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The Morgan City daily review. (Morgan City, La.) 1916-1920, November 13, 1918, Image 2

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Old 'Baptist "Doc—He
almost died for them
, Why you should give twice as
much as you ever gave before!
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The need is for a sum 70% greater than any gift ever asked
for since the world began. The Government has fixed this sum
at $170,500,000.
By giving to these seven organizations all at once, the cost
and effort of six additional campaigns is saved.
Unless Americans do ghte twice as much as ever before,
oar soldiers and sailors may not enjoy during 19J9 their
3600 Recreation Buildings
1000 Miles of Movie Fflm . *
100 Leading Stage Stars
2000 Athletic Directors
2500 Libraries supplying 5,000,000 books
85 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 comforts 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 store,
a school, a club and an athletic field—and a knowledge that the
folks back home are with him, heart and soul!_
You have loaned your money to supply their-physical needs.
Now give to maintain the Morale that is winning the war 1
of "The Stars and Stripes," A. E. F.
Y OU would turn your pockets inside out for the United
War Work Campaign if you knew dear old "Doc" of the
Marines, a white-haired, slow-speaking padre, who is Y.
secretary with the leathernecks and so beloved by them that
it's past telling. He was a preacher in Arizona—had been, I
think, a missionary with the lepers when the «war came, and
he went from his pulpit to the Y. 9
They have always loved him, the Marines. I think it was
because he had the genius for meeting all mankind brother
to-brother. And because he would not spare himself
any hardship that the boys had to undergo.
If they hiked, he would not ride. If they had to march
half-way across France as fast as their legs would carry them,
Doc marched,, too, and what is more, carried the full pack,
lest any boy should ever say old Doc did not know what a
real hike meant.
Of course, their devotion became a cult on the Marne when
it was he who took the hind end of a litter and went out
through a very rain of shells to bring in and save the wounded
colonel. And they did save him. Can't you picture it—the
two of them creeping over the treacherous ground, with the
private turning now and then and hissing back to poor old
bulky Doc not to "stick up so far" in the air? ,
That little expedition dropped Doc unconscious with
gas and shrapnel, and when he came to he found that
quite mysteriously, all his Y ensignia had been cut away an4
Marine emblems sewed on in their place.
Doc holds services now and then. I know of one a young
Jew organized. It was held in a deserted church which a
vdlunteer squad had spent three hours in cleaning for the.
occasion—three hours routing the dust and cobwebs and litter
of fallen plaster and broken glass. Then the congregation
trooped in and the service began with the distribution of
rosaries fished from Doc's capacious pockets for the Catholic
boys, some of wham had lost theirs in the fight *
They have a way of looping their rosary through their left
shoulder strap and wearing it into battle as the knights of old
wore their lady's colors into the jousts. It is an inspiring
thing to see a whole company thus beautifully uniformed, but
sometimes they come back with the beads torn away.
Well, Doc distributed his own supply and I doubt if a
passerby at that moment would have suspected him of being
a Baptist clergyman. Doc—and indeed most of the padres of
the front—have to rake their memories to tell what denomina
tion was theirs before they took this great communion.
And Baptist Doc is only one of thousands who are serving your boys in the
great religion of Fatherhood\ whose creed and faith ate Servi oe. Keep
them on the job next year! Pershing needs a thousand like them every month.
Pau '3
C. A.
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H. W. KAPPEL, Parish Chairman U. W. W. C.

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