A convalescent's letter home


A convalescent's letter home



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This picture was taken in the Russian Cathedral in Dalny, which was used by the Japanese, after they had captured the city, as an officers' hospital. The officer is writing a letter to his dear ones in Japan. What is he writing about? Let us peep over his shoulders. He is telling his mother that he is alive and on the way to recovery. He regrets that he will be an invalid, unable to return to the fighting line and to die for his country. And he knows that his mother will mourn over his escape from death in battle. Then he describes a spectacle given by the Russians who one day marched out of a fort, two regiments strong, with banners flying and bands playing, right in sight of the Japanese, parading for several hundred yards. It was a rare treat for the Japanese, who had never seen anything like it in their own business-like army. They looked on like dumfounded boys, until the vainglorious, pompous show disappeared again behind the fort.


1 stereograph. 2 photomechanical prints on stereo card : halftone, stereograph, color ; 9 x 18 cm


1905 Ingersoll, T.W.
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Barry, Richard and Barry, Richard (photographer), “A convalescent's letter home,” Monash Collections Online, accessed April 17, 2024, https://repository.monash.edu/items/show/14069.

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