El Pasoans who happened to be in the lobby of Hotel Paso del Norte, Friday evening, were privileged to form a company, the center of which was an officer of the French army, wearing his full uniform, the blue that is said to have been blended to match the skies over La Belle France. It was Lieut. Of artillery Henri F. Negre, whose home address is 224 Rue de Rivole, Paris, and who is in the United States as one of the French mission. He is the first French officer to arrive here for war service.
“Pardon, monsieur, but I am fatigued from my travel, having come from St. Louis without a stop, and I am in El Paso only to rest over night,” he told the reporter. “The people of El Paso seem to be as wonderful as those of the other American cities I have visited, but I can indulge in no ceremony on my stay here,” he added with modesty.
When asked his destination and object, he replied, with a Gallis shrug of the shoulders that he was assigned to Camp Cody, at Deming, to assist in artillery instruction, and nothing more. When asked of this experiences on the battlefield, he replied with only the shrug of his shoulders.
Lieut. Negre was delighted to find several Americans in the lobby who could converse with him in the language of France, but at the close of his interview with the reporter he made his adieu in perfect English. He left Saturday morning for Camp Cody, Deming. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, October 20, 1917