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Oct. 17,1917.
(To be inserted in the Soldiers’ Hand
By His Excellency General Viscount
Kitchener of Kha -toun, G. C. 8.,
O. M., G. C. M. C., Commander
in-Chief in India.
On his arrival in India, Lord Kitch
ener learned with regret the very se
rious extent of the ravages made by
veneral diseases among British Troops
serving in this country and at once
set to work to combat its growth and
spread in the army. The results of
these efforts, so far, have been en
couraging; but there is a limit to what
can be done in this direction by the au
thorities to whom the welfare of the
Soldier during his tour of service is
entrusted, unless they receive the
hearty co-operation and assistance >of
the men themselves, and it is in order
to obtain their help that Lord Kitch
ener addresses to them these remarks
which he desires them to read to keep
in mind during their service in India.
Each Man Should Be a Credit and Not
a Burden.
Above all things, men must remem
ber that they should do credit to their
regiment, for the good name of a reg
iment lies in the keeping of every man
belonging to it and necessarily suffers
if the men become inefficient through
It is' discreditable, and even dishon
est, that by contracting through self
indulgence a disease which he can
avoid, a man should render himself
incapable of doing that work for his
country which he enlisted to do.
A Soldier’s Duty.
It is therefore the duty of a soldier,
not only to keep himself cleai’ of dis
ease, but also by his good example to
help his comrades to avoid tempta
Older Men.
The older men particularly should
realize their responsibilities in this re
spect. Very much depends on the
tone and example which they set, and
even if they themselves have suffered
there is all the more need that they
should do their utmost to keep younger
comrades straight, and prevent them
frow lowering the good name of the
regiment as a w’hole. No soldier who
is not able to exercise due restraint in
For a Cold Drink and a
Sandwich, or Cigars, Cig
arettes and Tobacco. Try
The polite F. T. Wise will
show you every courtesy
and a good time is prom
esed you.
these matters can expect to be en
trusted with command over his com
Every man can by self-control re
strain the indulgence of those impru
dent and reckless impulses that so
ofetn lead men astray, and he who
thus resists a better soldier and a bet
ter man than the man of weaker will
who allows his bodily appetites to rule
him and who lacks the strength of
character to resist temptation, and to
refuse to follow any bad example he
may see before him.
Remember Mother and Sister.
Remember the better influences of
life. What would your mother, your
sisetrs and your friends at home think
of you if they saw you in hospital, de
graded by this disease? And later on
in life, when you may rightly hope to
marry and settle down, it will make
a difference to your own happiness
and that of your family which no
words can express—if you can do so
with a body clean of those loathsome
diseases which, it once contracted,
may be passed on to your children.
Syphilis assumes a horrible, loath
some ant. often fatal form through
which in time, as years pass on, the
sufferer finds his hair falling out, his
skin and the flesh of his body rot, and
are eaten away by slow, cankerous
and stinking ulcerations; his nose first
falls in at the bridge, and then rots
and falls off; his sight gradually fails
and he eventually becomes blind; his
voice first becomes husky and then
fades to a hoarse whisper as his throat
is eaten away by fetid ulcerations
which cause his breath to stink. In
the hospitals, and among the suicides,
many such examples are to be found.
Gonorrhoea, again, although it be
gins as merely a scalding local inflam
mat.on, slowly spreads and infects
other parts of the body and the blood,
giving rise to other u seases, such as
sticture (which causes excruciating
pain), bladder troubles, and rheuma;
tism of the joints- Though these dis
eases do not appear at once, they all
follow In time and increase as the suf
ferer "rows older.
“Patent” Medicines and Quack
The only hope for those who have
the misfortune to contract such dis
eases is to submit to the earliest pos
sible treatment by a qualified med
ical officer, for delay is most danger
ous. Nor can any permanent good
result from resorting for aid to bazaar
quacks or patent medicines, for the
disease will not be eradicated but will
break out again and again in the years
to come, so that the sufferer will in
fect his wife, and their children (if
any) will be diseased and weakly crip
Inefficient Forfeit First Class Pay.
Lord Kitchener would further point
out that although the military penalties
incurred by those who contact ven
eral diseases can oly be considered as
of minor importance when compared to
the more dreadful and far-reaching
consequences above referred to, yet
men should remember that they exist
and should know what they are. Pro
motion may be affected; first-class
service pay is forfeited, for it is given
for efficiency, and men who have suf
fered from these diseases remain in
efficient for long peroids; guards and
duties missed while in hospital have
to be made good, so that the self-in
dulgence of those who contract disease
may not throw extra work on their
comrades; on their return to duty they
may find all indulgences, passes, etc.,
withheld and the canteen may be clos
ed against them. Should men be in
valided for veneral diseases, gratuities
and pensoins are liable to be affected.
Further, it must be remembered that
it is impossible for long to conceal the
existence of disease, and that the at
tempt to do so is an offense which is
very severely punished.
Soldiers Requested to Read These
Lord Kitchener asks all the men Who
compose the British army in India,
which he is proud to command, to
read this memorandum very carefully
and think over these matters; let each
then consider for himself whether in
dulgense is worth the price which has
to be paid for it in disease, in punish
ment, in injury to the man himself,
his wife and his children, in destruc
tion of the efficiency of his corps and
in degradation of his own body and
(India Army Headquarters).
The 23rd October, 1905. •
With the temperature at 41, 44 and 47
several mornings in succession, the sol
diers at Camp Hancock are shivering.
Likewise, the men of the Y. M. C. A.
The afternoons are delightful and drill
ing is easy under such a beneficient sun,
but as soon as twilight steals over the
earth and the sun sinks behind the west
ern hills, sweaters overcoats and even
gloves are requisitioned to keep the body
warm. All over camp, there has been
great activity in erecting stoves and
many of the tents have been embellished
recently with a bit of black stove-pipe
sticking through the top. Where stoves
have not been issued, and men have not
received their full supply of clothing, the
art of dressing on cold floors has been
accelerated greatly. Firemen have noth
ing on soldiers at Camp Hancock, when
it comes to dressing quickly. If any lad
from the north expected that the Geor
gian sun kept things in a summery at
mosphere all the time, that young man
has learned something.
Among the interested spectators at the
community flag raising last Friday were
several Confederate soldiers, in gray
uniforms with red trimmings. They car
ried the Stars and Stripes aloft while the
old banner under which they fought was
furled. The venerable soldiers paid great
attention to the remarks of the speak
ers and were the object of much atten
tion from the spectators. Sitting among
|he men, who represented Camp 435,
United Confederate Veterans, was an
elderly woman, dressed in the same ma
terial as the men, and wearing a cam
paig nhat. To show their loyalty and
appreciation of the boys in brown who
have come from Pennsylvania, Camp 435
passed the following resolutions at a re
cent meeting:
“Resolved: That Camp 435, U. C. V.,
deem it a duty as well as a pleasure to
co-operate with the civic authorities at
the flag raising ceremony on Columbus
Day, October 12th, and at the same time
honor the great discoverer, Christopher
“Resolved: That we take great pleasure
and pride in having located with us at
Camp Hancok, this city, that splendid
body of soldiers, comprising the Twenty-
The House of Dorr
is for those who wish the better grades of things to
Trench Coats, Rain Coats, Jaeger Underwear,
Sweaters, Hosiery, Etc.
Officers’ Uniforms Made in Our
Own Shop, $65.00 and $75.00.
August Dorr’s Sons
724 Broad Street
Watson Drug Co.
“A Complete Drug Store”
We Have Many Things a Soldier Needs
„ A.
Shaving Equipment
A clean face is very essential.
We have all the necessary articles.
Ender SI.OO ~ ,
™ Mennen’s Cream,
-ta , Johnson s Cream,
Durham SI.OO i + > -n
Colgate’s Powder,
Glllett SS * OO Colgate’s Stick,
SAFETY RAZOR Williams’ Stick,
m Ancc Palmolive Stick,
BLADES Williams’ Mug Soap.
Gilletts, 6 blades ... 50c
Gilletts, 12 blades. SI.OO FOR AFTER SHAVING
Durham, 6 blades. . .50c Witch Hazel Cream,
Gem, 7 blades 35c » Ed Pinaud Vegetal,
Ever Ready, 6 blades 30c Camphor Ice.
No matter what you need in the drug line, we have it.
Most complete line of Trusses apd Supports in the city.
Watson Drug Co.
912 Broad St. Phone 637-638
eighth Division of the United States
army, better known as the Pennsylvania
“Resolved: That by their gentlemanly
conduct, they have endeared themselves
to every resident of Augusta and espe
cially to us old soldiers who can fully
appreciate their unexcelled conduct and
exemplary deportment.
“Resolved: That we shall regret to
sever our pleasant relations with them
when they are called away. We can as
sure them of our deep interest in their
future, and shall earnestly pray for their
safe return to their dear ones, after hav
ing made the world safe for democracy,
as we are confident they will do.”
FOR $1,000,000
It was expected that Camp Sheridan
would subscribe $1,000,000 to the Lib
erty Loan by Saturday night of last
week. The total on Friday was $314,-
000 and a great rally was arranged for
that day, all the men being given the
day off. A big parade was held in
front of division headquarters on Fri
day night.
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