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THE WASHINGTON STANDARD, OLYMPIA, WASH., FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 1918.
RED CROSS ACTIVITIES
MISS LOUISE AVER,
Secretary Olympla Chapter.
The question is frequently asked,
and with much show of reason, why
the work of relief performed by the
Red Cross is not done by the govern
ment. Mr. Davison recently ex
plained very fully why It is not.
In the first place, he says, it was
tried and found not to be practicable.
The work of the Red Cross is largely
emergency work and the machinery
of the government docs not move
swiftly enough to perform it. The
Red Cross cuts red tape mercilessly
and gets the thing done. The very
fact that it is a voluntary association
and that its members are not work
ing for profit gives the people con
fidence in it BO that it can proceed
without the cumbersome system re
quired of government action.
And then there is the expense.
Think what it costs to collect taxes
and compare that with the Red Cross
war drive, where every dollar col
lected went to relieve suffering.
There are expenses attached to Buch
a drive, of course, but they are paid
by those who are able to do so, and
not out of your subscriptions; and
the requirements are infinitesimal
compared with the government's pon
But most Important of all is the
spirit aroused and nourished by the
opportunity to give without compul
sion. Humanity naturally wishes to
be fair and generous, but it just as
naturally doesn't want to be bilked.
The war has aroused all the latent
generosity in our souls and the Red
Cross gives it a chance to act.
And last but not least, consider
what our government has on its
hands to do Just now, and be thank
ful that this huge burden of relief
work is not added thereto. This
splendid Red Cross, with its able,
disinterested heads and its millions
of eager assistants, is not a burden,
but an opportunity, not only does it
relieve suffering but it gives a safe
and useful outlet to the emotions.
Letters From "Over There."
The letters of our boys ir Prance
are' full of Interest notwithstanding
the censor. One speaks of being in
London and on a dark, unlighted
evening standing at a railway sta
tion to see the wounded come in
from the battlefields. Some on
crutches, some blind, many so
wrapped in bandages as to be almost
invisible, but every one of them
Another, whose service requires
him to travel extensively about the
country, sends a word of cheer. He
says things look better over there
than we think at home; that we
would be amazed at the tremendous
preparations our government has
made. Many praise the Red Cross
and the Y. M. p. A. The latter asso
ciation certainly runs us a close sec
ond. While not so broad In its pur
poses. within its lines of Bervice it is
When the Red Cross finds another
society at work in the devastated re
gions of Prance, it promptly co
operates with it. Por Instance it
found the Society of English and
American Priends (Quakers) putting
up little cottages, sending in farm
machinery, providing chickens and
rabbits, to give the poor penniless
people a chance. The Red Cross im
mediately oifered its help and now
the two gioups of workers are acting
together to restore these villages.
The French people think us very
practical because, as soon as possible,
we try to make the despoiled people
self-supporting. With a roof over
their heads, a few household utensils,
some chickens and other stock, these
thrifty French families quickly re
cover their hold on life.
PlMoant Glade Makes Record.
One of our newest auxiliaries,
Pleasant Glade, organized a month
ago with 14 members, deserves spe
cial mention for the astonishing
amount of work it is turning out.
They discovered sphagnum moss in
their vicinity; the men gathered it,
the women picked it over and sewed
it into surgical pads, and 250 of
these have been completed. Besides
it has made TO hospital garments and
8 refugee garments. It is planning
to send birthday gifts to each of Its
12 soldier boys. Isn't that "going
Surgical dressings! That is where
Thurston County Chapter must speed
up. Your secretary recently visited
a small chapter east ot the moun
tains and found them far outstrip
ping us in this branch. Many of the
women there pledge themselves to
cut a bolt of gauze a week. The
rooms are kept open every day. Ex
cuses for non-attendance meet with
The following verse was published
Speed l'p Dressings!
in the Southern Woman's Magazine:
Interminable folds of gauze
For those whom we shall never see.
Remember, when your Angers pause,
That every drop of blood to stain
This whiteness falls for you and me.
Part of the price that keeps UB free
To serve our own, that keeps us clean
Prom shame that other women know.
Oh saviors we have never seen,
Forgive us that we are so slow!
God—if that blood should cry in vain
And we have let our moment go!
Articles Not Needed.
Notice: We are requested by na
tional headquarters to make no more
of the following articles:
Hot water bottle covers.
Ice bag covers.
Knitted wash cloths.
Watch Out for Insurance.
Do you know of any boy in the
army or navy who has not taken out
Insurance? If so, either attend to
It yourself or notify the Red Cross.
The time for securing such insur
ance has been extended to April 12.
This insurance means everything to
the soldier, for there is to be no pen
sion system such as attached to pre
vious wars. Now a soldier can take
out a policy for SIO,OOO. His pre
miums will be deducted from his
pay. If he is permanently injured
he will receive a stated sum every
month so long as he lives. If he
survives without disability, he can
continue the policy to his own ad
vantage. If he loses his life the in
surance is paid to his beneficiary—
parent, wife, or child, whose welfare
Is of more consequence to him than
What the Boys Think.
A soldier writes from Prance:
"I've sure got to hand it to those
men with the Red Cross on their
arms. They all worked like dogs in
that hell out there. They seemed
to have but one idea—to do their
duty—and apparently cared nothing
for their own lives while doing it."
That this is true is proved by the
fact that the names of a certain
number of men who wear the Red
Crosß appear on the casualty lists.
Our boys may and do love the
French, but they don't love their
tobacco. One writes: "Their to
bacco Is all right till you smoke it,
and then there's a case for the Red
Soldiers and the Red Cross.
Private Peat in the March Red
Cross Magazine says:
"To us, the soldiers who have
been 'there,' to those of us who have
suffered and who know, one of the
basest calumnies which the German
propagandist scatters abroad is the
slurs againstr the Red Cross.
"On the battlefield we do not ac
tively think of the organisation as
the Red Crosß. To us it is but a
branch of the army—the Army Medi
cal Corps, the R. A. M. C. But we
know full well that the Red Cross Is
working through them, that the one
Insignia Is the honor bar of all."
He was wounded and saved bis
life by using the emergency dress
ing which is placed in every soldier's
kit. He says: "What if the supply
of emergency dressings had given
out before reaching mef If all the
Red Cross workers who handle sur
gical dressings could realise even to
half tbe extent, the importance, the
vital importance of their work, there
would be three women to each Job
where there is only one now. Ton
may save the life of your own son,
husband, brother, or sweetheart, by
commencing to work for the Red
Cross within the next hour."
With such facts before us It is a
great comfort to know that the
Thurston county chapter is making
rapid strides in surgical dressings.
Last Thursday evening, the first of
the business women's nights, 28
women were working. Three thou
sand dressings were made last week.
The Tacoma chapter has a unique
little scheme of helpfulness all Its
own. A number of women go down
to the hostess house in the afternoon
at their own expense and darn socks
for the soldiers. Their only stipu
lation is that the socks shall be clean
—they do the rest.
It is announced that a Red Cross
house soon will be constructed in
each of the army and navy training
camps. It is intended primarily to
be a lounge and rest haven for con
valescent soldiers. It will also be
an administration center for the
field director of the Red Cross, an
emergency lodging for summoned
relatives of those soldiers who are
dangerously ill, and for Red Cross
nurses and staffs.
The American Red Cross now has
22,000,000 members, 800,000 of
whom are in the Northwestern divi-j
sion. Isn't that a powerful army? I
It is not unfitting that Thurston
county chapter should express sorrow
for the death of Judge George E.
Morris of the supreme court.
From the beginning of the great
catastrophe, Judge Mcrris' interest
in our war work was intense and
practical. Until the last few days of
his illness, on every week-end and
holiday he and Mrs. Morris enter
tained from two to six soldierß from
Camp Lewis. He said:
"I don't want officers and 'attract
ive* men. I want just plain ordinary
boys who need some home life."
His admiration of the cleverness
with which Mrs. Morris performed
her many Red Cross duties was a
pleasant thing to see. And up to
within a fortnight of his death, when
in constant pain, he bravely refused
to permit her to entirely abandon her
work for suffering humanity across
the seas. A good man, a just judge,
a patriotic citizen!
If you had happened Into head
quarters one day recently you might
have seen a homely yet beautiful
sight—lo bath robes for Invalid sol
diers, perfectly made by Miss Joseph
ine Smiht and Mrs. R. E. Braun.
Three of them were made by Miss
Smith in 10 hours. No mere man can
appreciate that feat, but you women
can, especially those who are doing
Red Cross sewing and know the nice
ty required. These two patriotic la
dies make three-fourths of all the
bath robes manufactured by the chap
The.Junior Redd Cross is at last
well under way. Prof. C. E. Beach is
chairman, with supreme countrol
He has appointed Mrs. Ada J. Lewis
director of work and Mr. S. E. Mow
ell treasurer. Miss Lillian Grube
will have special charge of the high
school sewing. With this admirable
organization the Junior Red Cross
will become what it should be —the
foundation for every species of hu
manitarian work in Thurston county.
All Yanks In Trenches Carry Red
Cross Comfort Kit.
Every American woman who has
helped to pack a Red Cross comfort
kit for our boys "over there" will be
Interested in a cablegram received
at the national headquarters of the
American Red Cross from Major
James H. Perkins, American Red
Cross commissioner to Europe.
It is as follows:
"Every American aoldier now en
tering the trenches carries an Amer
ican Red Cross comfort kit contain
ing towel, shirt, writing paper, pen
cil, soap, handkerchief, socks, mir
ror end tobacco. The number of kits
cannot be stated, but the fact that
every soldier has one means that the
work done by American women is a
big comfort to the soldiers now on
the firing line. This fact should be
a solace to tbe American women
who have made them as well at to
the soldiers. More kits wanted with
socks and tobacco."
The campaign to raise a second
9100,000,000 has been announced by
the American Red Cross for the week
beginning May 20. To date nearly
$90,000,000 has been appropriated
for war relief work.
NAMES "WAR SAVINGS DAT."
Governor Bete Aside Next Wednes
day for Special Obesrvance.
Next Wednesday, March 20, has
been designated by Governor Lister
as "War Savings Day," and he urges
that "all of our people purchase at
least one war savings stamp on that
The proclamation sets forth that
this is one way in which all of the
people can help the government in a
substantial manner, and that all
should invest to the full degree of
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