1914 Jun 25 – With the Soldiers at Sewell
Sewell, June 23rd.
We made a splendid journey down here upon which the C.N.R. might be congratulated. Arrived Monday, 5 a.m., but immediately we reached the place allotted to us, before we had even tied our horses, we got a terrific downpour of rain for about 3 hours, which drenched every man to the skin. As we were all kept busy, we soon got warm, and no one is the worse, in fact it helped to wake up some of the sleepy ones.
Everything down here, travelling, food and routine in general is 50 percent better than last year, and things are running nice and smoothly. The regiment compares very favourably with any other. I might conclude by saying that one of the things which has caused the Dauphin boys the most pleasure is the report we have received to the effect that Dauphin received its share of the much needed rain for the benefit of its crops.
CLEANED FROM A HORSES BACK.
Our younger troopers say they left their hearts with the girls at Dauphin.
We missed Capt. Newcombe the first few days. He missed the ducking we all got, so the honours are even.
Major Walker is smiling. He says he is proud of the boys and he knows crops are growing at Dauphin.
There are nearly twice the number in camp this year than there was last.
It isn’t fair to tell tales out of school but there are a couple of incidents which have happened in camp which I will relate later. There is a laugh coming to the girls sure.
Frank Beyette is dishing up the hash this year as usual. Frank is some cook and the rations are better this year than last. But Frank is mad some of the hungry boys “hooked” his pan of hot biscuits.
Q.M. Sergt. Wade is as busy as a washerwoman and as happy as a clam.
1914 Jun 25 – Winnipegosis
It is election talk and nothing but election talk.
Candidate Sam Hughes was in town on Saturday.
J.P. Grenon returned from a trip to Dauphin and Winnipeg on Saturday.
Constable Hunking took a Galician named John Soloway to Dauphin on Monday. Soloway has shown signs of insanity and will be examined at Dauphin as to his condition.
Hon. Hugh Armstrong and Sam Hughes will address a meeting here on Saturday night next.