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1774 PROCLAMATIONS, 1918. “°Y*·””"- A PROCLAMATION i$"2‘;..°¥§2 w°°k' Inasmuch as the War Fund of 1917, so (generously contributed by the American people to the American Re Cross for the admmistration of relief at home and abroad, has been practically exhausted by a propriations for the welfare of the men in our militarg and naval) forces, and for those dexndent upon them, and for the yet more urgent necessities of our lies, military and civilian, who have long borne the brunt of war; And, inasmuch as the American Red Cross has been recognized by law and international convention as the public instrumentality for war relief; And, inasmuch as the year of our own jiprticipation in the war has brought unprecedented demands upon the patriotism and liberality of our e, and made evident the necessity of concentrating the _ work o re of in one main organization which can respond effectively and universally to the needs of humanity under stress of war; And, inasmuch as the duration of the war and the closer and closer cooperation of the American Red Cross with our own Army and Navy, with the governments of our Allies, and with foreign relief organizations, have resulted in the discovery of new opportimities gf helpfulness under conditions which translate opportunity into uty; And, inasmuch as the American Red Cross War Council and its Commissioners in Europe have faithfully and economically administered the eo le’s trust; m‘{g‘;§,‘j “g){ NOW, THEREFORE, b virtue of my authority as President euinrmmwns rc the of the United States and Iiresident of the American Red Cross, I, °"'°°°'°B°°°'°”‘ WOODROW WILSON do hereby proclaim the week beginning May 20, 1918, as "Red Cross Week ’, uring which the peosple of the United States will be called upon again to give generou y to the continuation of the important work of relieving distress, restoring the waste of war, and assisting in maintaining the morale of our own tmoggs and the troops andtpeople of our Allies by this manifestation of ort and sacrifice on e part of those, who, thoucgh not privileged to bear arms, are of one spirit, purpose, and etermination with our warriors. IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be aflixed. Done in the District of Columbia, this 4th day of May, in the year of our Lord One Thousand N ine Hundred and Eight- [sam.,] een, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the One Hundred and Few-second. oomzow Wu.soN. By the President: Wumim Pnmrrrs ‘ Acting Secretary of State.

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A PROCLAMATION p,;‘;g}_°,fn§‘};“SQ§§,‘éf°“ WHEREAS the Congress of the United States, on the second day Preamble- _ of April last, passed the following resolution: M"' p` is" “Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That, it being a duty peculiarly incumbent in a time of war humbly and devoutly to acknowledge our dependence on Almighty