November 17th, 1915

November 17, 1915

At the Front.

Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Blenkhorn, of Canning, have favored us with a letter from his son, Glen, a native of Somerset, who is well known to many of our readers:

Somewhere in Flanders,

October 25th.

Dear Father. – Just a line to let you know I am feeling fine, and having as good a time as possible under the conditions. Well, I received two letters from mother, one from you, one from Grace and Bertram and was so pleased to get them. I will have quite a few to answer.

Well, the wet weather has set in and it looks as if it would keep up for some time. It makes it very nasty for us moving. We are out on our rest now. The rain is very cold, and it begins to feel like winter. Well, father, there isn’t so very much doing just now. Getting ready for cold weather, repairing trenches and so on. My, what a letter I could write if I were allowed to! But let us hope, if it is the good Lord’s will, I can tell you all some day. We are rather dreading the winter, but I am keeping myself in as fit a condition for it as I can under the circumstances. There is one thing, Father, I want you to send me is a thermos bottle. It keeps drinks hot for one hundred hours. Get me a quart and a half if you can and a leather casing with a strap to sling over the shoulder. You can get it made if you cannot buy one. Now, Father I don’t want to put you to so much trouble for me, but they come in great in the trenches, and you said for me not to be afraid to ask for things to make me comfortable.

Corbin (Raymond, the barber) often enquires about you and Capt. Margeson calls me "Loran’s Boy." I also met an old friend of your that used to paint for Stewart Dalrymple, in Somerset. A tall, thin fellow, I forget his name, Corbin knows him quite well. Anyway he had a long talk with me. He said I was just a little fellow when he was in Somerset. He asked for Grace too. Said he remembered how ……used to guard us children. This man belongs to the 25th and cooks for the officers of the Battalion. I am sending you some verses, which you can have put in the newspaper if you want to. I do not get my Acadian since I came across here for some reason. I must close as it is getting late.

Hoping this will find you enjoying the best of health, luck and happiness: God bless you. Loads of love and kisses to all.

Your loving son,


November 17, 1915

Married In The South.

A very pretty double wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. LeCain, Algiers, New Orleans, La., on Saturday, Oct. 23rd. The brides were Miss Mary A. Cook, only daughter of Capt. G. M. and Mrs. Cook, of Boston, formerly of Waterville, and Miss Aline Armstrong, of Summerville, Hants County. Miss Cook was married to Mr. Fenwick LeCain, of New Orleans, first officer of the United Fruit Companies’ steamship Abangarez. Miss Armstrong became the wife of Mr. M. Card, an officer of the same steamer. The two brides were dressed in costumes especially designed for the occasion. Both carried large bouquets of roses and lilies of the valley. They wore the conventional bridal veils, fastened with pearls and diamond brooches, gifts from the respective grooms. Both couples stood under a beautiful arch, composed of palms and ferns with white festoons, from which was suspended a huge white bell. Miss Cook’s dress was of beautiful soft satin and lace. Miss Armstrong’s dress was of crepe de chene. Mrs. LeCain received many beautiful and handsome presents, including silver, cut glass, china and linen from her many friends in Boston, Nova Scotia and New Orleans. Also a gift of money from her Sunday School teacher in Boston. Mr. LeCain received a substantial cheque from his fellow officers. Mr. LeCain presented his bride with a handsome mission book case with fifty volumes of Harvard Classics. Both couples will reside in Algiers, La. Dr. Brown, of the Methodist Church, performed the ceremony.