This particular blog post deals with a small collection of letters written by Chester Cole, a young man from Berlin, Massachusetts that I managed to rescue from the Ebay market. While not as numerous as the letters of Paul Jones, there are 33 letters that I transcribed into readable text form for the Voyant-tools word analysis program. The following word cloud was the outcome of the Cole letters
Another comparison that could be noteworthy is the observation of the frequency of the word 'War' in the Paul Jones' letters. Chester Cole's most frequent word was 'home.' Could this difference stem from the fact that Jones enlisted earlier in the First World War (1916)? In Europe 'war' was prevalent in every aspect of life, yet, here in America, we remained an isolated country, intent on non-involvement. When we did finally become involved, many men drafted into the American Expeditionary Force did not want to fight. Leaving home was a burden. 'War' was not a word commonly spoken of in Chester's letters.