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living, to go to work to farm? Do you think the Government will
feed you and look after you forever? Will the Government not have enough now to do to look after and feed and clothe her armies and the armies of her allies? Of course, the Government will still continue to look after and feed the poor, old incapacitated Indians, who are feeble, sick, blind and unable to perform any work and who have no one to care for them and and look after them, but the Government does expect all able-bodied Indians to go to work and to raise crops and gardens and to support themselves and their families and this class of Indians should have extra food stuffs of their raising to sell. "We must all serve the nation in the role for which we are best fitted. If we cannot be soldiers in the fighting ranks, then let us be soldiers of the commissary. The Government in all of its various branches now strongly urges all persons to do increased farming, to at least raise a garden and to supply the increased demand for food stuffs. "When we stop to con sider the high cost of living at present with relation to pork, live weight $16. 50 per cwt. cattle $13.00 per cwt. live weight lambs, $15. 25 per cwt. live weight potatoes $3.00 per bushel, bacon, 45 cents per lb sugar 10 cents per lb., flour, $12. 50 per barrel andamajority of all other necessities of life in like proportion, we can readily see the great necessity for going to work, increasing our gardening and farming operations and supplying the food demand. Increased taxation of this war will be born by the white people and not by you Indians, who pay no taxes. You are the first Americans and should be the most loyal to our Government and certainly you should go to work and help increase the food supply. Certainly you should make a living for yourselves and families. "What does this all mean? It means work. It is honorable to work and we all work in one form or another, from the President of the United States, down to the lowest employee. Remember, that to suceed in any of the walks of life, one must work. Remember, also, that all things come from the earth from the soil. All of the things that you eat and wear and enjoy, come from the earth, whether it be the fruits or berries, your bread and butter, your meat and milk, your eggs and honey, your clothes, your homes and all your comforts, 9.