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[[underlined]] and wisely be made in conformity with Red Cross standards and specifications. [[/underlined]] In contributing money with which to buy articles that can be purchased in France, we perform an act of special generosity and helpfulness because of the direct aid and support given to manufacturers thereof in France. Contributions in money can at once be applied for purchases in France of needed articles, and in emergency cases money can be transmitted at small cost by cable, thus involving the least possible delay.

As the result of our entry in the war, the American Relief Clearing House in Paris has been taken over by the AMERICAN RED CROSS FOR FRANCE AND BELGIUM, which latter it has been found necessary to organize upon a military basis, making it now practically a branch of the American army in France.

Because of this the decisions which have been reached in Paris, seem to some relief workers in America to be abrupt and possibly harsh, particularly those in which the Red Cross indicates that it will be necessary to have relief articles consigned to it distributed at its discretion, taking into account the greatest needs of the moment.

In this connection it should be pointed out that the American Red Cross for France and Belgium will be constantly supplying urgent needs from its warehouse stores and that it will necessarily recoup itself from contributions subsequently received by it.

We offer the suggestion that you write to those hospitals, orphanages, etc., in France to whom you have been accustomed to ship supplies, directing them to make application to the AMERICAN RED CROSS FOR FRANCE AND BELGIUM for a supply of needed articles from its warehouses.

We should here emphasize the fact that it will be necessary for the American Red Cross for France and Belgium to issue from time to time for the information of American contributors a list of articles which the Red Cross does not find it practicable or possible, under the circumstances then existing, to undertake to transport to or distribute in France and which should therefore be withheld from shipment from America.

The directors and officers of the War Relief Clearing House for France and Her Allies, based upon the wide information which is at their disposal, express their conviction that the present arrangement for the distribution of relief supplies in France is the best possible under all the circumstances of the case, and they feel justified in urging that all American contributors who desire to make use of the
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