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Mail Tribune 100, June 1, 1918, continued

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

June 1, 1918, continued

WOMEN IN WAR WORK

From the goods now being received at the Red Cross bureau of supplies at the Seattle headquarters it must be concluded that there is much misunderstanding throughout the division about what may be sent under the name of refugee garments.

Before any call was made for refugee garments the Red Cross sent two representatives abroad through all the accessible districts where refugee garments were needed. As a result of this mission Pamphlets A. R. C. 407, 408 and 409 were issued, showing exactly what garments the Red Cross wants and their color, cut and material. No chapter and no division is authorized to ship anything unless found in these pamphlets or in specific calls sent out by the Junior Red Cross.

An opportunity was given in March, but not by but through the Red Cross, to send to Belgium useful garments and materials not conforming to the Red Cross pamphlets. No such opportunity at present exists.

Please understand, therefore, that in the future no garments must be sent which do not conform exactly to the Red Cross patterns and the pamphlets and specifications as sent you by your own division.

If the supply warehouse continues to receive boxes of nondescript garments, such boxes will be returned to the sender, freight collect.

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The greatest lesson for America to learn in this war is the subordination of individualism, so that we many work together as a mass.

The following are taken from talks given at the Red Cross institute recently held in Seattle:

Eliminate the idea of sacrifice. Replace it by the idea of service.

In this war, women are to be considered the second line trenches.

Anyone who will not work to win this war is as much a Hun as the men who are fighting against our boys over there.

Our orders are absolutely dependent upon conditions in France. We must obey them, we must do the work we are asked to do, and stop doing it when we are asked to stop.

It is commonplace to say that people will co-operate in Red Cross work, who have not learned to co-operate in any other way. It is also true that those who have learned to co-operate in Red Cross work will carry that co-operation on into the meeting of community problems after the war.

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