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From a Letter to The Literary Ufcesl In immediate mponscthe following edUorid Was published in The Liteary Diged of Otiobtr SOlh: SEN JESUS CHRIST GAME UPON THE earth, nearly two thousand years ago, to save an man-T-:rJ ttio mnro onfnincr sppitiprl to interfere with lUllUj A -.AO " . , j the material interests of a few people -of that period, notably King Herod, who promptly decided to dispose of this Interloper," and sent forth his soldiers with or ders to Slav all the children of two years old and under. Thus was consummated the most atrocious crime aplnat innocent childhood ever committed up to that mae. It has come down to us through all the ages m song and story, and master painters' have pictured it on marvelous canvases. Today passing in review, as we look out through the Window of our comfortable homes in this great and Siapjy tend, are three and a half millions of helpless irMdrem the innocent victims of the greatest war that has ever afflicted humanity. It matters not, as we gaze itt the direction of these children, that our eyes must gtref ch across three thousand miies of ocean, we still can see them and we still can hear them, if we Wish to do o and we cannot help hearing the tragic appeal in thiir voices and seeing their tiny arms stretched out to tti and their searching eyes looking into our souls as tbfr Sfty "Help us, or we perish." And if we fail to Jfeteft to this great call of three and a half millions of God's helpings dhildren; if we close our eyes and ears to this great demand of duty, We shall be just as guilty of tiie "slaughter of the innocents" as was Herod, nearly two thousand years ago. In these lands, swept by death and billed .with trage dies too deep for tears, a sum of human suffering is be ing written greater perhaps than for all ages gone by. Thi mind grows numb and the heart sick from con stant recital of tales of such tragedy as it is difficult to brieve the twentieth century could hold. And SO, when we received a letter from Mr. Hoover telling lis that America must not allow death in the form of hunger and cold to come to these 3,500,000 helpless children, our soul was stirred and the hot blood surged up itt our heart We felt it was our imperative duty to use all the power God has given Us to aid this noble hearted American in continuing the work of saving human ftveS to Which he has devoted unsparingly, and at great personal sacrifice, his tremendous energy and administrative genius during the past six years, in which time he and his American colleagues have administered two billions of dollars of relief funds from all parts of the world with a total overhead expense of only three eighths of one per cent, with no remuneration to the American directors. Now he asks us all to help save the children who are in imminent danger of starvation this coming winter. There they are, in the midst of wrecked homes, and farms, and factories; in cities crowded with masses of refugees without sustaining food for children, through the destruction of livestock; seeds for planting, raw ma terials, tools, and machinery gone; great areas with ev erything burned, or looted, or smashed; vast unemploy ment for workers; no means of subsistence; a land of economic ruin, of mutilated life, and lingering death, nd in the midst of it all the little children. In long lines they are waiting at the American food kitchens. Will the food be there for them? Will they be turned away? There are no happy, healthy faces in those lohg lines not- one. You have Seen rags and barefooted children, but 'never so many little boys and girls literally dressed in tatters. Soon it will be very cold, and for those bare little feet and legs and arms there is nothing at home to put on. Hollow faces and shrunken bodies are so common that their rear condition does not become evident until we inquire more closely, and then we find that most of them are from one to five years Back in their growth. Children of eight years old have not reached the normal size of two and a half. They are just learning to stand alone. Others almost as old cannot yet stand on their feet Their arms, and legs, and spines, and chests are twisted and warped. The flesh and skin are shriveled on their bones. It is surprising that life can still exist there. If they can have food they will gradually regain their health and strength, but with most of them it is a question of now or never. Starvation and tuberculosis will not wait In Poland alone a million five hundred thousand such children must be cared for. In Latvia and Esfhonia the people are living mostly on a diet made from potato flour, oat-flour, and sawdust In Czecho-Slovakia, in Hungary, in Austria, and in other countries of central and southeastern Europe, two millions more are in dire need of food; and who stops to ask regarding creed, or race, or nationality when a little child is starving? Chil dren are just children the world over. And the great American heart is big enough to care for them all. But the appeal now is not for all. The three and a half millions of children in immediate danger of starva tion, if this organization fails, who must have food at once, are only a fraction of the total number. The hun gry children of those destitute countries have been ex amined by competent physicians, and only those whose wasted little bodies are reduced to the minimum weight and whose endurance of hunger has reached the end which merges into actual starvation, are admitted to the American kitchens and given one meal a day. It is hard to turn away thousands of hungry boys and girls to hear them ask pleadingly, "Do I weigh too much?" "Am I not thin enough?" "Can't I come any more?" But this restricting of food to the extreme cases is com pulsory, because there isn't enough for all. And these neediest ones cannot reach the totchg through the cold winds and the snow barefooted and m the pitiful rags which form only a partial covering for their bodies. They must have clothes. Each outfit con sists of one pair of warm woolen stockings, one pair or boots, and a-little overcoat' This one meal a day, and these boots, stockings, and little coats can be supplied only if we give them. If we do not, the slaughter of the innocents by cold and starvation will be appalling. Among the more than two million men and women who will read this page there is not one there cannot be a single one whose heart will not respond gladly and eagerly to the challenge of this great need. We are asked, you with us, to co-operate with Mr. Hoover in raising twenty-three million dollars to feed and clothe these children and save them from death this winter. It can be done. It shall be done! THE LITERARY DI GEST knows its readers and the deep earnestness, the quick sympathy, the great-hearted generosity they al ways show when any real human need calls to them. You have never been called upon in vain. We are count ing on you now with great confidence. We know, also, how truly you represent the American spirit, which beats in the hearts of a hundred and three million more in this big land of plenty, a spirit which leaps ready at every such call, and is never weary in well-doing. We are not a hermit nation, isolated from the world, when suffering and want cry out to us from anywhere under the sun. A great, a beautiful and heart-slistaining hope supports these stricken people America will come to their relief. For in the far places of the earth, where famine stalks, one name and one alone is synonymous with rescue and hope and that name is America. The small individual unit of ten dollars will provide the coat and boots and stockings and one meal a day for one child this winter. We urge our readers we urge every one whose eyes are on these words to give quick ly as many of these units as possible, to buy for them selves -that precious and priceless thing, the Hfe of a little child as many of them as they can, and every one will be a sliining star in an eternal crown. It was the Divine Love of little children, who came to earth as a little child, and who reigns now as the Bang of Glory, who said, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, ye have done it unto me." He does not forget, nor fails to reward So deeply do We ourselves feel the urgency of this great needi knowing all the facts, that we should feel a heavy burden of guilt if we did not go beyond anything we have felt possible heretofore in order to sate these innocent children from suffering and death. Therefore, THE LITERARY DIGEST will start this fund With the sum of 125,000 to feed and clothe twenty-five hundred little boys and girk this winter. What an inspiration and example to many thousands who may be uncertain how much to give if in the first week there shall be a great shower of cheeks for $1000, for 5000, for $10,000. as well as a deluge Of smaller amounts, to send the fund rolling on toward the necessary twenty-three millions. Let us all see again What the f ather's heart is like in this great rich land of America, Let us have again a won drous revelation of the heart of American motherhood. Let tie have a great outpouring of love and helpfulness in the name of Him who said, "Feed my lambsl" President-Elect Harding, in a Great-Hearted Response, Sets an Example for All Americans In the midst of the flood of telegrams, telephone, calls, and election returns pouring in upon him from every part of the United Slates, Mr. Harding turned from it all to write and dispatch the following telegram from his home: THE LITERARY DIGEST, NEW YORK CITYs t Mam. Ohio, Newnber 4, 1920. I have just now read your splc8d appeal to the people of America k behalf of three and a half millions- of unfortunate children in Central afed Southeastern Europe who are the helpless victims of the Great war. Because such a movement for relief reveals the true heart f America, becaiwe it bespeaks an American desire to play a great people's part in relieving and raetoring God's own children, I want to commend and support yow noble undertaking. In seeking G od's blessing for ourselves I am sure He will bless us the more abun dantly if we share our good fortunes in acts of sympathy and human fell&Wfthip. I wish you a Success which will reveal anew the unselfishness of ow great people. I am forwarding you my check for two thousand five hundred dollars by mail today. (Signed) WARREN G. HARDING. Make all checks payable to "The Literary Digest Child-Feeding Fund" and mail them direct to The Literary Digest. Every remittance will be acknowledged, and the Literary Digest will be responsible for every dollar contributed, to see that it goes, without one penny deducted, to the purpose for which it is given. Address, Child Feeding, THE LITERARY DIGEST, 354-860 Fourth Avenue, New York. This advertisement contributed by James G. McNary.