THE LETTER FROM THE WAR DEPARTMENT Whew, but it's hot here! grumbled Sergeant Noll Terry, of the United States Army. That's an odd complaint to hear from a young man who served so actively for two years in the tropics, laughed Mrs. Overton, a short, plump, middle-aged matron. Well, Mother, it is a hot day, put in Sergeant Hal Overton quietly. Yes, it is, agreed Hal's mother, though you two, who came from the Philippines the very picture of health can't feel the weather to-day much. New Jersey isn't in the tropics.