American Field Service Bulletin
American Field Service
Service Automobile Américain
Aux Armées Françaises
December 8, 1917
PUBLISHED EVERY WEEK AT, 21, RUE RAYNOUARD,
Three Months …….Fr. 2,00 -- Civilians by post …… Fr. 2,75
Six Months ………. 4,00 -- -- 5,50
THE DAY of days to those brought up in the United States, especially those belonging to families cherishing New England traditions. Other nations have their National Fetes. Their Memorial Days, and Christmas, but Thanksgiving is our own special day and its meaning is not appreciated by those unacquainted with its origin. To the small boy and the turkey it means “stuffing”, although the latter gets all that is coming to him sometime before the small boy arrives at the festivities. To the older members of the family it means “home” and “reunion” and that is why we wish to express our deep appreciation of the successful efforts of our efficient nurse and cheery co-worker, Miss Besselle Austin, who did so much to make this a real Thanksgiving at rue Raynouard.
In the afternoon there were “secrets” going on. The music and reading room was closed and on the door this notice: “Room closed – Floor drying”, which was very suggestive and the dining room was also closed against the four o’clock tea imbibers. When we came in to dinner the tables were decorated with roses and vines as in the old days of Rue Raynouard when new sections of volunteers were about to take the field an were given banquets and wished godspeed with wine and ceremony.