RED CROSS GIFTS
War Council on Retirement An
nounces Cash and Supplies
WORKERS WILL “CARRY ON.”
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American Red Cross Commission.
Dr. Livingston Farrand Permanent
Leader of Peace Organization.
Washington.— (Special.)—Henry P.
Davison as chairman issues the follow
ing statement on behalf of the War
Council of the American Red Cross:
“To the American People:
“The War SoinncTl o? tTie American
Red Cross appointed by President Wil
son on May 10, 1917, to carry on the
■work of the American Red Cross dur
ing the war, at their request and by
vote of the Central Committee, ceased
at midnight, February 28.
“Immediately the armistice was
signed the War Council instituted
studies to determine when the strict
ly war work of the organization would
have been sufficiently matured to en
able the direction of affairs to be re
sumed by the permanent staff. Henry
P. Davison, being in Paris when the
armistice was signed, summoned a
conference there of the heads of all
the Red Cross Commissions in Europe
to canvass the After con
sidering all the factors it was con
cluded to make the transition on
March 1. The very fortunate choice
of Dr. Livingston Farrand as the new
chairman of the Central Committee,
and thereby the permanent chief ex
ecutive of the Red Cross, makes possi
ble the consummation of this plan un
der the most favorable conditions.
Accounts Audited by War Department
“Detailed reports to Congress and a
complete audit of its accounts by the
War Department will constitute the
final record of Red Cross activity dur
ing the war. Although it has been
the rule to make public all expendi
tures when authoriized and to give de
tailed information relative to all work
undertaken, the War Council in turn
ing over its responsibilities to Dr. Far
rand and his associates desire to give
a brief resume of Red Cross war time
activities to the American people, to
whom the Red Cross belong, and whose
generous contributions have made pos
sible all that has been accomplished.
“During the past nearly twenty-one
pionths the American people have
given in cash and supplies to the
Lmeriean Red Cross more than $400,-
000,000. No value can be placed upon
the contributions of service which
have been given without stint and of
tentimes at great sacrifice by millions
of our people.
“The effort of the American Red
Cross in this war has constituted by
far the largest voluntary gifts of
money, of hand and heart, ever con
tributed purely for the relief of hu
man suffering. Through the Red Cross
the heart and spirit of the whole
American people have been mobilized
to take care of our own, to relieve the
misery incident to the war, and also
to reveal to the world the supreme
ideals of our national life.
“Everyone who has had any part in
this war effort of the Red Cross is en
titled to congratulate himself. No
thunks from anyone could be equal in
value to the self satisfaction every
one should feel for the part taken.
Fully 8,000,000 American women have
exerted themselves in Red Cross serv
Has Over 17,000,000 Adult Members,
“When we entered the war the
American Red Cross had about 500,000
members^, Today, as the result of the
recent Christmas membership Roll
Call, there are upwards of 17,000.000
full paid members outside of the mem
bers of the junior Red Cross, number
ing perhaps 9,000,000 school children
“The chief effort of the Red Crops
during the war has been to care for
our men in service and to aid our
army and navy wherever the Red
Cross may be called on to assist. As
to this phase of the work Surgeon Gen
eral Ireland of the U. 8. Army recent
ly said: "The Red Cross has been an
enterprise as vast as the war itself.
From the beginning it has done those
things which the Army Medical Corps
wanted done, but could not do itself.’
“The Red Cross endeavor In France
has naturally been upon an exception
ally large scale where service has
been rendered to the American Army
and to the French Army and the
French people as well, the latter par
ticularly during the trying period
when the Allied World was waiting
for the American Army to arise in
force and power. Hospital emergency
service for our army in France has
greatly diminished, but the Red Cross
Is still being called upon for service
upon a large scale In the great base
hospitals, where thousands of Ameri
can sick and wounded are still receiv
ing attention. At these hospitals the
Red Cross supplies huts and facilities
for the amusement and recreation of
the men as they become convalescent.
Our Army of Occupation in Germany
was followed with Medical units pre
pared to render the same emergency
aid and supply service which was the
primary business of the Rod Cross
.during hostilities. The Army Canteen
■Bervice along the lines of travel ha*
actually increased since the armistice.
“As for work among the French peo
ple, now that hostilities have ceased,
the French themselves naturally pre
fer as far as possible to provide for
their own. It has accordingly been de
termined that the guiding principle of
Red Cross policy in France henceforth
shall be to have punctilious regard to
its every hut to.direct
its efforts primarily tft assisting
French relief societies. The liberated
and devastated regions of France have
been divided by the government into
small districts, each officially assigned
to a designated French relief organi
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American Red Cross in
France was initiated by a commission
of eighteen men who landed on French
shores June 13, 1917. Sjince then
some 9,000 persons have been upon the
rolls in France, of whom 7,000 were
actively engaged when the armistice
was signed. An indication of the pres
ent scale of the work will be obtained
from the fact that the services of 0,000
persons are still required.
“Our American Expeditionary Force
having largely evacuated England, the
activities of the Red Cross Commis
sion there are naturally upon a dimin
ishing scale period. Active operations
are still in progress in Archangel and
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“The work in Italy has heen almost
entirely on behalf of the civilian pop
ulation of that country. In the critical
hours of Italy’s struggle the American
people, through their Red Cross, sent
a practical message of sympathy and
relief, for which the government and
people of Italy have never ceased to
express their gratitude.
Supplies and Personnel to Near East.
“The occasion for such concentra
tion of effort in Italy, England, Bel
gium and even in France having natur
ally and normally diminished, it has
been possible to divert supplies and
personnel in large measure to the aid
of those people in tiie Near East who
have hitherto been inaccessible to out
side assistance, but whose sufferings
have been upon an appalling scale.
The needs of these peoples nre so vast
that government alone can meet them,
but the American Red Cross is making
an effort to relieve immediately the
more acute d/stress*.
“An extensive group of American
workers has heen dispatched to carry
vitally needed supplies, and to work
this winter in the various Balkan coun
tries. In order to co-ordinate their ac
tivities, a Balkan commission has been
established, with headquarters at
Rome, Italy, from which point alone
all the Balkan centers can be reached
“A commission has just reached Po
land with doctors and nurses, medical
supplies, and food for sick children
and invalids. An American Red Cross
Commission has also been appointed
to aid in relieving the suffering of Rus
sian prisoners still confined in German
“An important commission is still
working in Palestine. Through the
war special co-operation has been
given tq the Armenian and Syrian Re
lief Commission, which was the only
agency able to carry relief in the in
terior of Turkish dominions.
Red Cross Will Continue.
“Red Cross effort is thus far flung.
It will continue to be so. But the
movement represented by this work
has likewise assumed an intimate place
in the daily life of our people at home.
The army of workers which has been
recruited and trained during the war
must not be demobilized. All our ex
perience in the war shows clearly that
there is an unlimited field for service
of the kind which can be performed
with peculiar effectiveness by the Red
Cross. What Its future tasks may be
It is yet impossible to forecast. We
know that so long as there is an Amer
ican army in the field the Red Cross
will have a special function to perform.
“Nothing could be of greater impor
tance to the American Red Cross than
the plans just set in motion by the five
great Red Cross societies of the world
to develop a program of extended ac
tivities in the interest of humanity.
The conception involves not alone ef
forts to relieve human suffering, but
to prevent it; not alone a movement
by the people of an individual nation,
but an attempt to arouse all people to
a sense of their responsibility for the
welfare of their fellow’ beings through
out the world. It is a program both
ideal and practical. Ideal In that its
supreme aim is nothing less than ver
itable “Peace on earth good will to
men,” and practical in that it seeks to
take means and measures which are
actually available and make them ef
fective in meeting without delay the
crisis which is daily recurrent in the
lives of all peoples.
“For accomplishing its mission in
the years of peace which must lie
ahead of us the Red Cross will require
the ablest possible leadership, and
must enjoy the continued support, sym
pathy, and participation in its work
of the whole American people. It is
particularly fortunate that such a man
as Dr. Livingston Farrand should have
been selected as the permanent head
of the organization. The unstinted
fashion in which all our people gave
of themselves throughout the war is
the best assurance that our Red Cross
will continue to receive that co-opera
tion which will make its work a source
of pride and inspiration to every Amer
Mr. Davison, as chairman of the In
ternational Commission of the Ameri
can Red Cross, has undertaken to rep
resent the American Reri Cross in the
preparation of the program for extend
ed Red Cross activities, and will spend
the next several months in Europe in
consultation with other Red Cross soci
eties for that purpose.
THE WAR COUNCIL OF THE AMER
ICAN RED CROSS.
Henry P. Davison, Chairman.
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thing except the (rambling that was
stopped by the government at the be
ginning of the war is at the disposal
of the Americans. Golf and tennis and
other athletic sports, bathing, boating
and the companionship of the local
population are the most popular at
Eliminating Poison ivy.
The cheapest and most effective
method of eliminating poison ivy, ac
cording to experts of the United States
department of agriculture, is the sim
ple one of rooting up the plants and de
stroying them. If the poison ivy is in
large fields it may be necessary to
plow and cultivate the land. Ivy on
large trees, stone walls and buildings
can be killed by arsenate of soda, at
the rate of two pounds to ten gallons
of water. Two or three applications
Some Shade in All Lives.
Persons who foolishly conclude that
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when they least expect it, he rudely
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Earning and Spending.
Earning money keeps some men
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drives some women farther away from
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Substitute That Shines.
“These Welsh rabbits,” said the man
ivho was trying <ine for the first time,
‘ain’t had substitutes for the real
Paper clothing has long been known,
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of waterproofing cloth made from
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life of the garment. Some paper cloth
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Little Mary Was Angry.
Mary was p'ajlng on the floor with
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Rule Without Exceptions.
People differ in their opinion about
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Grandmother In Eighteen Days.
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inous arm es of these insects that may
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Their worst foe is a tiny black four
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One for Each Window.
The worst thing about the profuse
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Growing Cotton in Winter.
Experiments have shown that, with
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grown in winter in the Sudan and ex
perts believe that 2.500.000 ucres la
one region can be Irrigated.
Striving After Strength.
We think that w£ shall win truth
by striving after strength, instead of
knowing that we shall gain strength
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True and False Freedom.
There are two freedoms —the false,
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tator when his futher shaved. One
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case. One of the mysteries of life is
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