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JlT. M. C. A. Secretaries Follow The
Soldiers Out Into No
Man's Land
H Job Too
Small For The Biggest
Of Men
The American Y. M. C. A. is keep-
4; iut promises. American secretaries
Ife-a now, and have been for many
(rets, at work in the forward areas
ions: the battle front in France. To
indeterminate number of Red Tri-
igit) men "over mere" gas and shell-
re and mud and actual battle are a
rim reality a part of the day's
A personal letter of absorbing inter-
ft wan lately received from Mr. Ralph
arb'.son, president of the Pittsburgh
M. C. A. and a well known business
ban of that city, who has been in
ranee on a special Y. M. C. A. MJs-
The Letter.
U "Casualties had occurred among our
jMlers lust before we arrived at ow
jgilage," the letter reads, "and we were
ordered to get under cover of our de
kite. After a supper of chocolate, war
ptead, and canned beef, the six of us ie&
fcetarles were ordered to the cellar of
file "Y,' together with fifty soldiers who
pened to be in the old shell-torn
ilding, as the boche were beginning
;aln to shell the town. We took oan-
3es, a big basketful of canteen swp-
Een, to last us in case we should hare
be dug out later, overcoats and blas
ts. We fitted our gas masks on to
Be sure they were working well, and
then settled down or tried to in the
jfcungeon. We exoeoted to hare to stay
HI night, but in an hoar a sentry call-
'All out,' and up we gladly went
lie rest of the evening- we spent up-
,irs in one of the reasonably whole
ms, with piano and songs and sto
les and the ever-present and wonder-
tl canteen, at which I took my turn,
"Needless to say, I slept none that
light with all the bang and noise out-
ide, but nobody does, I'm told, the
t night The night before I got
about two hours of dozing with a stiff
Back, sitting up in a crowded Bight
but, strange to say, I never felt
be lack of it for a minute.
"We were up the next morning at
le bonne heure, and after breakfast
the officers' mess Clarke and I
started off for the trenches, each of
Us ladened with about fifty pounds of
canteen supplies besides our helmet,
ras masks, carried at all times at
le rt e,' etc.
1 "For two hours we pursued a tor
tuous way among the various lines of
trenches and conneotlng trenches,
topping frequently to dispense our
feopular wares among the boys, some
repairing the trenches, some building
aew ones, some on sentry duty, some
sleeping in the dugouts, some man
Wng guns and watching for German
"As we entered the front-line
trenches, we suddenly ran into Secre
tary Baker and accompanying officers.
I stepped aside as well as I could, sa
luted and said, 'Good morning, Mr.
Becretary.' As they . passed I heard
one of the officers say to the Secre
tary. 'You see, Mr. Secretary, the "Y"
men are right up in the front-line
trenches with the boys.'
"Time was flying, and we knew
there were still more soldiers further
on who would be glad to see us. Soon
aw entered 'No Man's Land by means
of a trench, a land which we had
seen frtni the rear lines in the dis
tance an tour earlier, all uprooted an.1
torn anl desolate, and after some mln
Btes we crawled, hot and winded, into
a shell hole the furthermost listening
4r,t in our lines and found six sol
tiers on uard, ell very much alert.
Itey gave us a warm welcome, and
re conducted our communications in
tow whlcpers, for there were ihree
Herman snipers in three different di
rections only seventy-five feet away.
"Needless to say, our gunnysacks
mk emDtv when we came out We
awried back to the sign of the Red '
triangle in the village, drank a cup j
f hot chocolate, and started in again
fat another direction.
"We watched the explosions getting
Closer and closer, each one preceded
by the weirdest kind of a wail and
rhine through the air, and then dur
ing a let-up we rushed across the open
and into the dugouts in an embank
ment where our second pack of ap
plies disappeared.
"Two of the secretaries had been
gassed the day before we arrived at
this place, and one slightly wounded
fey shrapnel, while others were break
ing under the physical strain and need
ad relief. I'm sure we will hear of
fatalities soon, but since my experi
ence in the trenches I don't ask the
jaestlon any more 'Is it worth
while?' Never was such an opportun
ity given to man to serve his fellow
men as this.
"Pass the word on, and pass It
jvlckly, that five hundred of the most
apable, earnest, and blg-souled Chris
tian mti are needed here today In ad
dition to the weekly stream that Is
coming. We are cabling New York
frequently, but they don't come. It is
ritlcaL and we must not fail, but we
tin unless more and better men come
immediately. As I see it there is no
3t M. C. A. Job over here too small
tor the biggest men in America."
Buy Local Food'
Patriotic Citizens Should See That
Participation Announcement
is Shown.
The banks throughout the Eighth
Federal Reserve District are giving
earnest and patriotic support in aid
ing in the flotation of United States
Certificates of Indebtedness, millions
of dollars of which are being sub
scribed by the banks to pave the way
for the Fourth Liberty Loan Cam
A handsome participation announce
ment has been prepared by the Lib
erty Loan Organization, and one of
these will be sent to each bank that
subscribes for these Certificates
Indebtedness. This announcement will
be prominently displayed by each par
ticipating bank.
Each announcement is numbered,
and a , careful check is kept on all
issued. Every patriotic citizen who-is
anxious to aid the Government and
win the war should look for this an
nouncement in the bank where he
transacts business. If it Is not seen,
he should inquire of the bank the rea
son for its absence.
U. 8. Treasury Certificates of Indebt
edness Highest Form Com-
merclal Paper.
Secretary of the Treasury William
G. McAdoo has made an appeal to all
bankers, whether or not they be mem
bers of the Federal Reserve Bank, to
buy . United States Treasury Certifi
cates of Indebtedness up to 2 per
cent of their total resources for each
The bankers are requested to make
this calculation not on the figures
shown in the latest published state
ment, but on the footings made on the
day the subscrlDtlon is nlaced.
The Certificates of Indebtedness are
offered only to bankers. They will be
offered semi-monthly until the open
ing of the Fourth Liberty Loan Cam
paign. They draw 4 per cent inter
est They constitute commercial pa
per of the very highest order the
obligation of a borrower supreme in
Integrity and resources, a security
available for rediscount, salable in the
market, security for Government de
posits, an asset which is a compliment
to the conservation and patriotism of
its owner.
Each bank taking its share of the
Certificates of Indebtedness will have
prominently displayed an official an
nouncement, numbered, showing this
fact. Patriotic men and women should
demand their bankers to show this
participation announcement and in
sist upon it
Are Proving Their Loyalty In Aiding
Government to Finance
the War.
The splendid spirit of patriotism
manifested by the bankers throughout
the Eighth Federal Reserve District
In previous Liberty Loan Campaigns
Is being more than maintained in the
preliminary campaign for the Fourth
Loan that began June 25, when the
first series of $750,000,000 of United
States Treasury Certificates of Indebt
edness was offered to the banks.
No more patriotic and Intelligent
body of men than the men comprising
the banking element exists anywhere.
They make a deep study of finance,
They watched the mistakes made by
Germany and our Allies in financing
the war, and they do not hesitate to
place tne Btamp 0f approval on the
methods adopted by the United States
Government to avoid repetition of the
This plan of Certificates of Indebt
edness spreads out the demand that
will be made this fall on the country
at large for the Fourth Loan, and the
money that in realized from raw mate
rials and labor will go through the
channels of commerce and return to
the country for reinvestment this fall.
The certificates form the basis for
a system of credits which will relieve
the country of a great strain It would
experience if the certificate plan had
not been adopted.
Eighth District Bankers Absorb First
Offering of Certificates of
Bankers throughout the Eighth Fed
eral Reserve District are entering
heartily in the Government's plan to
dispose of the $760,000,000 United
States Treasury Certificates of Indebt
edness. The quota for the St. Louis District
la $30,000,000, issued June 25. Similar
offerings of the certificates, not to ex
ceed eight Issues, will be made every
two weeks until the Fourth Liberty
ILoan Campaign. Then these short
term certificates, maturing October
24, may be turned in for the long-term
Liberty Bonds.
By the banks taking the certificates
at each offering, the money goes into
the hands of the Government it is
expended for raw materials and for
labor. Is thrown back Into the chan
nels of commerce and may be used
over and over, and the people not
made to feel the drain that would be
felt It the entire amount were raised
at one time.
The ' Certificates of Indebtedness
plan will relieve the Liberty Loan
Campaign to a large extent and make
Its success all the easier.
A Fact Story Telling Just What the Red Cross
Did for Mme. Pellier.
By an Eye Witness
. This Is the picture I saw last Janu
ary in France, and you have merci
fully changed it I Color enough there
was above, the eternal blue; in the
background, fields of living green,
which the German shells could not
prevent from creeping back; in the
middle foreground, a long village
street so battered and burned that
It was merely a canyon of cream-col
ored ruins. In front of one little
broken house were four figures in
black an old woman, poking among
the fallen stones In a vain search for
something that could be used;
younger woman, seated on what had
once been a doorstep, with her face
hidden In her arms; and a little boy
and girl, who stared, half frightened,
half curious, at the desolation about
them. The little boy held in his thin
hand a Red Cross flag. All four were
pale and gaunt ; the faces and bodies
of the children showed none of the
round curves that make the beauty of
a child.
This is their history: When the
war broke out, Mme. Pellier, her
mother and her four younger children
were visiting her husband's mother in
the north of France. Her husband
and two elder sons were at home in
Lorraine taking care of the summer
crops. Then the war I The mother
In-law of Mme. Pellier was 111 and
could not be left Her old mother
was afraid to travel to Lorraine with
the full care of the four children. Be
fore they could all start together the
Germans invaded. Bad news is allow
ed to come into northern France, and
so as the months passed Mme. Pellier
learned that her village home had been
bombarded and that her husband and
two sons had been killed. Except for
the Belgian Relief Commission, which
operates in northern France also, she
and her little ones would have starved
outright At the best they were un
dernourished. Then the great push
began, and hopes for France grew
high. But as the French soldiers ad
vanced they had to bombard the north
ern towns. Mme. Pellier begged the
Germans to let her go away with her
children even Into Germany. This
was refused. She tried to seek safety
in some cellar whenever there was a
bombardment Nevertheless a shell
killed two of her children.
Found Her Home Gone.
Home gone; husband gone; brave
soldier sons gone; little, tender boys
torn into shreds I That woman's face
would have shown you what she had
suffered her face against the batter
ed ruins the Germans had made. At
last she and her mother and her two
remaining children were repatriated,
They knew the Infinite relief of cross-
I lml t .
How an Italian Officer Traveling on Train
Helped a New
One of the ways to say that a man
Is good hearted Is to descend to ex
pressive American ese slang and say
"he'd give you his shirt"
A young Italian officer did exactly
that gave the shift off his back to a
baby Just born. It was during a flight
of the Italian refugees Just after the
Italian army had been tricked by Uje
Here's the story :
An Italian officer, who had been a
volunteer worker at the station when
the crush came through, walked into
the American Red Cross office at Bo
logna, Italy, and told of a poor young
woman who had given birth to a baby
on the train in which he was riding a
Jew night's previously. They had been
riding for over 16 hours, and the
What Ten Minutes' for Re
freshments Means in
Modern War. -
Think of what refreshments mean
"over there. Think of the Sammle or
the Poilu coming out of the trenches
with a thirty-six hour leave of ab
sence, getting aboard the train or mo
tor on the L. O. C the Line of Com
munication between the front and the
rear. Think of these tired jfeliowi
ing Into Switzerland and then Into
Haute-Savoie. From there they went
to Lorraine. Mme. Pellier hoped that
even though her village had been bom-
barded, her home might have escaped.
She found nothing except her bare
fields. .
Toil rhanirati tht rftiiva ttii imAn.
" "-TI v ' L' t Ti
leans, who can never be bombarded,
who can never lose through war five
out of the seven dearest to you. It
was not your husband and children T . ' Z 7 . ,. ,.
who died; not your wife who was,To gT? the oa fir,ng Une
widowed ; not your little ones who I e '
came back, bony and tubercular, to a We are backing up our service at
home that had vanished. Not yours, ! - the front,
bnt only the grace of accident saved Where toll of 'pain doth mark each
yon ; not yours, but it might have been
and so you changed the picture.- You
could not build up with your own
hands, that heap of stones Into a home,
nor till the fields, nor bring Mme. Pel -
Uer back to hope and the children
back to health. But through the Red
Cross you saved the remnants of that
family that had suffered as you might
have suffered.
Things the Red Cross Did.
You took the mother of Mme. Pel-1
lier to a Red Cross hospital to be treat- I
ed for anaemia. You took the little
girl, who was In the first stages of
tuberculosis, to a Red Cross sani
tarium. You found a place which
could be made habitable for Mme. Pel
lier near her fields which she was
anxious to till. You gave her clothes
and furniture ; you got her seeds ; you
lent her Implements. You sent a vis
iting doctor to watch over her health
and that of her little boy. You sent
nurses, who achieved the mighty vie-
tory of making her and the child take
baths. Later you persuaded her to let
him go to a refuge not far away where
he might attend school and where she
could often visit him. Through the
help of your Red Cross hope and cour
age and ambition have come back to
that woman, and she is '.rebuilding her
family life. The biggest thing one hu
man being can do for another you, If
you are a helper of the Red Cross,
have done for that mother.
Red Crossl I saw Its work every
where In France In fields and In
blasted villages; In hospitals and
schools and clinics; In refuges and
vestiaries for widows and orphans and
for the sick children of soldiers fight
ing to keep you safe from the enemy.
This symbol of help has a double
meaning now for Americans, who have
always taken for granted the blessing
of safety. It stands for your willing
ness to pay the price of exemption, of
pity, of sympathy. A bitter, black
road this road of war, but across it
like a beacon of hope, you have flung
the Red Cross.
Born- Baby.
wretchedly poor and disheartened
mother had been Jammed in with the
hundreds of other frightened Italians
on fhe same train. Hungry, tired and
miserable and in a frightfully weak
ened condition, she had scarcely suffi
cient clothes for herself, not to speak
of properly caring for a newborn babe.
The young officer stripped himself of
his shirt, and there among this fright
ened, half starved, forlorn crowd the
poor Italian infant was wrapped in its
first body covering.
Mother and babe were afterwards
nursed back to health, clothed and
looked after by the American Red
Cross. And this Is only one small, is
olated incident among thousands that
come under the working of the Red
stopping ten minutes for refreshments
at a Red Cross Canteen.
Think of a big cup of hot coffee and
a wealth of man-sized ham sand
wiches served by the Red Cross wo
men with the Joy of service in their
eyes. Think of ten minutes for re
freshments within sound of the guns
such refreshments served by such wo
men. Did ever a weary lad have such
refreshments? Did ever a cup of cof
fee and a sandwich taste so good?
It is service like this, the supplying'
of "food that's got a homey taste" at
p. time when a man's spirits are likely
to be at lowest ebb, that moved a Com
manding General of the American
Forces to write on December 30 : "The
extent of the work of the Red Cross
is only limited by the number of mem
bera it has and the amount of funds
available for i use."
L un
Written for the Liberty Loan Organi
zation of the Eighth Federal
Reserve District
Wo are backing up the boys at the
front, " '
Our soldier boys, the flower of our
youth, .
Who answered Freedom's call
And are gladly giving all
For liberty, for justioe and for truth.
We are working for our heroes at the
Who nobly bear the brunt of shot
and shell.
For, backed by love untold.
And bullets made of gold,
They will rescue all the world from
German Hell.
We are backing up our sailors on
the sea.
So gallantly a-standing by their guns,
'Mld perils of the deep
Where deadly U-boats creep
r do the baneful bidding of the Huqs!
' r . , ,
1 are DackmS UP our blrdmen at
the front,
, Whose dauntless souls no sense of
fear can know.
Patrolmen of the skv.
O'er" hostile lines they fly
victory won,
That nurse with Cross of Red
May hover o'er each bed
To Boothe and comfort every mother's
. Bon.
, We are backing up our colors at the
I front
Old Glory shall never brook disgrace.
O lift it high and higher,
TLat its message may inspire
A spirit of world-freedom for the race.
To back our allied forces at the front
Is the urge of Our Liberty Loan
Each Liberty Bond we hold
Is a handicap of gold
To bind the Beast forevermore in
"Bring your tithes into my store
house," Freedom calls,
Make every hoarded dollar do its
With patriotic thrill
And zeal of Bunker Hill
r0h up minions for the boy's "over
Even a $50 Investment Will Do Much
for 8ome Boy "Over
When you subscribe to the next Lib
erty Loan you not only make a good
investment, but contribute in a direct
and practical way to feeding and
equipping the army or navy.
Here are a few of the things even a
small Investment in the bonds will ac
complish. They are taken from a list
prepared by the Treasury Depart
ment, and there are many others:
One $50 bond will buy trench knives
for a rifle company, or 23 hand gren
ades, or 14 rifle grenades, or 37 cases
of surgical instruments for enlisted
men's belts, or 10 cases of surgical
instruments for officers' belts.
A $100 bond will clothe a soldier, or
feed a soldier for eight months, or
purchase five rifles or 30 rifle gren
ades, or 43 hand grenades, or 25
pounds of ether, or 145 howater bags,
or 2,000 surgical needles.
A $100 and a $50 bond will clothe
and equip an infantry soldier for serv
ice overseas, or feed a soldier for a
Two $100 bonds will purchase a
horse or mule for cavalry, artillery or
other service.
, Three $100 bonds will clothe a sol
dier and feed htm for one year in
France, or buy a motorcycle for a ma
chime gun company.
Four $100 bonds will buy an X-ray
One $500 bond will supply bicycles
for the headquarters company of an
Infantry regiment
Investing In Liberty Bonds Keeps the
Government's Machinery .
in Motion. '
Every farmer has seen a windmill
Millions of farmers own one or maybe
two. And every farmer knows that a
windmill can't go without wind. There
Is an old-fashioned expression about
"raising the wind," meaning that one
la raising the money for some venture.
Uncle Sam is raising the wind at
this time for one of the biggest Jobs
he ever has had on his hands. It Is
up to all of us to help out The pur
chase of Liberty Bonds will make cer
tain the turning of the machinery that
will defeat the common enemy.
The motion picture exhibitors of
Los Angeles have Inaugurated a move-'
ment for "Liberty Loan Night" at
every theater in the city, in accord
ance With planB now being formulated
by a committee of the' National Asso
ciation of Motion Picture Industry.
Exhibitors throughout, the United
States will be supplied with posters.
slides and other material to be used
hy the theaters in thla campaign,
- 1
rational Goal of $112,000,000 Includes
$15,000,000 For War Work Of Y,
W. C. A. Southeast Asked
For $5,000,000 .
The quotas for the seven states of
the Southeastern Department for the
next financial drive of the National
War Work Council of the Y. M. C A.
for $112,000,000, which will take Dlace
late in the fall were decided upon last
week! by delegates from each of the
states. Seven hundred delegates from
the seven states of the Southeastern
Department recently met with the na
tion's leading Y. M. C. A. workers at
the Capital City Club of Atlanta, Ga.
The quotas for the Southeastern
states, totaling approximately $5,000.-
000, were decided upon as follows:
Florida, $577,584: Georgia. $1,043.-
784; Mississippi, $280,000; North Caro
lina, $680,288: South. Carolina. $644.-
896; Tennessee, $1,095,920; Alabama,
$504,000. ,
$15,000,000 to the-Y. W. C. A.
Of the total amount $15,000,000 will
be turned over to the Youne Women's
Christian Association in order that
they may carry on the manv war ac
tivities that they have undertaken. '
kvery town and community of
the Southeast was reDresented hr
its leading citizens at the conference.
Chief among the international figures
were Dr. John R. Mott General Secre
tary of the National War Work Coun
cil, ueo. w. Perkins, former leader.
jf the Bull Moose party, a member
at the executive board of the United
States Steel Corporation and now
chairman of the Army and Navy Y.
M. C. A. bureau of finance.1 Other
In the party were A. H. Whitford and:
Chas. S. Ward, directors of the na
tional campaign, and A. M. Cotton of
the Boys' Earn and Give Campaign.
The "Yk" Men Are To Be
round Where Battle Is Hot
"If you want to know what the Y. M.
f. A: means to the soldiers, sro where
the fighting is hot," is the reeular
reply of the American soldiers In
Ftance, according to a cablegram re-
seived recently by the National War
Work Council telling of more secre
taries who have been under liquid
Ire attacks, as well as sras and shell
Ire. The American Expeditionary bf-
scers nave sent scores of letters to
.he Paris headquarters of . the "Y"
praising the work of the Red Triangle
workers, declaring them to be indis-
jensable. . .
More than a thousand "Y" secre-
:aries are In advanced positions and
lugouts under constant shell fire,
There are no quitters and they re
vise to be relieved, saying that where
he troops go the Y. M. C. A. will stick.
For Overseas Work With Red Triangle
Forces 500 Recruits Asked For
Out Of Southeast During July
"Pass the word on, and pass It
quickly, that 500 of the most capable,
Pflrnpnt nnri hicr annloH Ph.luHnn ktiol.
ness men are needed immediately out
of the Southeastern Department for
overseas work with the Red Triangle
Forces," according to Dr. W. W. Alex
ander, director of the War Personnel
Bureau, Army and Navy Y. M. C. A.,
for the Southeastern Department. The
quota of 500 foi the department for the
past month was exceeded by 128 en
listments. The call now comes for executives,,
of much business experience and spe
cialists in all lines. No man in Amer
ica is 00 big for the smallest Y. M.
C. A. Job "Over There." Today the
leading men of the -nation are volun
teering for the worR: , Bank presi
dents, college presidents, office hold
ers. DOlitical leaders, religious leaders
and hundreds of corporation heads
are giving all time to the work with
America's Sons in France.
State recruiting committees are op
erating in the seven Southeastern
states. , Information as to the oppor
tunities and the work can be secured . '
through the state recruiting secreta-
ries, as follows:
Chas. M. Norfleet Y. ' M. C. A.,
Winston-Salem, N. C. '
Heath Bartow, Y. M. C. A., Colum
bia, S. C. '
W. E. Hearon, Y. M. C. A., Atlanta,
O. E. Maple, Y. M. C. A., Jackson
ville, Fla.
Truman L. McGill, Y. M. C. A., Bir
mingham, Ala.
Dr. J. Watt Raine, Edwards Hotel,
Jackson, Miss.
F. M. Massey, Y. M. C. A., Nashville
ToVlntr hi Proix de Guerra from.
his own breast a French army cap-
tain, by orders of his general, pinned
It on the coat of Edwin Ely, of No. 7
West Eighty-eighth street New York.
according to a cablegram Just received-
from overseas. Mr. Ely Is a Y. M. C
A. secretary of a Foyer du Soldat
Ely was later invited to dinner by
the Commanding General. When he
entered all the officers stood at salute
nntil he was seated at the side of tlvr

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