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The Starkville news. (Starkville, Miss.) 1902-1960, November 08, 1918, Image 3

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They’ve been fighting for their
homes since 1914!
Why you should give
twice as much as you
ever gave beforel
THE need is for a sum 70% greater
than any gift ever asked for since
the war began. The Government has
fixed this sum at $170,500,000.
By giving to these seven otj;anizationß
all at once, the cost and effort of six
additional campaigns is saved.
Unless Americans do give twice as
much as ever before, our soldiers and
sailors may not enjoy during 1919 their
3600 Recreation Buildings
1000 Miles of Movie Film
100 Leading Stage Stars
2000 Athletic Directors
2500 Libraries supplying 5,000,000b00ks
B 5 Hostess Houses
15,000 Big-brother “secretaries”
Millions of dollars of home comforts
When you give double, you make sure
that every fighter has the cheer and com
forts of these seven organizations every
step of the way from home to the front
and back again. You provide him with
a church, a theatre, a cheerful home, a
stcre, a school, a club and an a iletic field
—and a knowledge that the lolks back
home are with him, heart am soul!
You have loaned your money to supply
their physical needs.
Now give to maintain the Morale that
Is winning the warl
I ThU Space Contributed by The Starkville New*.
THE STARKVILLE NEWS, STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI.
THOSE gallant men who wear horizon blue, those bronzed
poilus who are entering upon their fifth winter of this war
—they are the men who know the sheer luxury of a cup
of hot soup, a piece of bread, a stove to sit by, and a word of cheer.
Think of a nation where every able-bodied man of less than
fifty has been under arms for four long years and more. Think
or a nation which has suffered as has France. Then you will
know what the huts are meaning to the French, and what the
huts are meaning to our fighters over there.
It was requested by the Government of Franco, officially,
that American maintenance of morale be extended to the armies
of the French. Cheerfully it was undertaken, in simple justice
for our splendid debt of gratitude.
And so you see these huts today, hundreds of them; where
French and Americans stand side by side, holding out a hand
of friendship to the war-worn, grizzled men whose fighting spirit
is an inspiration to our Yanks. Foyer du Soldat they call
the hut hearth of the soldier —the nearest approach home up
on the roads to battle.
The support and comfort of your Foyers, ” says Generali
Mangin, has been and will continue to be a tremendous phys-1
ical comfort and moral support, and has given the soldiers that!
feeling of home which has been so much lacking.”
“Your Foyers ,” says Clemenceau, “constantly established]
in increasing numbers, as great at the front as in the rear, has!
rendered to our soldiers most highly appreciated service. Thanks I
to your efforts, our children have found in your midst a centerl
of distraction and comfort”
United in this war for freedom, our fighters stand beside
the soldiers of France. United in this campaign for morale, 1
these seven organizations come to you as one. France’s fight
is our fight Unity of command is winning on the battlefields
abroad. Unity is hastening victory through morale. Give hr
morale, give for unity, give for victory I
Helping to Keep Up the Morale
of Fighting Millions Unite in
Campaign for $170,500,000.
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With millions of American men onj
war fronts, In training camps and on,
the seas and with thousands of Araerl-i
cun women on foreign soil, all engaged
In the stupendous task of making the
w orld safe for democracy, a great duty
devolves upon those who remain In
the United States,—the duty of send
ing Homo to those who have put Home
behind them for the period of the war.
The agencies through which this can
be accomplished are Joined In the'.
United War Work Campaign. j
From being given the cigarette orl
chocolate bar, with which he stays his,
hunger In the fury of battle, to the;
theatrical entertainment or the
letlc games, which relax him Into nor-j
mal comfort after weeks of terrific,
combat, the American fighter Is de-l
pendent upon the continued efforts of;
the Y. M. C. A., the Y. W. C. A., the.
National Catholic War Council and K.,
of 0„ the War Camp Community Serv
ice, the Jewish Welfare Board, the'
American Library Association and the!
Salvation Army. To carry on Ihlfii
work the combined welfare organism-!
Hons are seeking a fund of $1.70,500,-1
000. 1
The.Y. M. C. A. provides >SBB huts In
American training camps and more
than 800 in the war zone as centres
which the fighters can use as clubs,
schools, theatres, stores, churches, 11-;
hrarles and writing rooms, More than.
7.000 men and women had been sentl
overseas or approved for overseas
W'ork by early autumn and 8,822 were
serving In American camps at home.
Y. M. C. A. huts are the canteens of'
the American Expeditionary Force and
ire the theatres where the American,
•ntertainera, sent over by the “Y," ap
pear. Noted American public men and’.
Mergymen speak in the huts. Classes!
are conducted there. Millions of letters!
are written there on paper provided!
free by the “Y.” Physical directors ofi
the “Y” teach and spread mass ath
letics, using material furnished free,
by the organization. ,
The Y. W. C. A. does similar work!
for the thousands of American women
In war work overseas—signal corpsj
telephone operators, nurses and
French munition workers. It provides
cafeterias, rest and recreation centres, I
entertainment and reading for these |
women and girls.
The Y. W. C. A.’s outstanding con-1
trlbution to soldier welfare work In,
training camps was the establishment.'
of Hostess Houses, where the soldier;
or sailor may receive his mother, wife,
sister or sweetheart in the surround--
lugs ami atmosphere of the best,
homes.
The National Catholic War Council
co-ordinates all Catholic welfare work,
In support of the government and;
through the K. of C. provides club
houses for our fighters In all Araerl-,
can training-camps, as well as having,
seventy-five centres In France and!
three in England. In their huts the'
K. of C. provides ontertainingment,
movies, boxing bouts, educational!
work, religious services, free station
ery, reading matter and writing rooms.
In France their rolling canteen ac-!
companies the American army, their'
secretaries march with the troops, giv
ing away cigarettes, cookies, choco
lates. soap and towels.
The K, of C. had 300 workers In
France at the beginning of autumn,
with 450 more passed by the govern
ment and 200 olhers signed up. Atj
the same date they had (OS secretaries
In American training camps, 150 build
ings, fifty-six more in the course of
erection and contracts let for fifty
more.
War Camp Community Service,
functions exclusively In America, its
special mission being to "surround the
camps with hospitality." in place of
leaving the soldier or sailor to the
promiscuous companions and diver
sions formerly his lot, the organiza
tion obtains for him the best to be had
In communities adjoining camps on
through which ho passes.
W. C. C. S. obtains for him Invlta-j
tlons to dine, halhe or spend the day
lit the best homes. It introduces lit mi
to the best women and girls at social
gatherings, church entertainments,
theatre parties. It arouses communi
ties to provide concerts, athletic con-j
tests and other wholesome diversions)
for the soldier, and to drive out or
discourage (lie vicious elements which,
have been historic camp followers.
The Jewish Welfare Board is corre
lating Hie strength and purposes of
100.000 Jewish soldiers, sailors and,
marines with that of (he Gentile sol
diers. The board teaches the English!
language, American civics and ideals,
to thousands of young Jewish men)
who were inducted Into service after!
only a few years’ residence In tills, 1
country. While safeguarding bis re- 1
llglons rites, die board assists In the
process of welding the Jewish soldier;
Into Hie solid American unit and In'
bridging over the differences between;
him ami the others.
The American Library Association Is
providing reading matter for every
American soldier, sailor, marine and
prisoner of war. In addition to gath
ering and forwarding three million

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