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Chicago Farmers Wife (Newspaper) - February 1, 1918, Chicago, IllinoisA i "1� a woman s farm journal volume Twenty number nine St. Paul minn., february 1918have you a Soldier in Camp then you understand what these Camp Homes mean to him by the visitor. He sat beside me on the Dingy train crawling from the town of manhat Tan across the Kansas Plains toys Quot Camp Funston. Our feet were i jammed against suit cases. The aisles were crowded with men and women Jour Fei keying. Like us to the big new City of in a sixty thousand Khaki Clad men. I. She had come from a farm in Central be i Nebraska. Father and her younger Broth a Quot Fern she pointed them out in the crowded up aisle and she were on their Way to 1 a a see her brother in the drafted army i Pat Funston. We they had been three Days on the Way journeying in the Day coaches a of wearily slow trains waiting Long hours of the night in lonely Sta amp tons to Quot make they a a would arrive at Camp Funston at a s in the afternoon they must a a vile ave at five. Two Brief precious i hours to spend with the Soldier and son her brother was the Only farm boy who had been drafted from their a neighbourhood. Yes father would f amiss him. The Little brother could a not yet do a Man s work and a Many a labor missed from the farm these Days made a difference. They had k left Mother at Home on the farm. She was not Well enough to come. Then when we set ourselves Down bags and suit cases on the a. Stretches of Sand at Funston a sea of Khaki soldiers surged in on us Quot meeting mothers and Sisters and a wives and sweethearts who had 1v come on the train. The Little farm girl was As be a a Wilde red As i. Among the uni. Formed thousands neither of us saw in the familiar face she sought. I possibly i did not realize that Al. Ready in october hostess houses a could be things of Wood and Glass. And furniture. At a y. W. C. A. Board meeting three weeks previously i had seen them on paper. I fancied they were still in the Archi. The ctr a hands i did not dream that carpenters could so swiftly have made them realities. So we stood there a forlorn group of four More desolate than we should have been alone and in. Known in Chicago or new York for those cities have a a traffic cops Quot and. Travellers aides. Here in the Mush j room army City soldiers shrugged a their shoulders were sorry but could j give us no least suggestion. I was a in a panic because my new friends were wasting precious moments of / their two hours visit. Ahead of us i saw Quot information ticketed Large but a line of two Hundred persons preceded me to the window. Then again i appealed to j a passing Soldier. A j Quot if you can find an officer lady f maybe he can help you a Volunteer de the Man. He had no other suggestion. I spurs and shoulder straps plunged toward them and poured out our Story. A major Richardson he a the adjutant 2 at fort Quot but Isnit this Riley Quot i protested. Quot no. Riley s three or four mile s beyond a where can i get a taxi to go there and where can this girl and her father and brother find the brother they came to see a the officer raised his crop to Beckon a Soldier. The Soldier came saluted. Quot on duty Winters of a no Quot carry these bags to the hostess House. Get a taxi there to take this lady to Riley. Ask the Secretary to Telephone to the Barracks and Tell private Burns his sister and brother and father Are waiting there to see the hostess House in a Flash i knew our troubles were Over. Before the y. W. C. A. Secretary telephoned for my taxi she had private Burns on the wire and Burns was telling his Sweet faced sister that he would be at the hostess House before she could say Jack of the commandants of the Camps. Ten houses Are now finished and in use. Twenty five houses Are being built As fast As carpenters and masons can work. More Are promised. Requests for others come daily by letter and by Telegram from the commandants. Quot a hostess House in every one of the Hundred Odd Camps and training grounds is the aim of the War work Council. Before next june the Council plans to House our american lads Are not Camp hard knew. They still have the Home-sen8e. It 18 this h0me-8en8e that sends them flocking to the wide verandas and cheerful reception rooms where they with their mothers wives and sweethearts Are warmly welcomed in the genuine spirit of Home by Ginial hostesses Robinson. They waved a Radiant Good by to me from the Steps of the hostess House and 1 knew that the jewelled moments left to them would be spent with private Burns before the big open fire in the living room of the hostess House a god built Rescue in the turbulent new City of Funston. Who has provided the hostess houses of our army Camps Mary Alden Hopkins a prominent writer has explained a to our vast army a wonderful gift is made by the War work Council of the National Board of the Young women s Christian association. Hostess houses Are being built in the training and mobilization Camps in our country. The War work Council is doing this with government Sanction and at the direct request raise and spend four million dollars. Of this Large sum nine Hundred thousand dollars go into hostess houses. A the importance of these hospitality houses is Clear to every wife who has been to a Camp to discuss family finances with her husband every Mother who has carried a chocolate cake to her boy Evert sweetheart who has gone with a Gay smile and a sick heart in Brief every woman who has tried to see her Man in Camp is grateful to find one spot where she has a right to be. A the Cantonment Are great cities but they have no Street car lines. One huge Barracks after another one Dusty treeless Street after another and thousands upon thousands of men All dressed in the same uniform make a search for one Man a hopeless task for strangers. Quot Camp Lewis in Washington state Between Vancouver and Bremerton is seven Miles Long. A hostess House is at the Entrance. The Mother or sister or wife goes to the hostess House the Soldier is reached by Telephone and he comes to the House to visit with his family in the Large cheerful reception room. A at Camp Funston fort Riley Kansas the commandant could not wait for the House to be finished so pressing was the need. From All Over the Prairies on sunday came families a in their motor ears. The Hal finished House sheltered dozens of Happy Box picnic parties. A Down at Camp Cody Deming new Mexico before the War work Council took the matter in hand a girl sat up All night in a cab in a. Garage just because it was not anybody a business to find her a Safe boarding place for the night. A a hostess House is in use in Allentown Pennsylvania where the ambulance men Are trained. New York is Well fitted out with houses at Camp Upton Yaphank at Plattsburg and at fort Niagara Youngstown. New houses Are being opened in the different states each week. Tents and borrowed rooms Are utilized meantime. A the work undertaken by the War work Council is a big one. The names of the Council members guarantee that it will be accomplished. Mrs. Henry p. Davison is the treasurer. Her husband is a partner in the banking firm of j. P. Morgan and company and is known in every Home As the guiding hand of the american red Cross. Mrs. James Stewart Cushman is chairman of the Council. Mrs. John d. Rockefeller Junior is a member. A the Church is Well represented on the Council. Mrs. John r. Mott wife of the Secretary of the International committee of the Young menus Christian association is very prominent. Mrs. Robert e. Speer whose husband is Secretary of the presbyterian Board of foreign missions gives time and thought to the activities of the Council. A the names of other women indicate the close co operation Between the Council and the government. Mrs. Josephus Daniels wife of the Secretary of the Navy and mrs. Robert Lansing wife of the Secretary of state Are members. Mrs. Robert Bacon whose husband was formerly ambassador to France collected fifty five thousand dollars for hostess houses at Camp Upton Yaphank new York. Quot the army of girls called to War work in America is another charge on Julie hearts of the War work Council. Even a Cantonment cannot keep House without women s help. These women must be lodged and fed. Every Cantonment must have Telephone girls Telegraph a girls typewriter girls clerks and la undresses. One government uniform factory alone in Charleston South Carolina employs a thousand girls. A while this is All emergency work it is not Hasty work. Every one of these plans is in reality development of lines of work already successfully carried on by the association. The new work is based on the experience of years. The Young women a Christian association has cared for women thru Many quiet years the War work Council takes up the work in time of
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