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The Belles of Saint Mary’s
On Letter Writing SCPUCMCCE S E Z I E
The universally favorite pastime
of all Saint Mary’s girls is reading
letters, of course! But to get letters,
it is only too true that letters must
be written. These letters fall into
many categories. First there are
the letters written to mothers and
fathers. These are written not so
much as a means of getting mail,
but rather as an expression of filial
love (sometimes characterized by
the fact that these letters must be
written.) The messages are usually
scrawled on penny postals or note
book paper during the more boring
or slacker classes. Subject matter
usually centers around the activities,
problems, predicaments, and requests
of the daughter.
The second type of letter goes to
relatives. These are generally writ
ten to doting aunts (who send boxes
of candy or a cake to halt gnawing
hunger pangs) to show our sincere
appreciation and to insure the con
tinuation 'of such remembrances.
Since the “good impression” is con
sidered rather necessary, the mono-
grammed stationery is usually used.
The third type of epistle is ad
dressed to the girls with whom we
went to high school—the good
friends to whom we occasionally
write to strut over the new pin or
the wonderful time had last week
end or to ease blueness or to hint
for a letter to fill that mail box.
N'eedless to, say, this letter is written
on everything from notebook paper
to the amusing comic stationeries.
Quite often it is faultily typed. The
salutation and close are invariably
slooshy, and these letters always
start off with “. . . I know you think
I’m dead or something, but, honest,
I’ve never been quite so busy be
fore . . .”
The fourth type is sent to all
male acquaintances who inspire no
true emotion except the yearning
for Hershey bars, invitations, and
primarily MAIL. These letters are
written on the best or next-best sta
tionery and invariably close with
the “. . . there goes the bell, so I’ve
got to run . . or “. . . It’s getting
late and lights have to be out,” nat
urally the letter is written in the
middle of the day. It is necessary
to add that these closes are some
times sincere and often have to go
to the O. A. O.’s.
The fifth type is the most uni
versal, the most interesting, and
brings the most cherished results.
This is the type known as every
thing from “billet douce” to “THE
letter.” Haturally it is to THAT
man. These letters are written on
the very best stationery, and occa
sionally are really composed with
care and copied over and over until
the writer is sure that the desired
result will be obtained. The saluta
tions range from “Dear” upward,
and the closes always include the
word “love” and often lots more.
There is always the paragraph about
“how much I miss you and want to
Too often, now, these letters are
written on V-mail blanks or at least
air mail stationery. The stamps
are often 6 cent airmails. The ad
dresses are hard to remember, and
include serial numbers, comjdicated
addresses, and A.P.O. or F.P.O.
Well, here I am back again. I
did survive those old exams after all.
How I can say frankly that I didn’t
think I’d ever really get through
them, but I did; so I guess I can’t
complain about little blue books any
I was just in the first fioor Holt
kitchen helping some seniors with
some soup (they’re cooking it and
I’m eating it). Dora’s been telling
us about everybody. Incidentally,
now I wish I’d spent my time look
ing at the copies of Time Miss Mor
rison puts in Holt parlor; I didn’t
know a thing about current events
but some APO numbers.
Talking about the war news, it
certainly looks good. Stuart says
she’ll have to go on a liquid diet
now ’cause Manila has fallen and
that means that they’ll all be com
ing home soon and she’s gained ten
pounds. I’ve heard a lot of people,
not here of course, say that they’re
going on “liquid diets” when victory
is declared. But then I guess that’s
a different kind of liquid.
I understand that Kate asked Mr.
iMoore if he was giving them a
month on each of their Shakespeare’s
plays. And some senior said on the
I must remember not to cry
When it is time for sharing
A slice of moon, a sudden spring.
Or dreams too sharp for bearing.
I must forget an April wood.
White evenings in December,
When we were walking through the
And then I must remember
That laughter, if it’s gay enough.
Can dull the sound of dying;
That hearts were meant to wear in
And tears are not for crying.
Blanche LaBelle Sweeney.
numbers. The results of these epis
tles usually have the word “Free”
written on the upper right-hand
corner of the envelope.
Many quaint customs center
around these important letters. The
most general is the practice of in
verting the postage stamp. Several
girls sprinkle cologne or dust sachet
into their letters. Some specialize
in blue or pink writing paper. There
is even a girl who writes to her man
in the Havy with waterproof ink—
“To get a letter; write a letter,”
so get busy to keep that mail box
filled. And remember that letters
build civilian as well as military
Bible exam that Solomon was known
for his wealth and posterity, but
isn’t that right? I only referred to
David’s coming to the thrown. Gee,
I wonder if I can go to spelling
class—-maybe Phyllis will go with
me. Ruth Hayes still claims that
politics should have nothing to do
Haney is awfully proud of her
new Deke pin from that ensign.
But doesn’t that sort of confuse mat
ters? Maria got some real (pardon,
I didn’t really mean to say that,
Mr. Moore, honest!), anjuvay, very
pretty gardenias from THAT mid
shipman in Hew York.
But the big news comes from the
Rock, and it concerns Ditty and her
“Back Home For Keeps” marine.
Anna Margaret got snowbound when
she went out to Ohio to see her
brother. Imagine—snow! YVhat’s
Lucy Hancock was all excited last
Tuesday ’cause a certain Havy man
was getting his wings and his ensign-
ship, or do you say commission? I
don’t know ’cause most of my friends
are only enlisted men, but aren’t
they wonderful ?—!!
(From P. 1, Col. 3)
Germany a'number of times, as far
as our lines extend there. It gives
you a funny feeling to go there,
there’s something strange about it
all The Germans—well, we had no
trouble with the Hazis; they were
all gone by the time we got there—
and the others, they will hardly pay
any attention to you. Of course,
they must be tremendously impress
ed by our military might; and that
in itself may account for the bash
ful, almost meek impression they
will give you on first sight.
“We have what they call a non
fraternity policy in effect. We are
not to speak to the Germans except
on official business, etc., etc. And
yet, as you ride along the streets in
Germany you’ll find these GI’s talk
ing, or, if they don’t know the lan
guage, gesticulating. The German
kids have already developed a
healthy appetite for our chocolate
and candy ration, and from what I
was told yesterday, the German
Hansfrauen do not at all frown on
the IJ. S. Army’s C-Rations. As a
matter of fact, for services they ren
der, they do not want to be paid in
their worthless mark—no, food is
what they want, and food is what
many of them get.
“Personally, I think the whole
situation is rather ■ unfortunate, but
it goes to show that the mentality of
the American is such that he finds
it hard to dispose of his generosity
and friendliness, substituting non-
fraternizing for same.
“Even I, who have a lot more rea
son to dislike the Germans than the
average GI Joe, find it difficult to
keep a cold face when a German kid
gives me a broad smile. So far I
have succeeded. But I know that it
will be hard to carry out the Army’s
‘courteous, but firm, strict, but not
overbearing policy . . .’ ”
At the Theaters
Here Como the Waves.
B. Crosby, S. Tufts,
B. Hutton. )]
None liut the Lonely He*
C. Grant, E. Barrymore:^
G. Garson, W. Pidgeon
Belle of the Yukon.
R. Scott, G. Rose Lee.
Music for Millions.
M. O’Brien, J. Iturbi.
Big Xoise. t
Laurel & Hardy. ,
5Ian in Half-Moon Sti'cd^
Jluixler in the Blue RooP
I Love a Mystei-j’.
Lake Placid Serenade, a
The Muniiny’s Curse,
9-10 Jam Session.
11-13 Show Business.
G. Murphy, E. Cantor,
14-15 Dr. AVassell. G. hooper.ta
16-17 Tampico. .e
Ever Since Venus. ,,
18-19 Carolina Blues.
20-21 Double Indemnity. ]
B. Stanwyck, F. MacMud*.
22 Ghost Catchers. j’
Abbott & Costello.
23-24 I Love a Soldier. la
P. Goddard, S. Tufts.
9 Buffalo Bill. ic
J. McCrea, L. Darnell. „
10 Yellow Canary. A. Ni^
11-12 Purple Heart. D. Andies
13 The Hitler Gang. *'
R. Watson. 'i-i
14 Gamblers Charge.
C. Morris, N. Kelly.
15-16 Guy Xamed Joe.
V. Johnson, I. Dunn,
S. Tracy. II
17 Action in Arabia.
G. Saunders, V. Bruce, q,
18-19 Pin-up Girl. ,
B. Grable, J. E. Brown, 'j*
20 Bermuda Mysteiw. ®
21 Candlelight in Algiers. |
J. Mason. II
22-23 Secret Command.
C. Landis, P. O’Brian, -p
9-10 Riding High.
11-15 Here Come the Waves.
B. Hutton, S. Tuffs,
B. Crosby. j
16-17 Miracle of Morgan's
B. Hutton, E. Bracken.
Aldrich Boy Scout.
18-20 Mrs. Parkington.
G. Garson, W. Pidgeon.
21-22 Dark Waters. F. Tone
23-24 IVinter Time.
J. Fontaine, O Welles.
9-10 Vigilantes of Dodge Citl',-',^
11 Thoroughbreds. ^ ^
T. Neal, A. Savage. le
12-13 Two Girls and a SailoP \t\
V. Johnson, J. Allyson. d,
14-15 The Unwritten Code.
T. Neal. u-
16-17 Arizona Stagecoach. M
The Gang Bustei-s. ^1
18-20 The National Bjim
21-22 Meet 5Iiss Bobby Socks-
B. Crnshv e*
23 Law of the Valley. Ci
J. Mac Brown. ba
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