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The Overseas Critidsm of the Y. H. C. A.
Some Statements Submitted to Aid in a Better Under standing of All the Circumstances Boise Campaign A Boise Proposition Statement by Campaign Director E. L. Mogge. I have been connected with Y. M. C. A. work for 27 years. 1 did not have the privilege of serving overseas, but I did have a real share In raising over a half million dollars over here for the welfare work among enlisted men in this country and overseas. 1 have accepted responsibility as campaign director, for the securing of $165,000 in Boise to provide an ade quate building for the work of the Y. M. C. A. in Boise. Our workers report hearing much criticism against the Y. M. C. A. on account of Its overseas war service. In telligent men and women of Boise re fuse to assist this movement for a new home here In their own home city be cause of criticism about Y. V M. C. A. work in Europe. 1 have talked with returned soldiers and Y. M. C. A. workers. 1 have read various reports and Investigated crlti clsms as best 1 could. 1 am willing to admit that some of the criticism is well founded but 1 am also convinced that much of it is exaggeration and hearsay. I know many of thr rpturnud sol<li«rs sav th™Y™conducted is canteen serv! conauctea its canteen serv Ice as a profiteer/ but I also know that the war department, after rigid in financial loss. ___ Ho,.or. Y' uml- r/with inborn V "°J : ra ihcom vestlgation, says the service was con ducted at a financial loss. I know some ■the overseas uetence and mismanagement. 1 also know that over 7t)tm workers were sent overseas for nil types of service and some were sent hack for Incom petence and lack of moral stamina. fji.vei'al were arrested for misappro priation 01 funds and supplies. But I fllibmli that the incompetents and wrong-doers were a very small number! indeed in comparison with the thou sands who delivered satisfactorily. No system of hurriedly recruiting the U.igv number of men needed to keep up with millions of enlisted mm being lvuhni overseas could be absolutely airtight. Of course many were inex perienced and the emergency of the call left no time for satisfactory train that the "Y" did so well un le circumstances, and every , , , . ... Ing and the men had to be outside the wondèv on! del' all the fair-minded person must consider the circumstances. 1 am Well satisfied ! that there were many faUhful. com-I petent workers in 5. M. C. A. service | ^ T , , ,, . Ross Jackson of Boise., , Rhodes of Portland. 1 know most of the criticisms center about the canteen service which was ■ first conducted by the army. Eater. ! In order to release hundreds of men for other army service, General Per shlng requested the Y. M. C. A. to take j over the responsibility for handling the criticism uf'the Y^M 'c"T" hut ' the ' YM. C A was In France not to cs • V.'i ' . K *4 J not to «R I cape criticism but to render service and help win the war. The Y. M. C. A. pa- I triotically took over the canteen sys- ; tem. I 1 know the mammoth canteen service ! conducted bv the Y. M. ('. A., and oversells—men like Wlllsie Martin. Harry Chase E. E. Breckenridge of Twin Falls, Ivan thrust upon it overnight, required the mercantile experience a dozen Wan amakers, and there is no doubt some men on this job were lacking in execu tive ability, although possessing good intentions. Hud the Y. M. C. A. not taken over > the canteen, it would have escaped ' most of the hitter criticism made' against it. The minute the Y. M. C. A. became shopkeeper to the army it made a bid for unpopularity and it was hu- ; manly impossible to meet all of the million requests made at all places and at all hours by the millions of our sol- j dier and sailor lads—many of whom no doubt thoughtlessly panned the "Y" . when the "Y" was compelled by cir 1 cumstances to disappoint them "Y" attempted so much and accom plished so much the boys simply ex- ; pected 100 per cent efficiency and they; expected too much, for the army itself, controlling all available resources, The ' Tbc I could not deliver 100 per cent. I make no defense for the shortcom ings of the overseas service—we all regret It BUT IS THERE ANY PER SON IN BOISE, CONNECTED WITH THE Y. M. C. A. OR ITS CAMPAIGN I TO BLAME OP. TO BE HELD AN SWERABLE FOR THE SHORTCOM- ! I NCÎS OF THE OVERSEAS SERV- j ICE'* J „1 i I t, a S i fh er eCn . ch ^ rBe ? that ( D,ok Randall, the popular local secretary, was Incompetent or failing to deliver the goods in Boise? Are the Boise Y. M. C. A. Board jf Directors— C. C. Anderson. C. A. Bar ton, R. M. Davidson. Judge K. S. Die trich, Laurel Elam, W. E. Graham, F. I. NewhouBC. W. N. Northrop, Dr. R. E. Nourse, Dr. J. M. Taylor, or C. H. White—to blame for the overseas trouble? If no one in Boise is to blame for the overseas criticism of the "Y'' —IT this is a HOME proposition—if this Is fori Bolse, handled by Boise men whom everybody knows and have confidence ln, why use the overseas' criticism as a reason for not contributing to a new Y. M. C. A. building in Boise? • If the local Y. M. C. A. Is unworthy, Ujen It should be closed or made wor ttfy of support. If It Is rendering com petent service to the community, It should >be kept running efficiently and provided with proper and adequate fa cilities. The people of Boise are not asked to subscribe to a name—they are asked to give to a living, vital thing, that means a chance, a square deal, an op portunlty to the boys of the Boise homes. Jews, Catholics and Protestant to Ui?"y d£ Un c A* n me l mbs«hln Drlvnî „ ... ,. TO pto& £ïï wel" P bit Uy Iùch a dis tancera rgu ment as som* fall distance argument as some fail ure« of the "Y** overseas for not giving to the' borne "Y"? Think well before you injure you own home town institu tion and Its commendable ambition to extond Its usefulness to a thousand more boys and young men who are the very best asset of Boise. tt is not true that the Army Y. M. O. A. profited by the operation of can teens overseas. In the terms of Bulletin No. 33 from General Pershing's Head quarters, it was provided that if there were any profit derived from the can tcenH ' the Army Y. M. I'. A. would use It exclusively for the benefit of the men bl " lc arm >- . The discrepancy between the quartermaster prices and Army ' ■ M ' c - A - * jrl ces " as investigated by the War Department. The investigation Proved they had lost thousands of dollars and that no profit was made, Statement of Raymond B. Fosdik, Chairman of War Department Commission on Training Camp Activities, a , Raymond B. Fosdik, Chairman of the Commission on Training Camp Ac tivities ' ^turning from an investigation of auxiliary agencies in Europe, WH8 quoted by the New York Times as saying: ., T , ,, J 6 a«JL.?v »V a -A e . _v . °PP°ftunity to remove a misapprehension about Army Y. M. C. A. Authorized to Operate Canteen. After several conferences at General Pershing's Headquarters during the summer of 1917, It was agreed that the Army "Y" shculd take full charge of the canteen service, including the purchase of stock in America, in Great Britain, in France, and In the neutral countries of Europe. Bulletin No. 33, issued by General Pershing's chief of staff, stated that all goods were to be sold at "Y" centers at purchase cost price, plus cost of trans portation, with a slight margin added to cover goods lost In transit. The order also provided that the canteens were to be operated by the "Y" as an agent acting under the general direction of the respective army officers and the plan was designed to release enlisted men for direct military service. The colossal task of operating the canteen was undertaken by the Army Y. M. C. A. with full knowledge of the inevitable criticism which would follow. SOME QUESTIONS Question No. 1. Is it true that the Army Y. M. C. A. has been profiting by the operation of the canteens overseas? ieiiovvs uDroan, nut with the people back home, and that is that the Army )' . ,s ma,t *ng money out of the canteens which it is operating for the f" rces - At General Pershing's request I went into this matter thoroughlv and the report is absolutely without foundation. 1 mention this matter oniv because mention this matter only because m organization which is doing heroic l b , e . Arm* V >1. (. A. which has gained considerable ground not only with our v ^"1 i. and that is that the Army he widespread rumor'is'most"unfair"to"c service." _ HOW "GIFT TOBACCO" WAS SOLD. Question No. 2. Is it true that gift tobacco was sold at Army Y. M. C. A. canteens overseas? master concerned ha. also investigated the master and fully exon.r.tes the Army Y. M. C. A. ° History of an Incident in Which Army Y. M. C. A. Sold Gift Tobacco. It is true that In a few cases gift tobacco was sold at Army Y. M. C. A. canteens, and the circumstances are these: The New York Hun, the Chicago Tribune, and possibly other parties, shipped tobacco to France in care of the Quartermaster, with the Intention of having it distributed free to soldiers. Some portions of this tobacco, because eases were not sufficiently marked, were sold to the Army Y. M. C. A. by the Quartermaster and retailed in certain Army Y. M. A. canteens to soldiers at the price paid the Quartermaster. Eater, when soldiers came to open these parcels, they found in them evidence that they had been intended for free distribution. In evrv case where these were returned to the Army Y. M. C. A. it furnished free an equivalent amount 0 f tobacco from its own supplies. The New- York Sun had investigated several c i f .i.i!_ k . 1 J n i? nd . fou, ? d th f. fa . ctl ! '.V be as stated above. The Quarter On October 14th W. E. Stewart. Acting Divisional Secretary purchased Piedmont cigarettes "16" from the Third Division Hales Commissary', 'em open ,n & these it was found that each carton contained a postcard addressed bv some individual or firm In the United States indicating that the Part icu far efrton r °' P erson whom addressed and apparently intended for tree idistribution. The cases containing these cigarettes bore no marks to indicate the nature of the contents. Mr. Stewart reported the mutter to the Third Division Sales Commissary and to the Y. M. C. A. of the Fifth Region. In response to this report Air. Stewart received the following letter: FROM: C. O., Sales Commissary Unit No. 4 A P O 740 A E F TO; y. M c ^ 3rd Divislon . P ,, 740 , P ' ' . " U1Vlslou ' A - O. 740, A. E. 1. ' 'JEU j . Dift l Igaiettes. • 'u Throu , Kh ;,n er ' or of . tho S "1'P 1 V ^epot at Gievres, this commissary re ce | ved . aov ? r «> «»ses " r IMedmont cigarettes, each carton of which contained a return post card stating that these cigarettes were a gift from 'The New York y un Tobacco Fund." 2. These cigarettes were sold you in case lots before this was discovered, there being no marks on the eases to indicate that this was gift tobacco. This ™ ;l . u , e „ r bp, f' K l :', ben .V'' by I' 11 " commissary with the Supply Depot at Gievres, and ln a " Probability these cigarettes will be replaced. (Signed) I'. 1>. HAFFEEY. First LI., Q. M. C. U. H. A., Quartermaster." y October 23. '18. NO "BOMB-PROOF" JOBS FOR ARMY "Y" WORKERS. Question No. 3. Is it true that the Army "Y" workers overseas did not go > . .. __. . -j j - ' to tbe front lmos but P er8,stent, y dod 0 ed The best answer to this question is that since the Army "Y" went-overseas to serve ihe American Expeditionary Force, nine of its workera have been killed by shell fire while on duty and twenty-nine were seriously gassed or ; wounded. In addition to this thirty-one have died in the service chiefly as a result of exposure and overwork. It might also he of Interest to add that ten have been cited for bravery or decorated. In the Argonne fight there were j seven hundred "Y" secretaries, fifty of whom were women canteen workers |attached to the different fighting units. All of these workers remained in thé . danger zone and frequently under shell fire during the entire offensive, 1 ; Considering the fact that many Army Y. M. C. A. workers continued at their posts for eighteen hours at a stretch, sometimes without meals, it would ,be but natural that a few might have lost their self-control and have manl tested a wrong disposition: hut we are glad to believe, in the light of the great mass of testimony, that this has not been the characteristic attitude of the vast majority of the workers. ' ■ Qyestion No - 4 - • •« i4 true that some of the overseas secretaries have been I impatient in their dealings with the soldiers? ««ries nave neen AVOIDED DUPLICATION OF EFFORT. I Question No. 5. .Is it true that th# Army Y. M. C. A. has failsd to keen in touch with tho wounded and ill? P m ! . . , . . , ,, j „„„„L"""''i dupbc ^ tl ?. n of pf f" rt overseas, an agreement was J reached between the American Red Cross and the Army Y. M. C. A. This I Provided that the American Red Cross should concern Itself w ith the care of 4he wounded and ill; the Army Y. M. C. A. and kindred organi" allons with the well. Therefore under the agreement opportunities for servie* to the wounded and sick were limited. " 4ne WHAT THE "Y" DID TO 8ERVE MEN IN 8ERVICE. The "Y" has provided more than 1900 huts, tents and buildings of various designs in the war zone and nearly 600 In the Army and Navy camps ln the United States. The "Y" hut is the soldiers' and sailors' church. No effort Is made to force religion on any man, because no effort is necessary. The boys have welcomed !^/ided'" aHd haVe been ea,fer l ° ° CCePt milliorta of Scrll,tures and b °° kl «'® | , . , . Clubs, hotels, restaurants and rest areas have been provided. Entertain ment facilities at leave resorts have been provided for more than 70,000 men ! every wcek ,n France. 1 Libraries are maintained, ln nearly all the Army Y. M. C. A. huts ln coop ^ eration with the American Library Association. I Writing material is furnished free to the fighting forces wherever they "»ay happen to be. Athletics under the direction of the world's most noted athletes are pro vided for the men off duty. Equipment is furnished free. million cigarettes and 50,000 pounds of cocoa to be sold :it'Q~iiar fermas ter's • prices were provided in the "Y" canteens. Other necessities in like portion ] were provided during the same month. In the last three months of 1918 sales 'at LESS THAN COST ln "Y" canteens exceeded $6,000,000 a month The deficit Hundreds of tons of supplies have been shipped from this country for the boys over there. In one month—December. 1918—900,000 packages of biscuits, 1,650,000 pounds of chocolate, 90,000 cakes of soap, three million cigars seventy sustained by the *'Y" on these sales since August 1, 191*, is ut the rate of between two and three millions of dollars, annually. This deficit will be paid j out of the contributions to the Army Y. M. C. A. I Fighting men overseas send home fnore than $$,000,000 each month through t bankin,t and pos T cedepartment ; t f* rv r *• free - The world's leading educators are assisting the "Y" in setting up an ex '- 8 1 1 ir fe edUCaUOnal ^ M ' Urn t0 the dUt ' CS The "Y" is co-operating with the government) In activities incident to de mobilisation and reconstruction. Miles of motion pictures and theatrical entertainments by famous stage stars are provided under the direction of the "Y. ' In a single month October, the "Y" was giving 6088 shows abroad. The long arm of the Army Y. M. C. A. reaches all of the way with the 1 boy—from the time he leaves home until he returns. g n the troop trains. Boise Bankers Desire Complete success for Y. M. C. A. Campaign Chairman C. A. Barton and the executive committee of the $165,000 Y. M. C. A. campaign have received the following letter, expressing the desire of the Boise banks for the complete success of the drive now on for a new Y. M. C. A. building: Boise, March G, 1919. "Mr. C. 'A. Barton. Chairman Executive Committee, "Y. M. C. A. Campaign, "Boise, Idaho: "Dear Sir: "The banks of Boise desire to.express to the Executive Committee of the Y. M. C. A. campaign their friendly concern for the successful outcome of the movement to secure a modern home for the local association. "While we believe this to be an inopportune time to undertake such an extensive effort, now that the directors of the association and others of our business men have entered upon the campaign, we desire to see It a complete success. Yours very truly, (Signed) "THE OVERLAND BANK. "G. R.- Hitt, Cashier. "BOISE CITY NATIONAL BANK, "C. H. Coffin, Vice. Pres. . "FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF IDAHO, "Crawford Moore. "PACIFIC NATIONAL BANK, "E. J. Tucker, Cashier." in the training camps, at the. port of embarkation, on the transports, right up to the front line trenches and back again you will find a ''Big Brother" of the "Y" always on the job and willing to serve. Wherever you find a soldier cr sailor you will find evidence of the loving care of the folks back home expressed through the Army Y. M. C. A. CAUSES OF CRITICISM. Dr. George Craig Stewart, Rector of St. Luke's Epiacopal Church, Evans ton, III., who served as a Red Cross and regular army chaplain, says: Here is a Y. M. C. A. canteen with its limited stock of supplies—boxes of cookies, boxes of raisins, cans of tobacco, cartons of cigarettes, boxes of candy, boxes of cigars, all brought up to the front with great difficulty. And here is a long line in front of the canteen. Every fellow has had his payday and where shall he spend his money if not at the canteen? The window is opened. The fortunate fellow at the front wants to buy out the whole shop. He wants ten boxes of candy; no, he can havg only one. He wants a carton of cigarettes; no, he can have only two packages. Then he begins to be sore." ''What's the matter with the Y. M. C. A. anyway?" He has the money; he's willing to pay for it. Why can't he have it? What's the idea? "Where do you get this 'two-package-only' stuff?" The "Y" man patiently and pleasantly reminds hlm that there are others coming behind, and the fellow next in line elbows him along, to make in turn his effort to get more supplies than are allotted. Do his best, the Y. M. C. A. man finds his stock diminishing and his line lengthen »*1^ c ^ amoroUf, • until there is nothing left, perhaps for the men at the end of the line, but a box of sardines or something of the sort. 'Long before, per haps, the news began to trickle down the line that there were no cigarettes left, and the fellows began falling out one by one to stand on the side line and jeer at the 1. M. C. A. TRUCKS CONFISCATED "Blit," says someone, "why doesn't the Y. M. C. A. have enough stuff tp meet the situation? That's whut we gave our money for. We Intended that all our boys, especially those at the front, should have these creature comforts, and it Is the business of the "Y" to get these supplies up." The reply is the scarcity of transportation. That was one of our army problems. Boats were crowded with soldiers and ammunition. We won the war-very largely because we threw into Europe on short notice an amazing number of men and such a splendid amount of equipment and ammunition. A certain amount of tonnage per month was assigned to the Y. M. C. A. They spent some of your money for trucks, for thousands of trucks. But you know, and everyone should know, that a large percentage of these camions when they were delivered in France, were commandeered by the United States army; which needed them for troops and ammunition; and the Y. M. C. A. with instant good grace surrendered them. For instance, of 100 trucks landed at Brest belonging to the Y. M. C. A., eighty five were taken over by tjie United States government. No one can blame the government and no one cun blame the "Y." We were out to win the war, and the general headquarters knew best what was necessary. But. fifteen trucks will not do the work of 100. Eighty-five per cent reduction of transportation means eighty-five per cent of our goods will not be delivered on time. The Y. M. C. A. was magnificently organized overseas and distributed its good to the different divisions and the different zones with admirable judgment. It hadn't time to explain to every boy In the line the difficulties of transportation. And even if it had, it would have found that, like most of us, the hoys were very suspicious of explanations furnished them in lieu of cigarettes and candy. You can't cut an excuse and you can't smoke an explanation. Boise Soldier Volunteer Boosts for "Y" Our outfit having been ln France 17 months, and stationed in different sections of the country, from the extreme southwest to the north coast, it would seem that our experience with the Y. M. C. A. was typical, and anyone who knows anything about tills regiment, the "Lumberjack Regiment," will agree that we were not recruited from the Y. M. C. A. From the time we landed in Glasgow, Hcotland, until we sailed from Brest on January 15, 1919, all of our entertainment and stationary, and most of the canteens, were furnished by the Y. M. C. A., and we found them even In the very rear of the S. O. H.—more familiarly known us the S. O. L. I cannot understand how any man who had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Elsie Janls, Margaret Mayo, and dozens of other brilliant entertainers and lecturers, can criticize the organizations that brought them to us. As a matter, of fact, I've heard a lot of real ''hard boiled" guys say some mighty good things about the Y. M. C. A., while some of the most cynical critics were those who had probably derived the most pleasure and benefit from this or ganization before going Into the army. . Of course, there were Y. M. C. A. representatives over there who fell down on the job and were not u credit to their organization, BUT, for every one of that sort there were dozens of the FINEST of men and women, working their hardest for us. No man who was on leave at Aix, Grenojde, or anv of the leave areas, will forget The good work of the Y. M. C. A. at these places. 1 cannot think of anything more they could have done at Alx—but suppose some, of the Soldats Américaine are sore because we had to walk clear across the street to "Jesse James" buvette to get our Vin Blanc. ■ There were times when a man had so many things he wanted to say about the army, the Mud Bath resort at Brest camp, etc., hut knew he could not get away with it, so he turned loose on the Y. M. C. A. and gave expression to Ills accumulated grouch. Our outfit, along with probably 1,750,000 other American soldiers, were not in the front line, so I know nothing about the work of the Y. M. C. A. there, but from conversations with American, French, Canadian and Australian soldiers who were in the thick of it, I urn convinced that all the various welfare organizations were doing their utmost up there. Personally I have very pleasant recollections of the good eats, the only real coffee there was ln France, and the real AMERICAN men and women who were operating the Y. M. C. A., the Red Cross, the K, C. and the Halvation Army canteens, entertainments, clubs and hotels. They all did a lot of good work, and the soldiers having also done a little, appreciate it. (Signed) SGT. A. L. WELPTON, Boise, Idaho, March 5, 1919. Co. (', 10th Engineers. BOISE'S RICHEST ASSET GREATEST PROBLEM STERNEST PERIL MIGHTIEST FORCE COSTLIEST OFFENDER STRONGEST DEFENDER HIGHEST HOPE IS HER YOUNG MEN AND BOYS A contribution to the new Y. M. C. A. Fund is an investment in the Real Boise. Boiseneedsthe Y.M.C. A. The Y. M. C. A. needs You to enable it to best serve Boise. GOOD SPEED SHOWN IN BIG Y. M. C. A. DRIVE Third Day in $165,000 Campaign for New Association Build* ing Shows Good Progress—$57,371 Raised to Date Boise never saw such team work as it Is going to see before noon next Tuesday when the big push for a new $165,000 Y. M. C. A. building comes to a successful and joyous conclusion. Approximately one hundred and fifty absolutely wide-awake business men of this charming little metropolis tucked away at the foot of the Sawtooth mountains have lined up to put this drive over and It is being done. Fifty-seven Thousand Three Hun dred and Seventy-one dollars of the original $166,000 was accounted for at the regular hilarious noon-day lunch eon held by the workers in the cam paign In the old association building. A net gain was made in the results over the work of the day before. Yes terday $11,142.00 was reported as the product of the day's hustle against a report of $8,854.50 for the previous twenty-four-hour spasm. This indi cates a raise in the temperature of the "go-getters" and also that the "squiz zerinktum," or is It "splzzerinktum?"— blame that word anyhow, somebody will choke on It some day It they don't watch out—but whatever It may be, It Is working. The good report yesterday Indicates something else— That the people of Boise, the great rank and file of substantial, conscien tious, free and Independent sovereign voters, are beginning to realize that the privilege of participating ln the new Y. M. C. A. Is something everybody ought to be glad to do. The folks around town who are occupying, to a large extent, tho positions of innocent bystanders are ... . . ... , . £ OI ? ln|r the need ofa new up-to-date 1:. M. C. A. building in ^ Boise to the end that the approximate ly fifteen hundred hoys and young men about town may have a place wherein they can harmlessly and beneficially, and adequately, turn loose their juve nile exuberance. It Is a necessary civic Improvement and Boise is beginning to know it. The battle still raged at yesterday's luncheon between the "Nationals," commanded by Manager F. I. New house, and the "Americans," guided, di rected and exhorted to hustle harder, by Manager E. A. Crooks. Gain was made by the "Americans." In the day's report Manager Crooks' aggregation took first place, turning 'n $5,181.00 for the previous day's work against $3,811.00 reported by the "Na tionals." Executive committee reported $2, 150.00. Captain Tom Martin's team No. 2 took the lead for greatest amount re ported by any single team. This squad belongs to the "American" division, and there was an awful groan rolled up toward the ceiling when that beautiful report was made. Captain Martin won the honor and climbing that emaciated ladder at the corner of Ninth and Main and risking a dislocated vertebra or two in a desperate endeavor to set the hands of the Big Clock where they ought to be to show the world at large that the stampede was still on and rampsin' jubilantly toward the $165,000 mark.) But Captain Martin Is a modest, re tiring Individual, not anxious to win the glory of a busted bnck or anything,' especially ln public, so he delegated the privilege of being official clock-setter to I'aptain Robert M. McCracken, a member of Team 2, who is a genuine government captain. The real soldier, knowing his duty, obeyed hts superior and went up while the ladder wiggled and a large and hopeful—probably hop ing the ladder would slip or something —expectantly watched him do it. But the crowd was disappointed, the ladder didn't slide and Captain Mc Cracken made a graceful and artistic ascent and came down wit h perfect I j ! I I Forgetting the Good A Letter that Was Never Sent and Why "The censor one evening came across a letter from a boy to his folks back home, ln which the 'Y' was panned and served on toast with a garnish of all the Scotch blessings and reverse Eng lish the boy had on hand. Now, the censor Is a pretty tired man, and I should not have blamed him If he had let that letter go. But there was an extra strong touch of exaggeration in it that roused the censor's sense of justice. "So he sent the letter to the captain of the boy's company, and the captain called the boy in. This is the conver sation that followed: " 'Did you write this letter?' " 'Yes. sir.' '' 'Read It over. Is there anything there you'd like to change before It is sent? 1 ' 'No, sir.' "Then there was a short pause, In which the captain studied the hoy, and REPORT FOR THURSDAY. MARCH 6, 1919. AMERICAN DIVISION TODAY Team Captain. No. Sub. Amount. No. < 1 J. F. Pope.......... 2 865.00 36 2 T. L. Martin ....... ... 9 1,390.00 21 3 W. R. Wtlkerson ... 1,046.00 49 4 F. E. Doseher ...... ... 13 376.00 38 5 L. E. Elam......... 946.00 35 6 D. B. Whitehead ... ...14 670.00 26 < 5,131.00 DIVISION 200 NATIONAL 7 H. H. Runyon...... ... 1< 290.00 55 8 C. H. Hartson...... ...11 260.00 34 9 Russell Ash ........ 1,006.00 38 in Herman Diets...... ... 9 245.00 21 11 R. R. Alexander____ 940.00 41 12 W. H. Coppedge .... ...71 1,070.00 51 Total ........... * 6,811.00 2.160.00 Executive Committee . .... « . 23 American DlÄslon .... RECAPITULATION ... 00 < 6,181.00 200 National Division ..... ...70 8,811.00 250 Executive Committee .. 2.150.00 23 Aggregates ..... ...178 <11,142.00 473 To Dots Amount. $ 1,930.00 2.257.00 1,9*4.00 1.075.00 1,847.50 1.626.00 <10,509.50 1.771.00 1.071.00 1,980.50 1.266.00 <.610.00 3 ,<M.0 Q <14.7'ÎL60 32,000.00 <10,509.50 14,771.50 < 2 , 000.00 U7.3ri.oo -Adv. This V. M. C. A. Page Contributed by Friends «f th% nonchalance and a sigh of relief when he hit the ground. The public misses quite a lot whig It overlooks these regular ariel cxhlbD lions which happen at Ninth and Mslg daily at about 1:30 p. m. There is a lot of "spizzerbazoo)* tm whatever It is Director Mogge calls it, at these noon luncheons—good-natured chaffing, uncamouflaged joshing, hi larious kidding, and so forth. It is really, seriously, a wonderful thing to see how even those profound and tre mendously Important leaders of the business, social, economic Interests of Boise themselves Join in the fun and raillery and make a lark of a lark of a difficult task, confident, absolutely, that they are going to put It across. A lady stood and watched them while the "ladder ceremony" wus being per formed over at Main and Ninth yester day. She listened to the songs, heard the laughter and jollying, turned and said partially to me and part to the wide, wide, world in general: "God bless 'em! After all they're nothing but a bunch of big, good-na tured boys, glorying ln their strength and the youth that Is still ln their hearts!" Her lips were smiling, but there was mist ln her eyes. Guess she was right. Reckon, after all the Judge and the Doctor, the Law yer, tho Banker, the Preacher, the Merchant—the whole works, even Dick Randall—hanker sometimes for tho days when we could pull off our shoes and run a race wit' Skinny an' all d' other kids to d' ol' swlmmln' hole— But our wind Is kind of short and our hair is getting gray and—heaven help us—most of the time we have to be sort of "dignified," so when a chance comes like this $165,000 new Y. M. C. A. proposition we've tackled and that we've all got to get together on to put over, we Just do It and, getting to gether in a big common effort, we make the most of the opportunity to play that we're boys again and have a whole peck of fun while we're pulling off some great civic stunt like this. But on the square those daily lunch eons are jolly affairs. That one yesterday was a good one—■ from every angle. Those First Meth odist church ladles certainly do qualify, as hostesses. And speaking of the ladles— Miss Ruth Seymour stirred the con gregation profoundly by the announce ment that today the "females of the species" are to take a hand in the game for the rest of the drive and when it I comes to getting the money—"you men j look out!" Miss Seymour represents the Y. W. ! C. A. and to that organization belongs I the honor of arranging the menus for I the dally luncheons. The highest trlb j ute possible is paid to the science and i art displayed ln framing up these culi nary triumphs every day by the way In which they disappear before the husky appetites of the "harvest hands." Interesting and inspiring talks were made yesterday by Chairman Barton, Campaign Director Mogge, Mr. Baldwtn of Team No. 3 and. as usual, Associate Director and Hhrlek Dispenser Richard E. Randall, engineer the vocal pyro technics to the immense delight of the assembled multitudes. The words of Chairman C. A. Bar ton express precisely the feelings of th* bunen who are fighting to give Boisa a Y. M. C. A. building that will fit In with the balance of Boise's appearance. Mr. Barton spoke the sentiment of the entire organization, the most efficient of Its kind ever gotten together ln Boise, when he said at yesterday's luncheon: "There Is absolutely no question In my mind about putting this drive over. We are going to do it." _ the boy set his jaw stubbornly. Fi nally: '' Where did you write this letter?" '' 'The "Y," sir.' ' Who gave you the paper?' " 'The "Y." sir.' " 'it's warm and cozy, and something like home there, isn't it?' "'Yes, Sir.' " 'Where do you get your cigarettes, candy, etc.?' '' 'The "Y." sir.' " 'You're always sure of finding what you want there?' " 'Yes, sir.' " 'You go to the movies and a real show occasionally?' " 'Yes, sir.' '''Who runs them?' " 'The "Y," sir.' '' 'Doesn't cost you a cent, does It?' '"No, sir.' "There was another pause, and th« boy's face was redder and his expres sion softer. Then: '' 'If you don't mind, sir. I'd like to ae« that letter again.' "Without a word he took it from th« officer's hand, tore it once across, and, dropping It into the basket, made his salute, turned on his heel and walked out." If at least three-fourths of the "Y'* work was efficient and appreciated by enlisted men, why Is comment by many confined to criticism of one-fourth, with no commendation for the three fourths?