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W AR SAVINGS SOCIETY
BUY WAR SAVING STAMPS
DECLARE FOR THR1PT
ACTIVITIES OF THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT
WAR WORK ASSOCIATION
Under the daily, personal direction of Mrs.
Franklin K. Lane, wife of the Secretary of the
Interior, nearly half a thousand women of the
Interior Department are using every spare minute
sewing, knitting and packings things which will
comfort and cheer sick and wounded American sol
diers in France.
When the office day ends they hurry from all
parts of official Washington to the j*ooms in Sec
retary Lane's big building where the Interior De
partment War Work Association is in continuous
session, to turn in finished work and get material
for more sweaters, sheets, towels, pajamas, stock
ings, slippers and the other articles which are
packed in big shipping cases, one which has gone
to Neuillv.-Frati.cej,. every ten days. And, here
after, theAss6ci^Sn ^wWship a box every weel
The Interior Department War Work Association
is an auxiliary of the American Red Cross. It had
its beginning, almost immediately after war with
Germany was declared, when the Home Club,
which is a social organization of the department
with nearly a thousand members, began planning
for relief work. For a time the association met
in the Home Club Building, on Jackson Place and
in the early days of the movement its output was
distributed through the American-French Clear
ing House. When its activities outgrew the quar
ters in the Home Club fhe work rooms were moved
to the Interior Building.
I Here, Mrs. Lane, surrounded by the wives and
daughters of her husband's assistants, commission-
iers,- directors and chiefs, manages an organized
patriotism which ramifies into the-far north where
the Alaskan Engineering Commission is pushing a
railroad to reach precious coal deposits into isol
ated reservations where the people of the Indian
-Service are into the arid plains where the men of
the Geological Survey are working into the depths
of coal shafts where the Bureau of Mines' experts
father into prairie towns where the men of the
General Land Office work into the green clad ir
rigation areas where the engineers of the Recla1
mation Service are constructing canals and ditches
into the mountains and canons and great forests
of the big trees where the rangers and fire fighters
the National Park Service climb the trails, and
to the desks and offices of the Bureau of Education,
the Pension Bureau, the Patent Office and all the
other branches and divisions of the Interior De
For the men of the service are back of the women
with their money. Thousands of dollars have been
cause has been so practical in its nature that
though the work is only just beyond the stage of
initial organization, Mrs. Lane has enough funds
in hand to endow nineteen beds in the Interior De
partment Ward of the Washington Hospital in
Every bed calls for a deposit of $600, and $200
a year outfits it with all needed garments and
linen. To tfaise funds for beds and to insure
their maintenance, the officers and employees of
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the department were asked to pledge subscriptions
of ten or twenty-five cents each to be paid every
month so long as the need fo a hospital exists.
The first letter calling for pledges went out in the
latter part of last July and the responses were so
quick, so spontaneous, that within a short time
Mrs. Lane had the assurance that the Interior De
partment ward would be fully equipped and ade
quately maintained. 1
The far flung endeavors of the Association
started a "drive" for hospital beds by the Alaskan
Engineering Commission in September and which,
before the last of the following month, resulted in
cash subscriptions aggregating $7,510.86. In the
Neuilly Hospital there will be a ward, over the
door of which will be a brass tablet bearing the
legend "Department of the Interior" and three of
the beds will be marked "Department of the In
terior, Anchorage, Alaska," and two so marked for
Nenana and one each for Seward, Turnagain Arm,
Matannuska, Talkeetna, and three for Fairbanks.
Some of the subscriptions were niade by laborers
who could not write their names. Other beds will
foe marked to designate the bureau or Interior De
partment branch which "paid for" the bed.
The Makah Indians of the Neah Bay Reserva
tion on the Pacific Coast, in Washington, sent Mrs.
Lane 50 little baskets as their contribution to Red
Cross work. About that time the Association was
considering the advisability of having a general
sale of articles such as embroidery and other fancy
work to be contributed by women in Washington,
but when the Makah Indian baskets came they
gave rise to the idea of having a sale of Indian
So the Indians of the country were notified of the
plan and were requested to send in what they
The result was a sale of Indian goods at the
tHome Club out of which $1,400 was cleared and
'the committee decided to use that money for sur
The women of the Interior Department in Wash
ington gave a Thanksgiving dinner to 100 soldier
boys and, after the dinner, a dance and reception
at the Home Club. The expenses were paid from
funds secured from volunteer contributions of In
terior Department employees in Washington and,
after all expenses had been paid, there remained
$100 which was turned over to the War Work
There is nothing of the emotional about the
work of the Association. Its activities are char
acterized by businesslike methods which give its
rooms the appearance, almost, of a commercial es
tablishment, for its organization has been effected
along strictly practical lines. The results of the
first four months of effort appear in the reports
made by Mrs. Lane which show that in Septem
ber, October, November and December there were
made, packed and shipping the following hospital
garments and articles: 348 sheets, 552 pillow
cases, 132 face and 132 bath towels, 302 suits of
pajamas, 114 suits of underwear, 108 day shirts,
56 hospital shirts, 11 bath robes and 2 pairs of
slippers. There also were knitted and shipped 216
pairs of woolen socks, 124 sweaters, 92 helmets,
49 scarfs or mufflers and 15 pairs of wristlets.
Besides the garments and other articles there
have gone across a large quantity of absorbent
cotton, a thousand yards of uncut gauze, 100 rolls
_of thrfrp-inoh bandages anjd-^JjL-Ku^^Jj^b-Jaan^-
dages. Gift .bundles for convalescents leaving the
hospital are made up by the Interior women in
which are shaving soap and brushes, tooth brushes
and powder, wash cloths, combs and brushes and
the like and the women of the Pension Bureau clip
entertaining stories, jokes, illustrations and other
matter from newspapers and magazines and paste
them in scrap books to help the sick and wounded
boys pass the time away. Of these scrap books
over a thousand have "gone across" and the proba-
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bility is there will be made up and sent over sev
eral thousand more. Puzzles, toilet soap and
handkerchiefs find their way into the big boxes
and every day develops new "first aids" to com
fort and cheer the soldiers who will be Jfortunate
enough to be sent to the Interior Department
Ward. For instance, hot water bottles now are
included among the "comfort tilings" that go to
The latest count shows that 937 Interior De
partment men are in the army and navy and nat
urally the Interior Department women have first
thoughts for them so, in addition to what is be
ing done for the Neuilly Hospital, over 200 men.
in the army and navy from the interior Depart
ent have been outfitted. During November and
December, 163 pairs of socks, 124 sweaters, 29
helmets, 55 scarfs and 106 pairs of wristers were
knitted for Interior Department men in the
Amount of Goods of All Kinds Sent Out
Sheets. Pillow Cases.
Hot Water Bottles (Metal).
Cakes Ivory Soap.
KNITTED GOODS, ETC.
Helmets. Ear Muffs.
Pairs Arctic Socka.
Yards uncut Gauze.
Yards uncut Muslin.
Lbs. Absorbent Cotton.
Dressings. Gross Safety Pins (different sizes).
MRS. FRANKLIN K. LANE,
Interior Department War Work Assn.
,JEAN STEWART TALLMAN,
Mrs. Harry Moore is improving after being on
the sick list the past few weeks.
Solomon Desjairlait has about finished his wood
deliveries for the winter.
John Hanson has been working in the (Join*
ernment logging camp at Ponemah.
Louis King and Jim Mann with "Jack of Clubs"
as swamper, made a saw crew at Camp 4 this win-*
ter. This camp employed practically all Indians,
there being eight Indian saw crews, tout, no swamp-'
er like Jack.
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