THE ADVOCATE 459
VOL. 78 PART 3 MAY 2020
By D. Michael Bain
NEWSLETTER TO BROTHERS-IN-ARMS*†
E.A. Lucas’ Law Shop,
Inns of Court Building,
Vancouver, June 15, 1944
Monday morning, when I turned on the radio, a pilot gave an account of
his first flight with the mail for the army in France. It reminded me sharply
that the Bar Association has told us that you B.C. lawyers overseas like to
hear from us back here at home. We are told that it doesn’t matter much
what we write about, just so we write. That gives me a free hand.
On the morning of D-day, I was up early, still thinking of the young teletype
operator who had been practising the Saturday before, so that she
would be all ready when the time came to send out a message from Headquarters
that the invasion had commenced. When I went to the front door
and picked up the paper that quiet, sunny morning, there it was. I turned
on the radio and drank tea and smoked cigarettes until my head ached. At
eight o'clock I decided that the best thing to do was to eat my breakfast and
go on down to the office. There on my desk were suit papers and letters and
* Reprinted from (1944) 2 Advocate 78.
† The Advocate, having gained access to a private file of Mr. E.A. Lucas (of the Vancouver Bar), surreptitiously abstracted a
copy of a letter of his to a friend overseas which is here published. If Mr. Lucas sues us or informs against us our defense
will be inter alia that any literary effort of his definitely is entitled to be published—ed.