Scrapbook page 24




Letter from Hortense McDonald detailing her upcoming assignment in France.


Gift of Rev. Shelby Ochs Owen




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Ochs Collection Scrapbook


New York City--
Sept. 11, 1918.

My dear Mr Ochs--

My clearance came today by wire from the war department and I have applied to the French consul for my passport [?], as it wont be long before I sail.

I am forbidden from mentioning the date or the name of the vessel, but it is a French liner that puts in at Bordeaux.

Of course you must not mention any of this in the Times. Have asked my sister, Mrs Jones to tell you all when she receives my cable of safe arrival.

I am looking forward with much pleasure to seeing A. & eventually the other boys of our Times family.

My Paris address will be American Y.M.C.A Publicity Dept. 12 Rue d’Agursseau. I have been given a roving assignment & will wander around in search of stories at canteens and huts.

Naturally it will be a pleasure to send anything of local interest back to The Times, and I shall certainly do it. In return, I hope when I get back to see my name with the others on the honor roll.

Evelyn goes off to school Tuesday but I am not telling her of my departure next week for fear she will be frightened, so kindly avoid mentioning it should you see her.

In saying au revoir, please let me stress the point that it would be a pleasure to be called upon to serve you in the paper in any possible way in France.

With all good wishes, believe me,
Sincerely yours
Hortense McDonald

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McDonald, Hortense, “Scrapbook page 24,” 1918 September 11, T100496, Adolph S. Ochs Jr. Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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