Mail Tribune 100

Nov. 3, 1917 Continued


Every man in the American army is just as human as you are. He is encouraged or discouraged in the same way. He is moved in every-day thought and action by the same impulses as those to which you respond. He is a machine no more than you are.

These are the simple facts behind the war camp community recreation fund. It is "the spirit of America fund." That is the spirit that actuates the American soldier when he risks his life to save yours and your property.

The fund which should be largely contributed at the mass meeting to be held in the Presbyterian church Sunday evening will be used to provide the right sort of social contact between the citizens in the war camp communities an the soldiers.

Cost $3 Per Man

Experience in over sixty cities in which this work has been started has shown that the cost will average $3 per man for the year. There are approximately 1,250,000 troops already in camp or due to arrive shortly from the first contingent of the draft army. This means that $3,750,000 will be needed to take care of the troops in war camp cities during the next twelve months. Therefore, $3,750,000 is the financial goal of this campaign; and Medford's quota of that amount is the small sum of $800.

The men from any given community are likely to be assigned to widely separate camps to be trained for various kinds of military service. Their welfare can be subserved only by a central agency that will look after the interests of all the men from all the communities in all the camps all the time.

National Campaign

A national campaign to induce each community to raise its proportional share of the total cost is consequently the only means by which the work can be financed. It will be concentrated in the communities near the training camps. The social, religious and recreational activities inside camp lines are being very well taken care of by the Young Men's Christian Association and other agencies. The relations of these various organizations to one another are intimate and essential.

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