Abbie B., age 22, Kansas

A letter, two papers, and two pens came, glad for all. Did not need to lie down all day. It is 4 p. m. have just one hour to write. Brother is still poorly, has fever sometimes, and dont know what he says. My appetite is coming back. These are our dark days, but I am not homesick. I am glad to be with P – every once in a while I can do something for him.

Sometimes I think if I had not come, he would not have stayed in this ague infected place.

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