From the July 10, 1919 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:
Marion Visits Paris.
The following letter from Chief Musician, Marion C. Owens of the Naval band stationed at Brest, France was received Tuesday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Owens. Marion secured a fifteen day leave and during that time he visited Paris and also made a trip to Brussels, Belgium:
Well I just had my supper and I will stop my travels awhile to drop you a line.
I took a boat trip on the Seine river this afternoon. It was sure fine — lots of beautiful scenery along the trip. We went from one side of the city to the other, crossing underneath thirty-four bridges.
When we came back I stopped at the Eiffel Tower and went up on top of it. it has only been open about a week, since the war, it is 984 feet tall. To the top of the flag staff it is 1000 feet, so you see it is pretty tall. It is the tallest structure in the world. In order to get to the top you have to change elevator three times.
I ate dinner with Celia Hutt yesterday. She says she likes it fine over here. She sure looks good.
I never ate so much ice cream until I came up here. It seems like I can’t get enough.
I hope everybody is still well and everything all o. k.
Your loving son, Marion.