March 4. 1917
The train was late. It was 10.45 when we arrived.
I walked to the Hotel Cochran and called on Mrs. Charles H. Roberts.
Had lunch with Capt. Albert Fletcher, Ordinance Dept.
Called on Mrs. Roberts again at 3 p.m.
At her suggestion we went to the capitol and called on Congressman Sherman Burrows, from Manchester N.H.
He has recentlt (sic.) inspected Camp Greene and had found conditions very bad there. He had not visited the Hospital however so I could get no real information as to what I might expect.
We then called on Congressman Wasson from Nashua, N.H.
He had also recentlt (sic.) inspected Camp Greene. His story was even more dismal than Burrows story.
Mr. Burrows was much of a gentleman. Mr. Wasson was of a distinctly different type.
He is a tall, large man, given to the habit of chewing tobacco.
He sat in the usual swivel desk chair and directly in front of Mrs. Roberts. He pushed the cuspidor between Mrs. Roberts and himself, tipped back in his chair, spread his legs apart and began to talk.
He was the picture of perfect comfort.
Every now and them (sic.) he would expectorate a huge amount of tobacco juice, and each time he did it I expected to see Mrs. Roberts covered but never once did he miss the mark.
If chewing tobacco is still a mark of distinction in Congress New Hampshire has reasons to feel proud.
I was pleased to meet the secretary of this gentleman, Mr. Charles Wright of Plymouth N.H. an old friend.
Went back to the hotel with Mrs. Roberts, had dinner with ler (sic.) and left at 9.30 p.m.
At 10.45 p.m. took the night train for Charlotte.
From MS-397, Box 1, Folder 3. To read the diary in its entirety, visit Rauner Special Collections Library and ask to see the Harry Goodall papers (MS-397).