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October 1918


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Am J Dis Child. 1918;16(4):242-252. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1918.01910160037006

We hear much today of the debt which France, whose soil is drenched with the blood of her brave sons, and whose material resources have been drained during these years of devastating warfare, owes to the unselfish and gallant aid which American soldiers and civilians are so generously furnishing.

It is indeed an indebtedness gladly acknowledged by the French people of all classes, from the high officials to the lowly poilu. With our own shores protected by distance from the successful invasion of the enemy, when it became apparent to our people that the issues at stake were those of democracy versus tyranny, or the right of a free government as opposed to the might of an oppressor, our whole nation, with wonderful unanimity, entered into the conflict and is crossing the seas today to put all our resources at the disposal of those countries which heretofore have borne the

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