A copy of a letter you wrote for Miss Inez Schindler
The reason I haven't been writing you is because I was waiting for an answer of my last letter which I have just received.
I assure you when I went to the Post Office and the postman gave me our letters I was tickeled to death when I read Mr. Michael
S. DeBakey. Then I came home I read it.
When you said in your letter that you was delighted to know that I hadn't forgotten my old teacher you put some pep in
On the way from U.S. to Syria we saw about 4 contients[sic]. From New Orleans we sailed to Cuba which very S.A. From there
we sailed to the Canary Islands. From the Canary Islands we sailed to Havre, France, which is in Europe. From Havre to Marsielles,
from Marsielles to Alexander, Egypt, which is in Aferica[sic]. From there we went to Syria, which is in Asia. We went all
over the world except we didn't tucth[sic] Austrila[sic]. I guess you read in the American Press about my trip to Zhyla.
We have lots of fun in our automobile. We go riding every day. The country here is very mountainous so the roads going from
different cities have to climb mountains. The water here doesn't need ice because it is all from springs, and ice is very
scarce. The ice that they get is from the mountains. I want you to put these jokes in the paper. When we were in the custom
house a man asked us, "Were you in America?" We said, "Yess[sic]". He said, "In what part, Brazil or New
York?" (S.A. or N.A.) We told him New York. He said, "Did you see my brother in Beonnus[sic] Aires?" We told him
no. That shows of use is Geography.
I went to a store to buy some grocery[sic]. It was a very hot day and I just had my summer clothes on. The owner of the store
asked me, "Aren't you cold?" I told him, "No. Don't you see I'm sweating?" He said, "all the
clothes I have on and I'm cold". He had 2 coats, 1 army overcoat, 1 vest, 2 pairs pants, and something like a dress.
That is the way most of the people here dress. They wear the same clothes summer and winter.
There was once a man wanted to go to America. He went to Beyrouth where he saw the ocean. He said, "I bet it has 100 gallons
of water and more and more!" Ha! Ha!
The country here is growing little by little. Every since I've left the U.S. I haven't see nothing like the stars