Y Saito to J. A. Motherwell, 18 January 1942

Y Saito to J. A. Motherwell, 18 January 1942

1903 West 4th Ave Jan 18th 1942
How are you getting along sir.
Well my boat has been taken away by order as ordinary Japanese.
Of course obey is at present our first duty, but that is not the way to treat a man who served in the midst of powder smoke and bullets rain for the union jack.
I did not vainly pay bloody tax in France.
I beg you will not concern yourself about it, and make statement for your information only
Your obedient servant,



Y Saito to J. A. Motherwell, 18 January 1942


Transcriber: Lindsey Jacobson
Encoder: Gord Lyall
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