National Geographic : 1917 Sep
PRACTICAL PATRIOTISM M EMBERS of the National Geo graphic Society will be highly gratified to learn of the many important ways in which their organiza tion has been able to cooperate with the national government in this critical hour of our country's history. When the draft law was passed, a tre mendous burden was thrown upon the offices of the Provost Marshal General in the mailing of special instructions to thousands of officers throughout the country, where Io,ooo,ooo men were to register. In this emergency the services of all the graphotype machines used in making stenciled addresses for the GEO GRAPHIC were offered. The offer was ac cepted at once, and the entire force of young men employed in the addressing department volunteered to work day and night in making the thousands of stencils which the government required, and the work was thus completed in record time and without expense to the War Depart ment. Several hundred young ladies of the staff have made innumerable sweaters, neckpieces, and socks for our sailors and soldiers, and bandages, towels, sheets,etc., for the Red Cross, and have, further more, equipped themselves for emergency by taking special courses in first-aid nurs ing. The entire staff of the Society's offices was placed at the disposal of the Secre tary of the Treasury during the First Liberty Loan campaign, in order that each of its 610,000 members might re ceive by mail the government's appeal, to which there was a phenomenal response. AIDING THE RED CROSS On the day the announcement was made of the campaign to raise one hun dred million dollars for the American Red Cross, the Director and Editor of the Society took from the presses the forms for the issue of the NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC MAGAZINE, then ready, and re made the issue completely, in order that the Society's members might be told of the imperative needs of the Red Cross, of that which must be achieved during the coming months, and of the funds re- quired to prepare for such a tremendous task. This movement was given splendid impetus by printing in the Society's mag azine, while the $Ioo,ooo,ooo campaign for funds was at its height, special arti cles and addresses by Henry P. Davison, Chairman of the War Council of the Red Cross; Ian Malcolm, member of the Brit ish Red Cross, and of the House of Com mons; John H. Gade, of the American Commission for Relief in Belgium; Her bert C. Hoover, the Food Administrator, and former head of Belgian Relief Work; Frederick Walcott, of the Food Administration; Newton D. Baker, Sec retary of War; General John J. Pershing, commanding the American expeditionary forces in France; former President Wil liam Howard Taft, and Eliot Wads worth, Executive Secretary of the Amer ican Red Cross, and others. In the same issue of the Magazine full-page advertisements were published gratis for the American Red Cross fund, for the Y. M. C. A. War Fund, and for the First Liberty Loan. THE PATRIOTIC FLAG SERIES One of the most important contribu tions to be made by the Society to the cause of America at War will be the publication of a special "Flags of the World" number, containing the most ex pensive series of four-color plates ever printed by any publication in the history of the magazine industry. It will be a popular digest of patriotism as exempli fied in the national emblems, past and present, of our own and of all other countries, each subject absolutely accurate as to design and color, a total of more than one thousand color illustrations, be sides numerous pages in black and white. The standards, pennants, and insignia have been assembled by the foremost flag expert of the American Government, and probably the foremost authority on na tional ensigns in the world. The descrip tive and historical text accompanying the flags will represent six months' of ex haustive research by the magazine staff. The color work alone in this issue will cost $60,000, and the number will be the world's most thorough and authentic text-book on the flags of seven centuries.