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December 30, 1911

The Petition to Restore the Canteen

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1729 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

JAMA. 1911;LVII(27):2155-2156. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260120345025

To the Medical Profession of America;  In The Journal of the American Medical Association, December 16, was published in full (but, of course, without the 275 signatures of leading medical men all over the country) a petition to Congress to pass the Bartholdt bill restoring the canteen in the Army. The petition explains fully what the canteen really is.My own position in the matter is this: I never place wine on my table on any social occasions whatever; I did not do so even at the weddings of my daughters and I never partake of it at any dinner or on other social occasions. If I had autocratic sway in America. I should nail up the doors of every saloon and put on them a placard "To Rent for some decent business"; and yet I am in favor of allowing beer (and be it noted that beer only would