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“DEDICATED TO THE CAUSE OF
WORLD WIDE JUSTICE”
Published every Saturday by the En
listed Personnel of the Base Hospital,
Camp Greene, Charlotte, N. C.
Business OfUce ’Phone 15S0
Editorial Office—^Building C-1, Base
Five Cents the Copy.
Editor & Mgr. ..Sgt. Verlin J. Harroid
Associated Editor Avery Toohey
Associated Business Mgr..Ivan H. Law
Roy A. Evans,
Dudley M. Sarfaty.
“The Caduceus is the livest army
paper that we have seen yet,” said two
ot the oversea wounded men, who are
returned to the Camp Greene base
hospital before demobilization. “We
are sending copies home this week.”
When these lads admit that they
have seen many army papers, and
ciass the base hospital paper of their
own state as the best, we think of the
fellow who hunted all over the world
for diamonds and after prospecting
in many lands returned to find the
“acres and acres of diamonds” in his
“It is not the gale,
But the set of the sail.
That determines the voyage end.”
These are the days when sails are being set in starting the voyage
of the new year. The proverbial twig is being bended, this way or that,
So, as the crystal gazer views the future in the image of a work begun,
we can tell a great deal about the outcome of 1919 for each of us by the way
we are starting alongit’spathwayof days. ■
This is to be a great year—probably the most momentous m the
history of mankind. Our country, the land for which we have cheerfully
made the countless,’ war-winning sacrifices during the past year, is to play
a distinct part in the rebirth of civilization. America is destined to be a
leader in the new realm of justice and world democracy. It is a grand call
to service and that people which offered their all for the ideal of humanity
will not be wanting. ^ . *
In the reconstruction of the world and in the readjustment of industry
within our own land every one of us must have a part. We are each
selected—because we are Americans—to be stewarts in tbe activities of
reorganization. But our importance in the work, as individuals, depends upon
ourselves. We may forward the cause at hand or we niay .draw back. We
are preparing for one or the other function now.
What we are to mean, as helps or hindrances, to the work ot readjust
ment, is being settled in these opening days of the new year. Before we
leave our army work we will have shown the part we are to play in the
intricate program of the readaptation of ideals and trade.
It is all a matter of spirit. The entire machine of our social, religious
and industrial life, which is to be reassembled during the present year, will
be of such delicate mechanism that one jaring element may cause it to go
' to pieces. Such was Russia’s plight. It is proving so in Germany. The
menace of the red flag is busy here but America is looked to as strong enough
in loyalty and heart courage to crush the inner foes and to life the higher
it’s tourch of hope to all the earth. But the morale we displayed in cruching
the Prussian engine of war must not drop now. Fortitude must not wane
until every crisis, which now besets our national life, has passed.
This week we lay to rest the body of a great fellow-countryman.
Ex-president Theodore Roosevelt. His political friends and foes have alike
bowed the head and in honor to his memory have proclaimed “He was a hard
fighter—a sturdy spirit until the last.”
Such is the admirable trait that we crave tor our comrades in service.
It is the force that our land needs most. The appeal of the hour is lor men
to put all their strength into their service until dismissed from the ranks
and then go into the realm of society with the determination to help America’s
cause of peace with all their power. It is another test of our soldiery. '
. The year, which is to take us back into the walks of trade, is on it’s
way. By the spirit of our daily work now we are showing whether we will
justify Columbia’s wreath of honor and the fine benediction “a sturdy spirit
until the last,” at the end of our journey of service.
DON’T LET UP!
“THE WORK OF THE SALVAGE
As time goes on and' the affairs of
practically every civilized nation again
assume their normal conditions, it
will be found that even though the
nations that were at war spent 175
billions of dollars, still much of the
equipment purchased for the armies
will not be wasted or “scrapped” as
it was in every conflict heretofore.
Owing to our resources .almost be-
yond limit and to our millions of
young men fresh from battle, it was
thought that when the U. S. entered
the conflict it would be prodigal in its
spending and without due considera
tion of the loss of life. However, quite
the contrary was proven true, as the
careful expenditures of money and; the
thorough training of our troops were
a complete surprise to our enemies
and a source of abounding admiration
from our allies,
Quito unlike the English and ■ the
French, the forming of the Salvage
Division by the U. S. Government was
originally intended to save tonnage, as
the space saved by .salyaging articles
in Europe meant that much space sav
ed for the transportation of the vital
necessities for our boys. The finan
cial saving, which was paramount with
the English and the French, was only
a secondary consideration; but the
various salvage divisions here and
through'out Europe have proven very
successful in saving the government
njillions of dollars which would other
wise have been wasted. Now the
entire organization is on a paying and
For instance, here in Camp Greene,
Captain Darhell reports that the shoe
shop, under the supervision of Lieut.
Smith, has salvaged on an average of
6,000 pairs of shoes per month, saving
the government some $20,000; also the
tailoring''shop; under the direction of
Lieut. Ilrown, has put thousands of
uniforms that would otherwise have
been worthless in serviceable condi
tion. Lieut. Steinfield in charge of
the Salvage warehouse, which handles
all waste material such as rubber, pa
per, and metals, has collected approxi
mately 300,000 pounds of scrap iron
alone and converted it into cash.
These are only a few instances in
which the Salvage Division ot Camp
Greene is saving the government vast
sums ot money that were previously
a total loss. DON’T LET UP! KEEP
Robert H. Sharp,
Salvage Division, U. S. Army.
James Larkin Pearson
The bloody years are all behind—
This year is white and clean—-
The gladdest, sweetest smiling year
That living men have seen; ,
And, oh, the healing hope it brings!
And, smiling through our tears.
We welcome to our hungry hearts
This gladdest of glad years.
—From The State Journal.