there was plenty of room, but the car was pretty cold and I fell asleep and woke up with a cold wind blowing across my hip and back, then slipped on the steps going down to the hanger, and on Tuesday morning I woke up with a pain in the back.  I didn't bother with it much till Wednesday night, but buy the time we quite a nine o'clock I felt all in.  So I went up to the hospital Thursday morning and they gave me the sun lamp on it then put me to bed and by Thursday night after haveing the lamp on it a couple of times I was as good as new, but they won't let me out.  The M.O. says I have to stay off my feet till Monday.  So right now I am basking under the sun lamp, eating ice cream with real whipped cream and watching it snow through the window.

I got up and went to mass in the building at 7:30 this morning and was back in bed before the M.O. got around so you see how bright I am when I'm not at home.  I can't understand how some people stay in bed till ten o'clock.  We had the girls from the Icecapades in visiting on Friday afternoon, one of the warrant officers was showing them around and I had to be haveing my sunbath when they came with a screen around my bed, and he had to come bargeing right in and say look at the nice visitors I brought to see you.  Well I sure done some scrambling to get a sheet over me.  Then he wanted to demonstrate to them how the lamp worked so I turned it on my foot, but he said it wasn't as effective as where I'd been using it.

Things look pretty good for Christmass half of us are going at Christmass and half at New Year.  They have it all worked out and I think we can depend on it.  I expect to be home on Friday night for sure.  If there is any change I'll let you know.

That's about all the news for now I'll see you at the week end lots of love till then

Bill (XXXXX)

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TIMELINE:
On the day this letter was written, the Waffen SS murdered 81 US POWs at Malmedy. The Battle of the Bulge had begun the day before. Since his last letter, Athens had been liberated and the Greek Civil War began. The French had captured Strasbourg, and the gas chamber at Auschwitz was shut down.

 
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