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March 9, 1912

The Army Canteen

Author Affiliations

Ogden, Utah

U. S. A.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(10):720-721. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260030118025

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To the Editor:  —The canteen seems to be a live topic. It is well that it should be, for the discipline of the army depends in time of peace on the post canteen and its accessories, and discipline in times of peace predetermines effectiveness in actual service, and these, in the last analysis, determine the weal or woe, the eventual perpetuity of the government.Several times have I been tempted to join in the discussion but as often have deferred because public opinion, I believe, however created, has little influence with Congress in general legislation. The party or individuals with the "pull" in the congressman's district just prior to election determines the member's vote when safe in his seat; the same is true of the senator.Actual experience gained by observation is far superior to the wisest theory. During the war with Spain and subsequently I was detailed at a

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