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THE ARMY OF THE BACK YARD IT MAY WIN
WAR CHANCE FOR THOSE WHO STAY HOME
BY CHARLES EDWARD RUSSELL
This war will be fought in the
trenches and it will be fought jon the
It will also "be fought somewhere
American soldiers will fight it in
the trenches. American sailors will
fight it on the sea. Both will beyond
a doubt win victories and help to free
mankind from the blight and curse
Our hearts will be with them all
We can't all go to the trenches and
fight or go to sea and fight.
But millions of us that stay at
home can fight for the United States
in that other place where there will
be fighting and can win victories just
as important in their way as victories
on sea and in the trenches.
The other place is in the back yard
and the vacant lots.
This country of ours, facing Ger
many, the enemy of mankind, on the
battlefield, faces another enemy at
The very grave fact stares us in
the face that this year we are likely
to be short of all kinds of things that
we grow to eat.
We have never had anything like
this before in America. We are going
to have it this year unless those of
us that must stay at, home meet the
situation and beat it.
Short of beans, peas, corn, pota
toes, cabbage, onions, carrots and
turnips. Short of a hundred things
we usually have in abundance.
One reason why we shall be shoi t
Is because millions of men will 'be
needed in the army, the navy and
the munition factories. Another rea
son is that in recent years production
has not kept pace with the increase
Every town and city in this coun
try has vacant lots and backyards
that now grow nothing but grass and
weeds and might grow enough to
feed the whole community for a year.
Every vacant lot and every back
yard ought to be put to that use now,
this week, without any more delay.
Time is short, spring is advanced,
planting time is here. Get busy, boys
and girls and everybody else. Plant
No person that owns a vacant lot
or a backyard will refuse to allow it
to be put to this good and necessary
and PATRIOTIC use. When other
men are offering their lives for this
cause, he will be glad to offer a piece
of ground he doesn't use.
It is good work, v patriotic work,
needful work, and most pleasant
work. There is no greater pleasure
than to cause things to grow and
watch them develop.
This is YOUR work. Go to it now
and you will be proud of it hereafter.
You will be glad to think that you
had a part in this great war for hu
manity. You will always remember
that you did your part to prevent a
food shortage that would have done
more to help the enemy than 10,000,
000 men could have done.
But congress at the same time
should do its part, no less.
While we are producing things in
back yards and vacant lots the farms
of this country ought to go the limit
We need this year the biggest crop
ever known. We need the bumper
record in wheat, in oats, in corn.
We need to have every corner of
every farm out to use; we need to
have crops by the wayside and crops
where there were never crops before.
But no one can expect the farm
ers to push planting to thelimit as
it ought to be pushed unle'ss there
is a prospect of a return for their
labor. They, like other men, must
see some reason and some induce
ment for their efforts.
The only way to make sure of the
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