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" TiaeOlDMBlXEVlSNINGMISSOURIAK. SATURDAY. DECEMBER 11. 1920
te Slaughter of the Innocents
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''Threa and a half million children call to the
heart and resources of America for these daily sup
plies not available in their own countries, that are
vital to their survival and to the rebuilding of their
"Our resources will he exhausted in January.
"We must not step aside and permit the spectre
of death, in the form of hunger and cold to haunt
these helpless ones this winter, yet we can not con
tinue without help . . .
'This is a charge on the American heart, and
America can not fail in her solicitude for these lit
"Twenty three million dollars' must he raised
without delay, and remembering the new heart you
put into the Commission of Relief in Belgium in the
.dark days of 1916, 1 coins to you again."
" (Signed) HERBERT HOOVER
(From a letter to the Literary Digest)
In immediate response Uie following editorial
ivas published in The Literary Digest of Oct. 30:
TT HEN Jesus Christ came upon the earth, nearly two thou
j l sand years ago, to save all mankind, his mere coming
seemed to interfere with the material interests of a few
people of that period, notably King Herod, who iproniptlydecid
cd to dispose of this "interloper," and sent forth his soldiers
with orders to slay all the children of two years old and under.
Thus was consummated the rnot atrocious crime against inno
cent childhood ever committed up to that time. It has come
down to us through all the ages in song and story, and master
.painters have pictured it on marvelous canvase.
Today passing in review, as we look out through the windows
of our comfortable homes in this great and happy land, are three
and a half millions of helpless children, the innocent victims of
the creates! war that has eer afflicted humanity. It matters not
as we gaze in the direction of these children, thai our eyes must
stretch across three thousand miles of ocean, we still can sec
them and we still can hear them, if we wish to do so; and we can
not help hearing the tragic appeal in their -voices and seein their
tiny arms stretched out to us and their searching eyes looking
into our souls, as they say, "Help us, or we perish." And if we
'fail to listen to this great call of three and a half millions of
God's helpless children; if we close our eyes and ears to this
great demand of duty, we shall he just as guilty of the "slaugh
ter of the innocents" as was Herod, nearly two thousandsjeJrs
In these lands, swept by death and filled with tragedies too
deep for tears, a sum of human suffering is being written, greater
perhaps than for all ages gone by. The mind grows numb and
the heart sick from a constant recital of tales of such tragedy as it
is difficult to believe the twentieth century could hold.
And so, when we received a letter from Mr. Hoover telling
us that America must not allow death in the form of hunger and
cold to come to these 3,500,000 helpless children our soul was
stirred and the hot blood surged up in our heart We felt it was
our imperative duty to use all' the power God has gien us to aid
this noble-hearted American in continuing the work of saying
human live3 to which he has devoted unsparingly, and at great
personal sacrifice, his tremendous energy and administrative gen
ius during the past six jears, in which time he and his American
colleagues have administered two billions of dollars of relief
funds from all parts of the world with a total overhead expense
of only three-eights of one percent, with no remuneration to the
American directors. Now he asks us all to help save die children
who are in imminent danger of starvation this coming winter.
There they are, in the midst of wrecked homes, and farms,
and factories; in cities crowded with masses of refugees without
sustaining food for children, through the destruction of live stock;
ceds for planting, raw materials, tools, and machinery gone;
great areas with everything burned, or looted, or smashed; a
land of economic ruin, of mutilated life, and lingering death;
ind in the midst of it all the little children.
In long lines they are waiting at the American food-kitchens.
iVill the food Le there for them? Will they be turned away?
There are no happy, healdiy faces in those long lines not one.
i'ou have seen rags and barefooted children, but never so many
little boys and girls literally drest in tatters. Soon it will be
Very cold, and for those bare little, feet and legs and arms there
is nothing at home to put on.
Hollow faces and shrunken bodies arc so common that their
real condition does not become evident until we inquire more
closely, and then we find that most of them are from one to five
years back in their growth. Children of eight years old have not
reached the normal size of two and a half. They are just leaning
to stand alone. Others almost as old can not yet stand on their
feet. Their arms, and legs, and spines, and chests are twisted
and warped. The flesh and skin are. shriveled on their bones.
It is suprizing that life can still exist there. If they can have
food they will gradually regain their health and strength, but
with most of them it is a question of now or never. Starvation
and tuberculosis will not wait.
In Poland alone a million five hundred thousand such chil
dren must he cacd for. In Latvia and Esthonia the(tpeople are
living mostly on a diet made f rom. potato-flour, , oat-flour, 'and
sawdust. In Czecho-Slovakia, in Hungary, in America, and in
oilier countries of central and southeastern Eurdpe, two millions
more are in dire need of food; and who stops to ask regarding
creed, or race, or nationality when a little child is starving?
Children ard just children the world over, and the great Ameri
can heart is big enough to care for them all.
But the appeal now is not for all. The three and k half
millions of children in immediate danger of starvation, if this
organization fails who must have food at once, are only a frac
tion of the total number. The hungry children of those destitute
countries have been examined by competent physicians and only
those whose wasted little bodies are reduced to the minimum
weight, and whose endurance of hunger has reached the end which
merges into actual starvation, are admitted to the American kit
chens and given one meal a day. It is hard to turn away thou
sands of hungry boys and girls to hear them ask, pleadingly,
"Do I weigh too much?" "Am I not thin enough?" "Can't I
come any more?" But this restricting of food to the extreme
cases is compulsory, because there isn't enough for all.
And these neediest ones can not reach the kitchens through
the cold winds and the snow barefooted and in the pitiful rags a
which form only a partial covering for their bodies. They must .
have clothes. Each outfit consists of one pair of warm woolen
stockings, one Ipair of boots, and a little overcoat. This one meal
a day, and these hoots, stockings, and little coats can be supplied
only if tie give them. If w e do not, the slaughter of the innocents
by cold and starvation will be appalling.
Among the more than two million men and women who will
read this page there is not one there can not be-a single one
whose heart will not respond gladly and eagerly to the challenge
of this great need. We arc asked, you with us, to co-operate with
Mr. Hoover in raising twenty-three million dollars to feed and
clothe these children and save them from death this winter, It:
can be done. It shall be done!, THE LITERARY DIGEST '
knows its readers and the deep earnestness, the quick sympathy
the great-hearted generosity they always show when any real hu
man need calls to them. You have never been called upon in
vain. We are counting on you now with a great confidence. Wo
know, also, how truly you represent the American spirit, which
beats in the hearts of a hundred and three millions more in this
big land' of plenty; a spirit which leaps ready at every such call,
and is never weary in well-doing. We are not a hermit nation,
isolated from the world, when suffering and want cry out to us .
from anywhere unde die sun. A great, a beautiful, and heart
sustaining hope supports these striken people America will'
come to their relief. For in the far places of the earth, where ""
famine stalks, one name and one alone is synonymous with res-.
cue and hope and that name is America.
The small individual unit of ten dollars will provide the -coat
and boots and stockings and one meal a day for one child
this winter. We urge our readers we urge every one whose
eyes are on these words to give quickly as many of these units'
as possible, to buy for themselves that precious and priceless
thing, the. life of a little child as many of them as they can,
and every one will be a shining star in an eternal crown. It was
the Divine Love of little children, who came to earth as' a little
child, and who reigns now as the King of Glory who said, "Inas
much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, ye' have
done it unto me." He does not forget, nor fail to reward.
So deeply do we ourselves feel the urgency of this great
need, knowing all the facts, that we should feel a heavy burden
of guilt if we did not go beyond anything we have felt possible
heretofore in order to save these innocent children from suffering
and death. Therefore, THE LITERARY DIGEST. will start this
fund with the sum of $25,000 to feed and clothe twenty-five
hundred little boys and girls this winter. What an inspiration it -will
be to all of us what an inspiration and example to many
thousands who may be uncertain how much to give if in the
very first week there shall be a great shower of checks for $1,000
for $5,000, for $10,000, as well as a deluge of smaller amounts,
to send the fund rolling on toward the necessary twenty-three
millions. Let us aU see again what father's heart is like in this
great rich land of America. Let us have again a wondrous rev
elation of the heart of American motherhood. Let us have a great
outpouring of love and helpfulness in the name of Him who said,
"Feed my lambs!"
President-Elect Harding, in a Great-Hearted Response, Sets an Example for all Americans
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IN THE MIDST OF THE FLOOD OF TELEGRAMS, TELEPHONE CALLS, AND ELECTION RETURNS POURING IN UPON HIM FROM EVERY
PART OF THE UNITED STATES, MR. HARDING TURNED FROM IT ALL TO WRITE AND DISPATCH THE FOLLOWING TELEGRAM FROM
THE LITERARY DIGEST, NEW YORK CITY:
Marion, Ohio, November 4, 1920.
I have just now read your Splendid appeal to the people of America in behalf of three and a half millions of unfortunate children in Central and
Southeastern Europe who are the helpless victims of die Great War. Because such a movement for relief reveals the true heart of America, because it
- hepeaks an American desire to play a great people's part in relieving and restoring God's own children, I want to commend and support your noble un- . ,
dertaking. In seeking God's blessing for ourselves I am sure He w ill bless us the more abundantly if we share our good fortune in acts of sympathy and ,
human fellowship. I wish you a success which will reveal anew the unselfishness of our great people. I'am forwarding you my check for two thousand -
five hundred dollars by mail today. (Signed) WARREN G. HARDING.
Make all checks payable to "The Literary Digest Child-Feeding Fund" and mail them direct to The Literary Digest. Every remittance
ivill be acknowledged, and The Literary Digest ivill be responsible for every dollar contributed, to see that it goes, without one penny de
ducted; to the purpose for which it is given. Addr.ess, Child-Feeding, The Literary Digest, 354-360 Fourth Avenue, New York
W. B. Noivell
C. B. Miller
N. T. Gentiy
R. B. Price, Jr.
E, Sydney Stephens
W. G. Stephenson
Columbia Evening Missourian