National Geographic : 1917 May
0 E. V Weigle. PRIESTS AND NUNS WHO MINISTERED TO THE WOUNDED AT TERMONDE, BELGIUM These shattered walls and piles of debris tell their own story of the terrific fighting which occurred in and around this little city in the early days of the war, when it was cap tured and recaptured many times. And ever in the thick of battle the "angels and ministers of grace" were at hand to succor the wounded and comfort the dying. from the bondage of nearly three years' servitude, as slowly, but surely, we are driving back the Germans on the western front. It is, of course, for your great hearted public to decide whether and when and how they can best intervene in this area of human desolation. Unless I have totally misconceived your splendid ambition to rescue and to save in whatever part of the world war zone you are needed most, I have indi cated to you by inference the tremendous part that money must play in the great drama of your intervention. Am I to specify in detail a few of the objects upon which, it may be supposed, your money will be most usefully spent? I can only do so by reference to your own schedules of expenditures. A THOUSAND NEEDS FOR DOLLARS We have base hospitals, running into hundreds, I am sorry to say, in France and England; advanced base hospitals, and special hospitals for convalescents, for cripples, for the blind, for face cases, and homes for the permanently disabled. We have hospital ships on the English Channel, in the Mediterranean, on the Adriatic, and on the Tigris. We have hospital trains in England, France, and Egypt; hundreds of motor ambulances in all our theaters of war, with their repair cars and other necessary adjuncts. There are thousands of doctors, nurses, orderlies, etc., to be clothed and fed; there are canteens for Red Cross men, rest homes for nurses worn out by assiduous work and ceaseless ac tivity. We provide, of course, hospital clothing, drugs, dressings-all in enor mous quantities for equipment and in re serve. These reserves are forever being replenished and forever rising in cost. Then if you affiliate the Young Men's Christian Association to yourselves, there will be scores of canteens wanted-you can never have enough of them-for the soldiers sent to rest camps or to the base.