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EVENINGLEDGEB-PHILABELPHIA SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1914.
,e People of Philadelphia to Quiet
a Great Cargo of Food to
The Norwegian steamship "Thelma" is lying now in the
Delaware River under charter by a citizen of Philadelphia
for the trip to Europe.
The People of Philadelphia Are Asked
to Fill Her Up
The Newspapers Take Charge of the
. Work of Collecting the Cargo
. For the rapid collection of the cargo so urgently needed,
arrangements have been made for
Special Headquarters in the Lincoln Building,
Broad Street and South Penn Square
In this headquarters will be shown samples of the kinds
of food that it is possible for the ship to carry, and informa
tion will be given as to how this food can be bought.
At a meeting held yesterday of the principal representa
tives of the city's newspapers a committee was formed to
forward the work.
The public is notified by this committee that it will be
necessary to purchase the ship's cargo in bulk; otherwise
there will be great wastage.
To this end tentative arrangements have already been
made for the purchase of such quantities of flour, beans,
tinned fruits, tinned meats, coffee and certain cereals as
contributions may be received for.
The public is asked to hand in these contributions to
the headquarters opened in the Lincoln Building, or to send
them to any of the newspapers named, or through any
relief committee that will aid in this work.
The Philadelphia National Bank will have charge of the
Relief Fund. Make all checks payable to the Philadelphia
This Work is Undertaken in the Name of Charity ; All
Philadelphia Must Help No One is Excusable
The agonies and destitution already resulting from the
war in m Europe have become an enormity in the face of
. There is nothing in the whole world's history in the least
. measure to compare to it.
All that has ever been written and told and described in
any manner in all past ages regarding the horrors of war and
of pestilence and disaster are overshadowed and swept away and
made as nothing in comparison with this cataclysm that has
It is a new world convulsion; such a thing as there is
no precedent for.
No prophecy ever contemplated the remotest degree of
its horrors. No language has words to describe it. There
never was such a thing. There never was belief in or expec
tation of such a thing. It is unutterable.
The United States Must Come to the Rescue Phila
delphia, the First American City, Must Do Her Part
Every Man, Woman and Child.
There is no fair excuse that anyone can offer for not
'.coming to the front at this time.
In such cases as the Johnstown flood, the Galveston
disaster, the Mt. Pelee and Vesuvius eruptions all terrible
enough AS SUCH THINGS WERE THEN UNDERSTOOD,
the American people responded nobly AS NOBLE RE
SPONSE WAS THEN UNDERSTOOD. But as a matter of
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This Is the Relief Ship; How Soon Will the People Put in a Cargo?
fact, only a few people actually did respond; one in ten,
fifteen or twenty, with some small amount. It was sufficient,
and no complaint was made.
Now It Becomes More Than a Matter of
Generosity It Becomes a Duty
The whole American body of humanity MUST MAKE
ACTUAL SACRIFICE to save the other half of the world
from the effects of a disaster unspeakable.
Men, women and children who are suffering now in
Europe are EXACTLY LIKE OUR OWN MEN, WOMEN
AND CHILDREN here at home.
They have the same aptitude for sorrow; they have
the same capacity for pain, the same horrors of hunger and
shelterless destitution that every one of us has.
They are experiencing these agonies and sorrows, while
we can only contemplate them.
They are unable 'to help themselves. THERE IS NO
ONE TO HELP THEM SAVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
Sympathies have nothing to do with it. It is a DUTY
unescapable by any of us.
It is the Supreme Call in the Hour of the
Great Crisis of Civilization
Five cents will pay for a meal for a hungry woman and .child. There
is not a little boy or a little .girl in Philadelphia who can't give five cents.
$6.40 will buy a barrel of flour that will save a family from starvation.
Remember that every day hundreds are dying. Who in Philadelphia will give
$6.40 to buy aJbarrel of flour to save some of these lives?
$3 wiirbuy fifty pounds of beans. Who will give this little amount, and
be recompensed by the consciousness of suffering relieved and lives saved
and civilization redeemed?
Buying in quantities may make these prices less and that will mean
we can buy all the more. t
This Minute Is the Time to Do It
The Ship Is Waiting for Her Cargo
We are sending this ship and her cargo, not to help England, France
or Germany or Russia or Austria or Turkey; not to participate in the war,
nor to know one side from another.
The supplies will go where the need is greatest; their distribution
being directed by the American relief authorities in Holland and Belgium.
What Are the People Going to Do About It?
The Ship is in the dock waiting for your answer; she will lift her
anchor and clear the port the moment she is loaded.
The faster the contributions come in the more quickly her errand
will begin. ,
Let there be no time lost, for people are hungry on the other side.
Cyrus H. K Curtis
Benjamin G. Wells
John I Collier .
W. L McLean .
Ek A. Van Vaikenburg .
James Elverson, Jr. . .
AT. R Hanson . . . .
Cyrus H. K Curtis . .
. . North American
, Philadelphia Inquirer
, Philadelphia Record
. . Evening Ledger
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