I carry heavy ratios of canned peaches and pound cake.
Lieutenant Jimmy Cross spent lost of his days thinking about Martha. Most of the things he carries correlate with Martha. For example in chapter one it states, "First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried letters from a girl named Martha, a junior at Mount Sebastion college in New Jersey "
Through out the first chapter the author introduces many different characters along with what they carry.
During chapter one the audience is informed Lavender that died due to the irresponsibility of Lieutenant Jimmy Cross, which led to his depression.