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GIRLS IN WAR TIME.

APPEAL FOR GOOD INFLUENCE ON SOLDIERS.

The wives of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishops of Rochester and Soufchwark have issued the following appeal " to the girls living in the neighborhood of the Crystal Palace." It is, however, capable of a wider application :

This ifi a time of great excitement and anxiety. Every one of us is thinking about the war, and about the sailors and soldiers who are fighting or getting ready to fight. How can the girls help ? If you were in Franco, you might help to nurse the wounded or give food to the soldiers who were passing by. But you are at homo, not in France. What can you do .' First.—You can work for them in,your spare times. It will cost you something : some of your time ; some money you might have spent on pleasure; but you will like to do this. Second.—You can pray for them. \ou can pray for our country and tor all the sailors and soldiers, especially any you know. You can ipray together in church or chapel. You can pray in your own rooms, night and morning. You can pray at your work, especially when the clock strikes 12; the sailors and soldiers know we aro stopping for a minute then wherever wi& are to say one prayer for them. Third.—You can help them by expecting them to bo steady and brave and good men. Many a man has 'been kept good by thinking of the good, straight girl ho knows at Tiomo who expects him to be good and straight. He is fighting for us women and for our homes. Give him something nice and good and true, to think about. Don't let your excitement make you silly and lead you to wander aimlessly about. This won't help anybody, and is very selfish. Be a good friend to anyone you know. That helps. Be a comfort and help to any sorrowing wife or motherland help anyone who is in need. And so you can do your part in the war.

Remember that the war is a very solemn thing. For the men and lads who _ are now learning to take their part in it it is a matter of life and death. For many of them it may mean death. Be very careful that, so far as you are concerned, no one of them shall carry away with him a« his last remembrance of the women and girls of England anything but what is pure and gentle and straight and true. There is a League of Honor started for women and girls in war time. You may like to join it. Your clergyman can tell you about it. Every girl joining it promises by the help of' God to do all in her power to uphold the honor of the Empire and its defenders in this time of war by prayer and purity and temperance. Ask about it if you'like. But at any rate stand up for what is steady and good and true auld Happy. j Your faithful friends, j Edith M. Davidson, M. Dorothy Harjiee, ; Evelyn Bdrge. j October, 1914. : Accompanying the appeal is "A letter to young women and girls of all ranks or employments," signed by the Bishop of Woolwich and 15 vicars of parishes in the neighborhood of the Crystal Palace. This letter makes a similar appeal for reserve and self-restraint.

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GIRLS IN WAR TIME., Issue 15690, 2 January 1915

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GIRLS IN WAR TIME. Issue 15690, 2 January 1915

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