This story by J. D. Newsom was published in Adventure Magazine on 01 January 1930, appearing four years before Newsom’s other Foreign Legion story called “The Rest Cure” which appeared in the April 1934 issue. They are two different stories but yet this is a similar “fish out of water” Newsom tale where the least likely specimen, in this case a self identified poet, finds himself in the roughest of military and social organizations. Monte Fisher fancies himself a poet but a poet of the rough and tumble Robert Service type and has arrived in Paris determined to shock the local literary effete with his He-Man prose. I’m not sure if Newsom had in mind Allan Seeger or not or, more likley, if he was merely taking a shot at the highbrow class who, in this story, are very relieved to see the irritating Monte Fisher remove himself from their close circle and head off to the Legion. Almost immediately Fisher runs afoul of the honestly rough legionnaires and the rif-raf they recruit and quickly is convinced that desertion is the next best option. Of course, there are some life lessons in every Newsom story and the first one is: Never enlist into military servitude while you are still intoxicated…and of course there is nothing like combat to sort out any bad life decision.
NOTE: This issue has a great cover and I have a copy. Somewhere. For now, here is a place holder until I can scan and post a higher resolution image. Thanks to Eric, the original scanner. Also, is it just me or does this cover show a very close resemblance to Gary Cooper?