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4000 Y Men Needed at Once in France, Renville County Journal, 11-15-1918

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Secretaries Will Be Required More Than Ever When Fighting Ceases

With our brothers and sons overseas simply begging for more Y.M.C.A. secretaries that the service of the “Y” may be extended into out-of-the-way places, and with the earnest pleading of the Czecho-Slovaks and Russians for more “Y” men and still more, the need of new recruits in “Y” ranks has become imperative.

“Four thousand more men are needed today in France alone,” declared Morton M. Newcomb, head of the recruiting service of the Army Y.M.C.A. at Minneapolis.

“The Czecho-Slovaks look upon the “Y” secretary as though he were their leader. They model their ways after him. Comb their hair as he combs his. Adopt his mannerisms. In short, he is their ideal and his influence establishes law and order in the community where he is located. He has the consideration, friendship and confidence of all factions. For this reason, it is thought that the American Y.M.C.A. secretaries will undoubtedly have a great deal to do with laying the foundations of the future agricultural, commercial and economic structure of the country.

“A terrific responsibility rests upon the American people at this trying time that they may not be found wanting in response to the simple trust which is placed in them by these overseas neighbors whose sanity and poise we must help preserve.”

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