August 1, 1918 – Full diary entry:
“Not on detail today. Slept some. May get a job as Capt. Lewis’ orderly. If Art can succeed in getting a request for me I could talk Capt Lewis into letting me go.”
Robert wrote a few weeks ago about wanting to “work the order” – that is, to find fellow Masons and use that connection to move into a better position. (I even think at some point he just wants a different position, preferably with less guard duty.)
In that spirit, he is in full schemer mode today. As he wrote to his dad a few days ago, his old friend Art Herbert had talked about getting Robert a job as a driver in the Regimental Headquarters. If Art comes through, he’d need approval from Captain Lewis (both Art and Captain Lewis were Masons). So in preparation for that, he’s working on getting closer to Captain Lewis.
Of course, taking a job as an orderly only to request a transfer shortly thereafter does not seem like the best move to me. We’ll see what happens.
It should also be noted that this whole thing really matches what I know about Robert later in life. He was a salesman, a real estate developer, a hustler (in the best sense of the word) who always had an eye out for the next opportunity.
Where was Robert today? (Not for much longer, I promise!) See the timeline.