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LET SENTIMENT, NOT SENTIMENTALITY, GUIDE
WOMEN IN WAR WORK
BY WINONA WILCOX
It is a pretty serious matter to at
tempt to discount the efforts that
any one is making just now on be
half of the country. But what the
country needs from its women, as
well as its men, is effort that is well
directed, not merely well intentioned.
And well-directed effort is inspired
by sentiment, not sentimentality. It
is important just now not to get the
two mixed. Sentiment goes to the
heart of things. It touches the
springs of human action. It's the
great motive force back of high hu
man endeavor. But sentimentality
is the plant that has sprung from
seed fallen "where there is not much
earth," and is soon gone.
There may be some rare cases
where marksmanship and khaki
suits can enhance a woman's service
to the country in this crisis. But
they are so rare as to negligible. In
the majority of cases the woman who
joins a rifle company or dons the
khaki is inspired, perhaps even un
known to herself, by sentimentality.
If this were an ordinary occasion it
would not matter. But this is not an
ordinary occasion. It is an occasion
when it is of supreme importance
that melodrama and stage war
should be banished from our
thoughts. War is a very real busi
ness and playing at it, though it be
well-intentioned play, is not the best
way to help.
If there were the slightest possibil
' ity of the women being asked to ren
der active military service, the situa
tion would be different.
But there is an active service wom
en can render, nevertheless. She can
help immeasurably to create true
sentiment, that deep feeling which
comes from strong conviction. Three
members of the cabinet in Washing
ton in a recent letter said that Amer
ica's greatest needs now are enthu
siasm, confidence, service, .Women.
have as much to do with meeting .j
these needs as have the men per
By her enthusiasm, by the spirit of
contidence which she feels, acts and
talks, and by the saneness and sober-
ness of her service, women can do
more, much more for America than
by "dressing the part."
FRED RUECKHEIM DENIES LACK
OF PATRIOTISM BUT,
Fred W. Rueckheim, "Cracker
Jack" manufacturer, is accused by
1st 111." hospital corps sergeants of
telling the officers they must keep
out of his factory with recruiting and
A silver-mounted picture of Gen.
von Hindenberg stood on Rueck
heim's desk while he was bawling out
the guardsmen as "a gang of beg
gers." That's the allegation of the
Kuckheim denies unpatriotic mo
tives, though he admits he simply
must keep that picture of Von Hind
enberg on his desk while he makes
"Cracker-Jack" for the American na
tion. o o
125 BURIED IN COLORADO
Hastings, Colo., April 28. Rescue '
parties today continued efforts to.
reach raging fire which holds 120.
miners imprisoned in Victor Ameri
Seven bodies had been recovered
early today and workers, handi
capped by smoke, flames and deadly
"after-damp," were slowly progress
ing, with little hope of rescuing any J
of the balance.
Around entrance to shaft most
heart-rending scenes were enacted,.
Three hundred wonen stood all night,
in a blinding snowstorm, waiting for
word from those "inside." Practical-,
ly every family in Hastings has a rep-.,
i resentative. down there. t,