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THAT fine old fisher of men, John the Apostle, went straight to the masculine heart and stirred the good red blood when he said to the young men of his day, "I write unto you because you are strong." ? Strength has always been the glory of manhood. To day it is the glory of the American. America needs its strong men, and is calling them because they are strong. Men of two kinds must be reckoned with in these critical days. One kind is a burden and a drag on the Government. They fill the institutions, the prisons, and the internment camps. They must be carried as a dead weight, as impediments in America's onward course. Thank God, the other kind is far more numerous! They are the men who lift and carry their country's burdens. They exult in their strength. They take up, with glad hearts, their share of the load, and push out in front, "rejoicing as a strong man to run a race." The nation has jent its boys to war. Now it calls its men and women at home to pay the money without which the war will fail and the boys will die. It calls six and a half million men, because of their greater strength, to carry a greater share of their country's burden of life and death. The name of their special share of the patriot's burden is "Income Tax." Every unmarried man whose income in 1917 was as much as one thousand dollars and every married man whose income was two thousand dollars or more must make a report to the Government, by March 1,1918, on a printed form provided for the purpose. Inquire of any bank. WHY have we sent our boys out from our homes into the furnace of war? Why have we sent our young men, the strength, and hope, and pride of our nation, to face the fury of the Hun? Why have we urged them, to go, and cheered them as they marched away, while we stayed at home? . It is not because we wanted them to do our part, to pay our pnce, to render our allegiance. It is not because* their going would leave usTree to live in ease a?Tcomfort, pursuing our pleasure, piling up our profits. We did not ask our boys to suffer and die that we might shirk. We sent them because they could go and we could not We cheered their jgoing because we knew in our hearts that we, also, are going to give our best and our utmost, as Americans, in answer to our country's c?lL Every cheer we uttered was a.solemn pledge of our support to the boys who marched away. Our un covered heads as Old Glory passed by at the head of the regiments was the sign of our own allegiance, our own passion of love for America, and our firm purpose to pay our part of the great price of its glory. No grAidging, fault-finding complaint at the work of Congress will come from the American who would add his full strength to his country's arm, and do his part of her? glorious task. With earnest study and thorough discussion in many public hearings and long sessions through nights and days of careful preparation, the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee constructed the war revenue bill by which all the people might bear some part of their country's stupendous burden, and the strong a larger part The representatives of the people in Congress, from every district of the land, gave the bill serious and faithful consideration. It now is law,?our law. We all know it is not perfect, none know it more than those who strove to make it as good as they could. It may yet be modified and improved in some details, but whatever its final form, our only duty is to comply with its provisions, gladly performing our appointed share of America's great task ? The proudest part comes to you who are blessed with the larger incomes from America's prosperity, and who can lift a special share of your country's burden. Your ability to render this greater service to the cause of liberty is your glory as an American citizen. If ever you felt satisfaction and thanksgiving that you have such an income, you will feel it now, when it gives^you greater power for glorious service. In the usual course of business, TKE LITERARY DIGEST would have used this page in many of the leading newspapers of the nation to present its own claims upon the attention of all busy, thoughtful Amer icans; but at this serious moment, facing the supreme task of America's defense of her liberties, and her matchless service to humanity, THE LITERARY DIGEST dedicates this page to the glorious cause which thrills every American heart as we enter the New Year. All the world shall gain a new knowledge of America and Americans in this coming year. And we shall come to know ourselves as never before. We shall honor the Americans who go into the great battles of freedom. We shall cheer them, help them, pray for them ; and as we report promptly to our Government our Income Tax, and so lift a strong man's share of its burden, the glory of our country will rise in our own souls, and every day in the coming year we shall say, with a new thrill of under standing, as that .grand old patriot, Daniel Webster, said, VirnkGodHalso ~Jm anAmmm !" -\ Tlie^Kir/Digest FUNK & WAGNAILS COMPANY (PubU-m of the F???*? NEW Sumivd Dk?o?ry) New York 'Ti? a Mark of Distinction to Be a Reader of The Literary Dice?!