National Geographic : 1917 May
Photograph from Brown Brothers AN AMERICAN AMBULANCE ROLLING THROUGH A RUINED TOWN IN FRANCE The locomotive engineers of one of our great Western railway systems have asked their general manager to deduct from their wages during the period of the war a voluntary con tribution of fifty cents a month. There are 450,000 men in the train service, and that would mean a substantial contribution to the Red Cross. hyphen, but it behooves us, as a free, lib erty-loving people, to get over that sus picion, to dispel from our hearts rancor and hatred, because the fire of American ism has fused that hyphen in an incred ibly short time, and we must assume that the German-American today is one with us, and that free America, with all its citizenship, is going in whole-heartedly, with money and with men, to fight for a free world. NO TIME TO COUNT THE COST What is that going to cost us? We must not count the cost, though that cost will be terrific. It has already over whelmed the nations of Europe. The blood and the travail of Europe thus far, terrible as it has been, may be justified by the birth of a great nation, the United States of Russia, and I pray God de voutly that the last stages of this war, terrible as they are going to be, awful as will be the cost, may be justified by the birth of another great nation, the United States of Germany! It devolves upon this great organiza tion, the American Red Cross, first to heal the suffering of the combatants, first to look after our soldiers and to help the soldiers of our allies. But after that, do not let us forget our duty to the innocent victims in this war, because after this war the nations that have been belligerents and engaged in the war are going to be so seriously crippled that they will have to give all their strength to recuperation. They cannot give to their people. It is going to devolve upon this nation to go in there, remembering our duty, re membering the fate of Belgium and Po land, to resuscitate those people and give them hope and prove to them that there is a God in Heaven, and that liberty is worth any price!