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Wednesday, October 16, 1940

Newsday

Published Afternoons Except Saturday and Sunday at 283 Main St., Hempstead, L. I., N. Y. Alicia Patterson and Harry F. Guggenheim, Owners; Alicia Patterson, Editor and Publisher; William Mapel, General Manager; Harold A. Davis, Managing Editor.

A Mother Speaks

Today is Registration Day. Newsday therefore is turning its editorial column over to the mother of a boy of conscription age, and the widow of a flier who lost his life as the result of the first world war.

Dear Uncle Sam:

Now that my son is to be conscripted I have found myself a quiet time to think the whole thing over.

There are so many of me, just turned 40, widows still comparatively young, widows of "World War" young men who were then just "come of age." Our husbands were in the World War conscription in 1917 and 1918, and somehow I thought you might like to know how we feel about this conscription that takes our World War born sons.

I find that as usual, I can be two kinds of a Mother. A Mother or a "mice."

I can indulge my emotions and deluge my son with stories of the apparent uselessness of his father's services. I can go dramatic, unleashing my emotions as I deplore my unnecessary widowhood, my son's unnecessary "starvation" for never knowing the very fine father he had. I could go off on a diatribe about war, aviation - Air Corps, or could I?
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