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Indianapolis Indiana Bulletin (Newspaper) - November 16, 1917, Indianapolis, Indiana
Every pacifist speech in this country made at this Inopportune and improper time is in effect . G. bulletins Ublia key Svery Friola Hytko. Indiana state Council of defense volume i Indianapolis ind., november 16,1917 number 14women of Indiana preparing for War registration for such emergency work As their experience and willingness justify. One week after its organization w. W. Gifford of the Council of National defense requested the appointment of three women to Confer with the woman s Power committee. The Council of defense in ten Days afterwards organized the National woman s Council and in april the women s committee of the Council of National defense was established at the capital with or. Anna Howard Shaw As chairman. State and local chairmen were then named and private organizations of women interested in patriotic activities were coordinated. The registration of Indiana women for patriotic service began very soon after the outbreak of the War with Germany. It was one of the first major activities of the women s Section. Registration cards were issued through the women members of the county councils of the state. The cards contained a statement of the object of the registration As follows Quot to co ordinate and standardize the work of the women of Indiana along lines of constructive patriotism this Effort is being made to secure the registry of the women who Are ready to Volunteer their services in time of the form of the card followed. It asked first for the name and full address of the signer with the Date. Age and nationality of parents were asked and Blanks left for an indication of whether any member of the family was in the service of the United states army or Navy. The questionnaire which followed covered education and experience asking specifically for ability As a linguist. The availability of the signer for voluntary and paid work was asked present occupation and whether anything was being done for red Cross French Relief or Navy league work. By a checking system the signer then was expected to set Forth the lines she thought herself Best fitted to follow in the event there came a Call As outlined. Social and welfare work including factory inspection social club work housing and feed no Industrial workers Industrial canteens Railroad station canteens and cooperation in caring for the families of militiamen visiting and investigating commissariat cooking and purchasing agricultural gardening poultry raising Dairying Industrial shops factories medical and nursing assistant in Hospital making Home supplies motor driving general service executive stenography card cataloguing sewing mending knitting laundering scrubbing clerical work telegraphy switchboard signalling and filing. In order that there be no misunderstanding As to what these classifications mean it might be Well to make a few explanations Here. Under the head of social and welfare work is the classification Quot factory this applies to working conditions within the factory and not to the examination of big machines and Power transmission nor to the output of the factory where women and girls Are employed there is often occasion too to inquire into the moral safeguards that have been provided by the employer. Quot housing and feeding Quot also Means an inquiry into the conditions under which factory or emergency War workers live and Are fed. Industrial canteens often Are established in factories or nearby and they too must be kept sanitary prices reasonable and properly supervised. Social club work Means Community work seeing that the poor have sufficient recreation and Areline up it Ain t the guns nor armament. Nor funds that they can pay but the close co operation that makes them win the Day. It Ain t the individuals nor the Arispy As a whole but the everlasting team work of every Bloomin soul. A Rudyard Kipling. Rendered As nearly contended As possible. Railroad canteens have been found necessary where the workmen Are subject to Long hours and Are taxed to the limit of their physical capacity. Soldiers too Are fed at Railroad canteens while Enro Ute under orders. Visiting the families of men in the Federal service providing them with food and clothing where needed in order to maintain a Good morale both at the fighting front and at hospitals is highly essential in War time. Under the Quot commissariat Quot classification comes the ability and willingness to Cook for canteens. Purchasing includes buying supplies for canteens. Industrial work Means Only such work As the signer May have experienced in shop or factory and would willingly perform again. Medical and nursing work and motor driving which Are now very common in Europe among women Are duties that must fall to american women with the continuation of the War. It should not be understood that the government is asking anyone to work without pay where their financial ability does not justify. Nor is it asking any woman to work her entire time if she has other obligations. It desires such women As will work All or part time and wants to know whether they expect pay or not. Secretary Millhouse of the Indianapolis civil be vice Board asks As soon As our registration is Complete that he be permitted to use the names of All women who have been stenographers. Why to enlist them for free service no indeed. The government wants stenographers. It wants them so badly that it is paying from $100 to $250 More per year for beginners than Ever before. So Here is a practical use of this registration. Uncle Sam will pay these women Well. He needs them and there must be Many who can serve if they will. In conclusion the question was asked what part of signer s time might be expected if she were to be called upon and whether she would willingly leave Home and go to any locality assigned. It is quite Clear that the entire proposition was and is voluntary. The absence of either Federal or state Law calling for such a census forced the registration officers to depend upon their ability to make the average woman understand that the signature bound the Signor to absolutely nothing except what she was ready to do voluntarily and from patriotic motives. The usual enemy opposition developed and such statements As the one which conveyed the suggestion that this was a Quot draft of women Quot that the government would later require women to perform such tasks As she admitted she was Able to perform that the information put Down on the cards would be used by conscription boards As an evidence of the woman being Able to support herself should her husband be called on for army service and others equally traitorous and More maliciously false became common. It is even now the deception misrepresentation and ignorance of the women of Indiana that is retarding the Success of this highly important work. England had been in the great War less than continued on Page 5. Soldiers Tell How lies May originate Corporal says enlisted men Given garments knit by red Cross perhaps sell them. Silly and absurdly false stories of red Cross sweaters Quot sold Quot to soldiers Are completely refuted by soldiers themselves. It is not difficult to show that where a sweater is Quot sold Quot to a Soldier it is merely a Case where some thoughtless recruit has disposed of his red Cross gift sweater to a Camp Follower who has sold it elsewhere to some other Soldier who can see the value of the garment. As the sweaters Are being issued free to regiments that have been ordered to the front those regiments which Are still waiting for orders and for sweaters provide a Market where the peddle can sell the goods he May have picked up in the expeditionary forces. Corporal Paul t. Cunningham a Kentland ind., Man of the regular Field artillery writing from Camp Robinson wis., flatly denies that red Cross sweaters have been sold in that Camp and says further that enlisted men have been issued the knit goods ahead of commissioned officers. In a letter to mrs. Cora Garland supervisor of the red Cross shop at Logansport ind., Corporal Cunningham says in part Quot i was somewhat surprised to get such a communication As yours and i assure you i am very glad to get the Opportunity to contradict the rumours afloat that soldiers have to Purchase the knitted articles that the red Cross is furnishing the army. I can very emphatically say that nothing of that kind has happened in this Camp and there has been two regiments equipped with sweaters socks mufflers and wristlets. Not Only that but the enlisted men have All been equipped before the officers. Quot All these articles Are very useful and also much appreciated by the soldiers although we Are furnished with plenty of warm clothing by the government such articles As these will go a Long ways towards making life bearable in the trenches. The ones they Are furnishing these articles to now Are those nearest ready to go to France. Our regiment is All packed up and awaiting orders for movement to the Eastern coast and then for France. We Are All anxious to get Over there and see what is going on and we also realize that the sooner Uncle Sam gets a million Over there the sooner it will be ended. Quot even though this is the regular army and made up of men from All Over the country there Are about 35 per cent of this Battery from Indiana which certainly makes a Good showing for the Hoosier state. Quot again stating that i am very much pleased to get this Chance to thank the red Cross for my share in the fruits of this wonderful work and assure you All of us would like to one Benefit of the War is that it has induced Consumers to study foods and food patriotism. Aden j. Steel a a Hemfield Greene county Coal dealer has announced that As a War measure of patriotism he will Supply fuel at Cost to All mothers and wives in a Bloomfield who Are dependent on soldiers
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