On Thursday President Wilson issued a statement in which he requested all the American Army Welfare agencies, recognized by the War Department, including the Y.M.C.A., the Y.W.C.A., the War Camp Community Service, The American Library Association, the Knights of Columbus, the Salvation Army and the Jewish Relief Society, to combine in their next appeal for funds. Yesterday John R. Mott, General Secretary of the War Work Council of the Y.M.C.A. issued the following statement.
“In this request the President has raised a standard to which men and women in the nation can and will rally royally. This is not to be the Y.M.C.A. campaign nor a Knights of Columbus campaign nor a Salvation Army campaign. It is to be a campaign for the men over there in France and in the cantonments on this side and on our brave ships every where. A campaign for the maintenance and increase of morale which Napoleon said is to other factors in war as three to one. The dollars given to the common fun will reach the boys through seven different channels, but every dollar will be made to do a maximum work. No matter what sign is painted over the door of any hut or hostess house its door will be opened to every boy equally.