Manuscripts/Mixed Material [George F. Gaynor]
The principal amusement in Santo Domingo was the cock fights. Usually on Sundays they were held and heavy bets were laid down on these little feathered creatures wherever the natives congregated.
A pleasure I enjoyed the most in the city was to go to the open air cafes around the park during the evening, to sip a glass of wine, while the band played and I kept my eyes open for a passing fancy. Just for the fun of it, I bought an outfit of Dominican civilian clothes, white shoes and a large sombrero, for the sum of eleven dollars. Putting the clothes on, I started into town with Clotilda for company. We talked only in Spanish and walked by American MP's who didn't know but what we were just another couple of spicks. It was lots of fun, but if I had been caught it would have meant a general court martial due to the fact that in a foreign country on active service, it is against regulations to wear civilian clothes.