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THE GREATEST TRAGEDY OFTHE GREAT WAR THE PRESIDENT'S PROCLAMATION For more than three years American philanthropy has been a largo factor in keeping alive Armenian, Syrian, Greek and other exiles and refugees of Western Asia. On two former occasions I have appealed to the Ameri can people in behalf of these homeless sufferers, whom the vicissitudes of war and massacre had brought to the ex tremest need. The response has been most generous, but now the pe riod of rehabilitation is at hand. Vastly larger sums will be required to restore these once prosperous, but now im poverished, refugees to their former homes than were re quired merely to sustain life in their desert exile. It is estimated that about 4,000,000 Armenian, Syrian, Greek and other war sufferers in the near East will require outside help to sustain them through the winter. Many of them are now hundreds of miles from their homeland. The vast majority of them are helpless women and chil dren, including 400,000 orphans. The American Committee for Relief In the Near East is appealing for a minimum of 130,000,000 to be subscribed January 12-19, 1919, with which to meet the most urgent needs of these people. I, therefore, again call upon the people of the United States to make even more generous contributions than they have made heretofore to sustain through the winter months those who, through no fault of their own, have been lett in a starving, shelterless condition, and to help re-estab lish these ancient and sorely oppressed people in their for mer homes on a self-supporting basis. (Signed) WOODROW WILSON. The White House, 29 November, 1918.