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Q22   DAYS OF PREPARATION

needs of individual men. When the number of Canadians in captivity rose to some twenty-five hundred and depended upon the Society for food and clothing, the Prisoners of War department was organized to provide for their needs at a cost of half a million dollars a year.' When the wounded began to return to Canada in large numbers, the Red Cross hastened to place comforts of all sorts for the relief and entertainment of the men on the trains and ships upon which they travelled, and co-operated with the Army Medical Corps and Military Hospital Commission in providing for the needs of the invalided men within the Dominion.

Such is a bird's-eye view of the work of a society whose records glow with human interest and reveal the story of service and sacrifice at home evoked by the splendid spectacle of service and sacrifice on the battle-field. With this meagre outline of Red Cross work, we close this brief survey of Canada's "love-gifts," feeling that the society which ministers to the needs of those who have earned, at loss of life and health and freedom, the passionate gratitude of their country, may justly claim to mark the climax of patriotic endeavour.

The time has not yet come when the measure of Canada's patriotism can be justly appraised. Not by what we give but by what we withhold is true generosity reckoned.

And if a thought of pride or self-satisfaction should arise as we review the long records of Canada's gifts of wealth and material, it will be crushed by the overwhelming weight of the realization of the suffering heroism of Canada's sons who gave their wealth and health, their liberty and their life, to purchase the safety and secure the freedom of those who, in humble gratitude, can offer but a mite in return.

'This department issued some 15,000 food parcels a month under strict government regulation, while the work of following up the prisoners, constantly shifted from camp to camp, involved an enormous amount of detailed labour,


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