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VOLUME XXXIII. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 1918.
THE HOPE OF NATIONS
A MESSAGE FROM FRANCE
Spirit of This War Pictured by French Schoolgirl
in Letter Received by John H. Finley.
'THIS letter is one of the many messages which have been received1 from the schools
lof France in response to the messages from American universities and schools,
t carried, to them by John H. Finley, Commissioner of Education and President of
the University of the State of New York. It is reproduced here and comes from a
pupil in the Lycee Victor Durny in Paris, which he visited last May, and there heard
the, pupils singing "The Star Spangled Banner" in French and crying in chorus,
"Vive 1' Amerique." It is doubted if there has been a more graphic or poetc ex
pression of that which separates the men in the opposing trenches or of that which
brings America and France together.
" It was only a little river, almost a brook ; it was called the
Y7ser. One could talk from one side to the other without raising
one's voice, and the birds could fly over it with one sweep of their
wings. And on the two banks the rt were millions of men, the one
turned toward the other, eye to eye. But the distance which sepa
rated them was greater than the stars in the sky ; it was the distance
-which separates right from injustice.
" The ocean is so vast that the sea gulls do not dare to cross it.
During seven days and seven nights the great steamships of America,
~o ing at full speed, drive through the deep waters before the light
nouses5 of France come into view ; but from one side to the other
hearts are touching."
SThe Great American- Dollar
Has a Great American- Heart
WILLIAM GERARD CHAPMAN.
I AM the Great Amertran lDollar. Ilutiti'(lte i''ttitilt igtg ig fS to lilmdb ierlt
was borni or Tot l and Sweiat and1li l i )0p,~it e n )lms t lil~wrthfgIr ~li e (O
siedb red at iEit'byo' ''ci.'lumaniars aIedt cEindeatvor.'ii. Trteas-trcu' but s. Ali nte
u red andt trin ed by TLhrai ft, I grew i ed t beo itseIltI 1- y ifO'ie0t u i i Jtus ii oo
for iiiy inalsters' the dutlles of ai willing tfm mses t letn h ultf (i it iui i e luii ae i
servani~t. Alprentlced to Ir.iutstry, I i tu i'l i a r olty W I t io lt'atliir.u ue vong
earnetd wages t ha t repa id my13 Spona5( Isoris it y I tii f iiIhy S'iIfl't id iti ii i iii(fIlegisy ltr
for thtelr ('are anld seir de'nlI. 'They Wi'e Ile~i!t' i 'i~li!stf i i- rt i i'lt
loveLd iintnot for moyself railone, btt elt ee t o~ IIee 13 i i- ~ it~p~ il'Vi, Ili! it
goodi, for' by ttIeles labor' I smtootlied hi 'Ii oIiS ~iei1 i 1t tilI'11 ~ilil5 wIiis ~ e tfso
thte pathis of theIr lIves and- the fruIts ltf11( i~ll~ t'l'~l lt iiitf l( aia riibun iilt lhs i
A Sudden AwOkn lg.f IN
in lSiPing timc* of eae I grew selfi ictureh Itn S choot g il
coplcent, a, rgettl' the Spar-e ei o ne
tan cHI racer of my upbringIng, he- ag e wich hav ben rectived fo the iools
enme more and ci the sin e tJ Lu t e e liat f er, and hoot,
ury. Tohen stddenl the an awahken- Comoteone tt Euation and thosent ot
ing. The forces of (ood entered into Nw o k l is be line here ad sft ou a
confilt with the I-egtons of Evil, anduiny iPas hic h f iste ys Alay, and there heart
battle raged up ggo "th. The oner bring tateroi blooc wrd cyn it chorus,
pression of th rat wh i n s e r ter the reat i thte o po ight ce r o t
bghtirnsh, and e.n anca andl lars toge
"It was on gera lwheived, fo amsth ainoo;sttayclldh
Yser One couldftmy frmtrb on ie day the otal r wihutrisn
one svoice and heabrds byul thmfnly ohe it met tonesepohi
whA -_ -- AI . - t If r ofc m aso at
an oe of inspel hbl pa i
7I.'' 7 ! ~
What does it mean to you to know that your Ane-rican Red
Is supporting 50,000 French children.
Sends supplies to 3,423 French military hospitals.
Provides 2,000 French hospitals with surgical dressings.
Is operating thirty canteens at the front line.
Is operating six other canteens at French railvay 3u 1on1s, serving
30,000 French soldiers a day.
Operates a movable hospi tal in four units, accomd - 1,0 men.
Is operating a childr n' fuge in one art Cf f war :a::: aC Ar. an
other a medical center, a.d traveljing riLmry, he h 2a: 0 cmmo
dating more than 2,000 cil
Has openced a long e.< of ..ehL e; stovcked w th hs sopiies,
food, soldiers' comforts, tobacco, [_skets, c., all the wy from the seaboard
to the Swiss frontier.
Has warehouse capacity for 100,000 tons.
Has 400 motor cars and operates 7 garages, making all repairs.
Had shipped 46 freigh' car loads of assorted supplies to Italy from
Fra'ince within two weeks after it began operating in the former country.
Had a battery of motor ambulances af the Piave front four da\ s after
the United States declared war on Austria.
Started a thousand different activities in Italy at the time that nation
was in its most critical condition.
Has established :5 hospitals ii England and operates a workshop for
hospital supplies employing 2,000 women.
And that 120,000 eases of supplies have been received at the Paris Lead
quarters of the American Rd Cros" from various chLapters scattered through
out the United States.
What does all this 'ean to you? And that is but r fraction
of the work your R1 Cross has done, and is doing. It means
that without this ce sd work of the American Red
Cross we could never wi fius wvair.
Without your Red Cross quick, vital help to keep Italy in
the fight for Liberty would not have been possible.
Without your Red Cross thousands of French soldiers now
gallantly fighting for you at the front would have died of wounds,
exposure and lack of food.
And great and wonder'ful as has been the work of the
American Red Cross in the past, sti!!i greater an~d more wonderful
must it be in the future-.-for now your boy is in the fight.
Your Red Cross cannot neglect France, England, Italy, Ser
bia, Roumania and little Belgium, it must give them all constantly
increasing help, for th men of these countries have been fighting
But now we must redouble our efforts and sacrifices for
our Red Cross because a milion mothers' sons are going to carry
the stars and stripes to W e gr eatest victory God has ever given to
men fighting for honor' and liberty.
With the help of ycu: P ad Cross your boy will win.
Contributed to thec Red Cross by