"Received your letter today and will try and answer it. I guess it has been very hot up there this summer. It is not as hot here now as it was a week ago. It has been raining every day for over a week and the natives say it has rained more in the last eight days than in eighteen months before. This country down here is a typical Mexican country. Cactus and Mesquite brush with patches of sand and clay mixed in. They raise a little corn, but not much. Cotton is the principal crop. There are a few orchards of lemons and oranges, but not many. The ranch we are on has 60,000 acres in it and the one next to it has 150,000 acres, but not very much of either of them in cultivation, as it's all Mexican labor, and you know a Mexican is too d___ lazy to do anything he don't have to. The Y.M.C.A. people put up a building here about 60 feet long and 40 feet wide and are giving us the use of it. They have papers and magazines of all kinds and they also furnish us with writing paper and envelopes and pen and ink free so that makes it pretty nice when we want to write letters. They opened it up last Sunday. They hold meetings three or four evenings a week to try to keep us boys straight, as there are so many, being about 10,000 in this camp.
"Roy Tanner is in the same camp with me. I told him I received a letter from you and he said to send his regards when I wrote you.
"Well I guess I have given you all the news this time. Give my regards to all the people up there and tell them I would be glad to hear from them at any time."
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