Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 40 Part 2.djvu/520

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PROCLAMATION S, 1918. 1843 Any person who, on account of sickness, will be unable to present S,},§°$*"’°“°¤ °' **1** himself for registration may appl on or before the day of registration ` at the office of any Local Boarj for instructions as to how he may register by agent. _ Tmpamyabsenteas Any person who expects to be absent on the day designated for rmmwsmem. registration from the jurisdiction of the board in which he then permanently resides may register by mail, but his registration card must reach the Local Board having jurisdiction of the area wherein he then permanently resides by the ay herein named for registration. Any such riprson should apply as soon as practicable at the office of a Local oard for instructions as to how he may register by mail. Pmm with t Any person who has no permanent residence must register at the mmm: rasideugg. pm place designated for registration by the Local Board having jurisdiction of the area wherein he may be on the day herein named for 4 r rstratron. . BgAny person who, on account of absence at sea, or on account of teriiiigiiliililiiiiliiut me absence without the territorial limits of the United States, ma be unable to comply with the regulations pertaining to absentees, shall, within five da s after reaching the United States, register with his proper Local Board or as provided in the regulations for other absentees. Fifteen months ago the men of the country from twenty-one to p{:$egii°zmi§iffi1zig¤. in thirty years of age were registered. Three months ago, and again , this month, those who had just reached the age of twenty-one were added. It now remains to include all men between the ages of eighteen and forty-five. " _ _ This is not a new policy. A century and a quarter Sago it was de- r¤Qém°:i°"$¤.°°' °°°°°"°’ liberately ordained by those who were then responsible or the safety and defence of the Nation that the duty of military service should rest répon all able—bodied men between the ages of eighteen and forty-five. e now accept and fulfill the obligation which they established, an obligation expressed in our national statutes from that time until now. We solemnly purpose a decisive victory of arms and deliberately to devote the larger part of the military man power of the Nation to the accomplishment of that purpose. The youn er men have from the first been ready to go. They have ,,,,’§§’,‘}‘{*,§’;‘}E*,f,§¤;’,frg,§j furnished vgluntary enlistments out of all proportion to their numbers. Our military authorities revard them as having the highest combatant qualities. Their outhful enthusiasm, their virile eaverness, their gallant spirit of djaring make them the admiration of: all who see them in action. They covet not only the distinction of servinv in this great war but also the inspiring memories which hundreds ol thousands of them will cherish through the years to come, of a great daé and a great service for their country and for mankind. y the men of the older group now called upon, the op ortunity ,,,,‘§*§§‘;§‘,,‘}?;‘f,§’e,'Qf"" “" now opened to them will be accepted with the calm resrsution of those who realize to the full the deep and solemn significance of what they do. Having made a place for themselves in their res ective communities, having assumed at home the graver responsibilities of life in many spheres, looking back upon honorable records in civil and industrial life, they realize as perhaps no others could, how entirely their own fortunes and the fortunes of all whom they love are put at stake in this war for right, and will know that the very records they have made render this new duty the commanding duty of their lives. They know how surely this is the Nation’s war how imperativel it demands the mobilization and messing of all our resources off every kind. They will regard this call as the supreme call of their day and will answer it accordingly. , _ Only a portion of those who register will be called upon to bear arms. ie§5$SfQ°}’°¢iiiif°rmZZ Those who are not physically tit will be excused; those exempted by ¥’°“'°'·