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The equipment is remarkably good, and the movie about as perfect as one in our own Page 20 American theaters, except for the delay in changing reels. The movies arrive regularly, and there seem to be plenty of "fans" in the army waiting for them. After the shows as we lie in our cots, Clarence Estadt and I have long talks about this and that. He was co-owner and editor of a newspaper in a small Ohio town. There are five of us in the tent, but he and I do most of the talkingthe others being mostly disinterested in conversation.

Still, where could they go, and could they keep at their flying twenty-four hours a day? As we neared the equator, the sea became calmer, smoother, and bluer, until on Sunday we were sailing through a gigantic circle of liquid lapis shot through with unearthly blues, greens, and violetsall blending into something too beautiful for a ship of war to swim into. The sky hung over it, palerbut as beautiful. Flying fish came out from time to time to plop back into the shining water like silver streaks.

It would be very nice to have a talk with the general himself and have him really know the state of chaos here. Too much faith is put in a colonel's hands, because he is from West Pointthat most overrated pile of rocks on the Hudson. Too often our West Pointers "overact" in order to hold up their Page 15 reputations as such and make a generally miserable situation for the men under them. We have seen a prime example under Lieutenant Colonel Neff, who is "building" tough men by having them out here without water (it is hauled in in cans), without bathing facilities, no laundry or place to do it, or a minute's free time.

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