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The American Red Cross,
National Headquarters
Washington, D.C. 

April 19, 1918.

Charles D. Norton, Esq.,
2 Wall Street
New York, N.Y. 

My dear Mr. Norton: 

Your letter of the 18th, enclosing a very complete file in regard to the agricultural implements and kitchen utensils matter, received.

You are quite right in regard to your understanding of the present shipping situation, arrangements are not yet in shape whereby we are able or should expect to get all of the shipping space which might be needed for our military and civil work abroad. As soon as the situation is relieved, it seems to me that this whole programme might well be taken up on an extensive scale. With the arrival of the time when more ships are available, we are hopeful that such conditions will prevail. In the meantime I am sending the file to Major Perkins, asking him to go  over it carefully and if possible to give us definite requirements and any suggestions, all of which we can have on file and be ready to take the matter up at a later date. 

The whole thing will be reviewed again upon receipt of my reply from Major Perkins; and if conditions are not [[strikethrough]] b [[/strikethrough]] right then to undertake the work, it will be called up from time to time so that it will not be lost sight of. 

Thank you very much for your interest in the matter. 

Sincerely yours, 
(s\Signed) H.D. Gibson
General Manager. 


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