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May 14, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXX(20):1183. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440720047007

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In our issue of last week, in discussing the President's call for volunteers we deprecated the acceptance of minors for service. The country is populous and can easily furnish the required number of well developed and hardy men. Were the war prolonged as was the civil war it might be needful to call the young men from their schools and colleges; but in the' inception of a war this is not necessary and does not seem to be advisable. The boys are full of the war spirit and are anxious to be at the front; but the fatigues and exposures of active service would soon send them to the rear again, with, in many instances, the prospects of their lives destroyed. We cited approvingly the regulations for enlistment in the regular army which made twenty-one years the mininum age for acceptance into service; but while we were writing that approval

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