The Come-Back, 11 January 1919
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THE COME-BACK, NEWPORT NEWS, VA.., JANUARY 11, 1919 OFFICIAL INFORMATION FOR MEN RETURNING FROM OVERSEAS WORK AND PLAY MAKE DAYS GO BY IN BLIGHTY Opportunity to Study and Learn New Trade in Hospitals. 25,000 Men Enrolled At the reconstructions hospital where you are likely to arrive after leaving the port of debarkation, soldier, there are all kinds of things to do besides just "taking the cure." Work, play, study in wards, shops, classrooms, and out-of-doors on the hospital grounds, gardens and farms is included. The curative workshop schedule, other educational work and recreational activities at the hospitals is under the Educational Service for the Rehabilitation of Disabled Soldiers. That's a long time and it's a big job outside of the medical and surgical end. The work-and-play program has been established at twenty-five United States army general hospitals and educational officers have also been ordered to each of seventeen base hospitals which are receiving men like you from overseas. Of course, it's largely up to you to decide whether you want to get some more education or learn a new job that pays better than your old one ever did. Here's your change if you want to take it. The educational staffs in the twenty-five hospitals included (on November 30, 1918) 625 persons as follows: 121 commissioned officers; twenty-two civilians; 203 noncoms; 133 occupational aides (women), and 146 privates. Education is Popular. According to the latest figures in a detailed report for the month of November, approximately 36 per cent of the patients in any reconstructions hospital were enrolled in the Educational Service. The number of different patients in the fourteen general hospitals in the workshops and other educational activities was 3,705; the complete enrollment in shop work and classes was 6,449, and in the fourteen general and seventeen base hospitals together on January 1, 1919, 10,000 were enrolled in all departments of educational work. So you can see that going to school and shop while yet in the hospital is pretty popular. There's something for everybody to do and everybody to think about. There are bedside and ward handicrafts and academic study for those who can't yet go it alone; all varieties of shopwork and various trades to learn, farming, the regular academic subjects, reading, writing and arithmetic, and curative games and exercises when you want to take the kink out of an arm or leg. At these hospitals the American Library association provides a library of technical works, fictions, current magazines, periodicals, and the home town newspapers. There are reading circles, debates, story-telling hours, amateur theatricals, bands and orchestras and individual stunts. Facilities for playing cards, chess, checkers, dominoes, crokinole, etc.., are furnished by the Red Cross. Of course there is a big supply of writing materials so that you can tell the homefolks all about it, and player-pianos, and phonographs when you feel like letting loose a rag or something classical. Nothing that you can imagine will be left out. Movies, professional talent, concerts, musicals, dances, receptions, fruit, smokes, flowers and refreshments at the Red Cross convalescent houses and in the wards, will be the order of the day. On long winter evenings pop corn, roast apples, and toast marshmallows around the fireplace with the rest of them. At the request of a patient in the wards the Sky Pilot will hold a personal religious service or render other ministrations. What there is to Do. Glance at this line-up of educational and recreational activities; Baseball, indoor baseball, basket ball, volley ball, hand ball, dodge ball, tennis, boxing, wrestling, soccer, croquet, golf, golf putting, horseback riding, bowling on the green, camping, canoeing, rowing rifle shooting, pistol practice, quoits, rope-whipping, knot-tying, first aid and 'bandaging, signaling, tree and flower identification, use of pocket compass, route sketching and elementary map-making, fire-making and building, shuttle races, dismounted cowboy polo, prisoner's base, shinney, potato races, fencing, track meets, etc. What's more, there are special games for one-armed and one-legged men. Buddy, that reconstruction hospital is a good place to go, I'll tell the world. This Colonel Retired To Evade Mere Job of Returning Salutes The next time you come to attention and salute an officer, regretting the expenditure of energy required (oh, yes, all enlisted men regret it at some time or another), ponder on this story of the colonel who retired himself into "cits" clothing to keep from being saluted. M. W. Collett, governor of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers at Hampton, at the time the home was taken over as Debarkation Hospital 51, held the rank of colonel in the Grand Army of the Republic. He found it necessary to remain here for a time after the Medical Department troops and the patients began to arrive. This story is told by himself: "Well, mother," I said to my wife the night the new commanding officer took charge. "I guess I'll not wear my eagles tomorrow. These soldiers here are all young, and they don't mind the energy of saluting me. By night I'll not have any arm left. "Next morning I got to thinking how funny I'd look with a uniform and no insignia. So I got out a suite of civilian clothes and put them on." Other officers of the Soldiers' Home who had been wearing the insignia of their rank followed the sample of the colonel one by one. That Reconstruction Hospital Is a Good Place to Go, Buddy Buddy, that Reconstruction Hospital is a good place to go, I'll tell the world. If you get to any of the following hospitals it's sure fire that you will be able to keep busy and happy. U. S. A. General Hospitals: General Hospital, Fort Bayard, N. Mex. Letterman, San Francisco, Cal. Walter Reed, Takoma Park, D. C. No. 2 Fort McHenry, Md. No. 3, Colonia, N. J. (Rahway). Nl. 6, Fort McPherson, Ga. No. 7, Roland Park, Md. No. 8, Otisville, New York. No. 9, Lakewood, N. J. No. 10, Boston, Mass. No. 11, Cape May, N. J. No. 16, New Haven, Conn. No. 17, Markleton, Pa. No. 18, Waynesvikolle, N. C. No. 19, Oteen, N. C. (Biltmore). No. 20, Whipple Bks., Ariz. No. 21, Denver, Colo. No. 26, Fort Des Moines, Iowa. No. 27, Fort Douglas, Utah. No. 28, Fort Sheridan, Ill. No. 29, Fort Snelling, Minn. No. 30, Plattsburg Bks., N. Y. No. 31, Carlisle, Pa. No. 36, Detroit, Michigan. U. S. A. Base Hospitals: Fort Sam Houston, Texas Lawrenceville, N. J. Camp Custer, Michigan. Camp Devens, Mass. Camp Dix, N. J. Camp Dodge, Iowa. Camp Funston, Kans. Camp Gordon, Ga. Camp Grant, Ill. Camp Jackson, S. C. Camp Kearny, California. Camp Lee, Va. Camp Lewis, Washington. Camp Meade, Maryland. Camp Pike, Arkansas. Camp Sherman, Ohio. Camp Taylor, Ky. Camp Travis, Texas. Camp Upton, L. I., N. Y. RECORDS PROVE MEDICOS 'THERE' Statistics Sent from France Show Department Did Work of Giants. Just what the medical department has done in France during the past two years and how it was prepared to carry on its work of taking care of wounded and disabled soldiers before they had a chance to be sent home is now revealed for the first time by statistics announced at the general headquarters of the American Expeditionary Forces and cabled by the Associated Press. When the armistice suspended hostilities on November 11, and the great expansion and extension work of the medical department was suspended as well, there were in operation 283,240 beds in camp and base hospitals and convalescent camps, with about 100,000 of them vacant. There were on duty in the American Expeditionary Force at that time 12,989 doctors and 8,593 nurses. The authorized nurse strength of the army when America entered the war was 206, and of doctors, 300 - figures that testify to the work of the medical corps was called upon to perform. Apportionment Interesting. The hospitalization of the army in France is interesting. Basically it consists of mobile organizations. To each division there are four field hospitals, two evacuation hospitals and one mobile surgical hospital, and, in addition, there is fixed hospitalization, consisting of camp and base outfits and convalescent camps, with an authorized bed capacity of 15 per cent of the strength of the command. There are now eighty-five camp hospitals serving training and billeting areas, while for general service and for the treatment of more serious cases and battle casualties there are 115 base hospitals. These base hospitals occasionally are single institutions of from 1,000 to 6,000 beds, or are grouped in hospital centers. Twenty such centers of from 2,500 to 15,000 beds are in operation. Convalescent Camp Service. Convalescent camps at the bed rate of 20 per cent of normal hospital beds are authorized for the purposes of giving as early graduated physical training as possible, and fifteen such camps are in operation at present. The American hospitals are partly in French barracks, school buildings and hotels and partly in constructed cantonments of demountable buildings. All the buildings taken over were remodeled and outfitted for the purpose, lighted and heated and modernized, while the demountable huts are models of their kind. Ladies of Red Cross Chapter Make Division Insignia for Patients Recently one of our overseas patients desiring a division insignia, figured out a sure way of having his wishes fulfilled. He asked one of the Red Cross ladies at Camp Stuart Embarkation Hospital if she could manufacture such an animal. Of course no task is too great for the Red Cross, so the insignia was produced. First, it was shaped by a piece of cardboard, then cut out from a piece of felt and the finished product was complete. The overseas man, to show his gratitude, allowed his friends in on the secret, and now Camp Stuart Chapter Red Cross, directed by Mrs. Charles Lynch and assisted by Mrs. Ansley G. White and Mrs. Thomas Dyas are kept busy from early morning till late nights making division insignia for overseas men. This is the first division of the Red Cross to attempt such an undertaking, and it is hinted that other Red Cross divisions throughout the country will probably do likewise. The boys show their appreciation by the lineup that is ever in readiness to relieve the ladies of the insignia as they are completed. TAKE YOUR PICK. The battalion commander saw a fire on the opposite hill and thinking it might be a signal dispatched his orderly for a pair of glasses. The orderly ran over to headquarters and, sticking his head in the door where the intelligent group were discussing war, liberty, etc., asked, "Has any one a pair of glasses?" There was absolutely silence for five seconds - then some one innocently inquired, "Nose glasses?" - Judge. Army Camps and Hospitals at Port of Debarkation [map] This map will help you to get your bearings in this neighborhood. It was good to get back on the right side of the Atlantic, but perhaps you have found that the United States is a pretty big place, after all .Here's the map. Get started right. There's a lot of things to see around here. WANT TO BUY FARM CHEAP? TAKE A LOOK Just Work and the U.S. Comes Across with Land and Buildings. The man who has gone across or is going need not fear for lack of a job at home. This is a big order, but I believe we can make good. Already the government has plans under way, but I believe we can make good. Already the government has plans under way which will insure for every man an opportunity to work at good wages on his return. No one can tell how many of the old places will be ready and waiting for the soldiers and sailors when they have done their bit over there and come home; but no matter how many there may be there is work to be done in the making of America upon which they can be used with profit to themselves and to the country. They have been doing a destructive job, and doing it well,to the pride and glory of our country. When they come back to us they can do a constructive job in the reclaiming of our lands and in the building of homes in the United States for themselves. This is a big job, but a simple job. It is work that must be done time, and it might as well be done now. Will Soon be Good Farms. All over the United States there are quantities of lands that are capable of producing cotton, corn, wheat and fruit, which are out of use. Altogether there are perhaps 250,000,000 acres of such lands that in two or three years by scientific drainage or by irrigation or by stumping could be converted into first-class farms. Here, for instance, are some of the figures showing the amount of land in the South along the rivers and the coast that can be made into farm homes by the expenditure of a little money and a little labor: State Acres Alabama ..........14,785,000 Arkansas ..........13,893,000 Florida ..........10,109,000 Georgia .......... 20,141,000 Kentucky .......... 3,222,000 Louisiana .......... 8,900,000 North Carolina .......... 12,745,000 South Carolina .......... 8,944,000 Tennessee .......... 7,233,000 Teaxs .......... 12,926,000 Virginia .......... 9, 920,000 West Virginia .......... 4,234,000 In the far West, in the arid country along the Colorado River in Arizona, along the Snake in Idaho, the North Platte in Wyoming and Colorado, and near the great rivers of the West, there are millions of acres of lands that can be irrigated; while in the South and in the Northwest there are more than 100,000,000 acres of land that have been logged off, but which are lying idle today. Soldier and Country Gains. The plan which I have presented to Congress means that we shall put this land to use. That is where the country gains. It means that it shall be put into condition by the soldiers after they have been mustered out. That is where the soldier gains. Every man who has been in the ranks of the army or the navy shall have an opportunity to go on to one of these projects and have a job at the current rate of wages in building a dam or a ditch or leveling land or pulling up stumps, building dikes, clearing land, building houses or roads or fences; and that this shall be done in accordance with the plans which I hope the government will authorize us to make within the next few months. This means that when the boy reaches New York he goes back home for a time, meets his people, and then is given a chance to take a place in one of the great camps that will be formed for the reclamation of some of this unused land. He gets his wages. Out of these he will pay a certain amount for his board save enough in a year and a half or two years while he is working to pay a first instalment on a farm anywhere - North, South or West, and have that as his own. It will be a farm that will be prepared - not a piece of wild land, but a farm in a settlement which has its roads already built. It will be a farm already surveyed, fenced, a house and a barn built, the land cleared, so that a man can move in his furniture and begin life at once. These farms shall be located upon lands which the Department of Agriculture will approve as suitable for raising certain crops. They will be connected with the railroad, if they are not immediately on it, by good roads. They will have centered, little towns already planned, with a good schoolhouse up and ready for the teacher. They will be chosen with reference to the marketing of the produce that will be produced upon them, and they will have administrative agents of the government, who will be advisers as to the methods of farming and marketing. In short, each man can have a job, the government advancing the capital, and out of the combination of his own labor and the government's capital he can be given an independent living. Not a Bit of Charity. But this is not to be done in the slightest bit as a matter of charity, nor is any man to be coerced into taking up the work. It is an opportunity which the government, out of appreciation for the fine service rendered by its boys, gives to them. They will pay back the money over a period of forty years, and no man is to be confined in his choice to the project upon which he works. Did You Get Your Letter From the Surgeon-General? Just What's Coming to You From Time That You Disembark Here Until You Have Left Reconstruction Hospital Cured Surgeon General Ireland's Steady Hand Is at the Helm. Here's a message from the Surgeon General of the Army, Merritte W. Ireland, to get you upon your arrival on this side of the Atlantic. It will tell you what is coming next. No rumors, no pretty tales, but the official facts. Your program from henceforth, as long as you are in contact with the medical department, will be largely guided by this little signpost. Office of the Surgeon General, United States Army, Washington, January 1, 1919. To all disabled soldiers returning from overseas: 1. Upon your arrival at the port you will be sent to a debarkation hospital for a very brief stay. If you require special treatment you will be sent to a hospital where there are facilities for this treatment. If you require treatment other than special you will, if practicable, be sent to the general or base hospital nearest to your home. If your condition is such that you do not need hospital treatment, you will be sent to the convalescent center in the army camp nearest your home until you are ready for discharge. 2. In the treatment of the sick or wounded soldier not only the ordinary measures of medicine and surgery will be used, but also physical measures, such as are employed under physic therapy, active exercises, indoor and outdoor games, massages and curative occupation in the hospital wards, curative workshops and gardens. This treatment is for the purpose of correcting, as far as possible, the defects and disabilities of the soldiers. Keep Head and Hands Busy. 3. The curative workshops are established to restore the use of injured parts of the body through useful work. The ankle joint, for instance, that has become stiffened through injury, is made to function again by exercise on a foot-power machine, such as a band saw, jig saw, printing press, etc. The patient, while getting the curative exercises, has something to do which keeps his hands and head busy, takes his mind off his disability, and may be of educational value to him in his occupation. 4. The curative workshop activities are under the charge of the hospital educational service. This provides for each patient according to his needs: (a) Bedside occupation to divert his mind from his sickness or injury, and to give him something worth while to do while still confined to the bed and ward. (b) A curative occupation in the ward, shops or gardens. (c) Opportunities for study and instruction in bed, in the wards, in the classrooms, or in shops, in subjects that will help him in civil life after his discharge. (d) Preliminary work in re-education for a new occupation if his injury is such that he cannot return to his old occupation. Learn a New Job That Pays. 5. Whether you take advantage of the opportunities offered you by the educational service depends upon yourself. You are not required to do so. It will not increase but probably lessen the length of time that you will remain in the hospital. The opportunities are offered to you to assist your recovery in the shortest length of time possible, so that you may spend the time that you are in the hospital undergoing treatment for your own best personal advantage. 6. All men who have been disabled in line of duty so that they cannot follow it successfully, are provided by the government with an opportunity for education in a new occupation after discharge from the army. This education is under the direction of the Federal Board for Vocational Education. It may be in a college, technical trade, commercial or agricultural school, an industrial plant, or on a farm. When feasible this training will be given near the soldier's home. The government pays the entire expense, including the cost of instruction and living expenses. If any man has dependents, the government pays for them the same allowances that it paid while he was a soldier. Compensation Not Affected. 7. The government has provided compensation for all men who unfortunately have become permanently disabled in line of duty. The compensation depends upon the nature of the injury, and is not affected by any re-education course that he make take advantage of. Full information in regard to vocational re-education and compensation will be given you by th members of the hospital educational staff, if you will ask them. Printed bulletins giving information are available in the hospitals. 8. The soldier from overseas will receive a warm welcome when he arrives in the United States. But in accepting this welcome, and the benefits which the government accords him if disabled, he must not forget his obligations to himself, his relatives and his country. He is a soldier still, and if he has been a good one he will continue to act like one. He will show respect to his superior officers and will treat his fellow soldiers as he would be treated, including those who, less fortunate than he, were unable to play the warm game overseas. W. M. IRELAND, Surgeon General, U. S. A. WAR INSURANCE IS BETTER THAN EVER NOW, BUD May Be Converted Into Ordinary Life or Twenty-Payment Policies. By WILLIAM G. McADOO. I desire to remind all America's soldiers that it is their opportunity and their privilege to keep up their insurance with the United States government after the war has officially terminated and even after they have returned to civil life. More than 4,000,000 officers and men of the army and navy are now insured with the government, through the Bureau of War Risk Insurance of the Treasury Department. The grand total of insurance is more than $36,000,000,000. In its present form, this insurance is annual, renewable term insurance at net peace rates, issued against death and total permanent disability. Under the provisions of the War Risk Insurance Act, every person holding this insurance may keep it up in this form even after he leaves the service, for a period of five years. All that is necessary is the regular payment of premiums. Moreover, the law provides that not later than five years after the termination of the war as declared by Presidential proclamation, the term insurance shall be converted, without medical examination, into such form or forms of insurance as may be prescribed by regulations and as the insured may request. In accordance with the provisions of the law, these regulations will provide for the right to convert into ordinary life, twenty-payment life, endowment maturing at age 62, and into other usual forms of insurance. This insurance will continue to be government insurance. The various forms of policies which the Bureau of War Risk Insurance will write are now being prepared. Every person in the military service owes it to himself and to his family to hold on to Uncle Sam's insurance. It is the strongest, safest, and cheapest life insurance ever written. Just as the insurance relieved our soldiers and sailors of anxiety and misgivings for the welfare of their loved ones and protected them against the hazards of war, so it will continue to protect them through the days of readjustment and reconstruction and in time of peace. Advantages Emphasized. The advantages of keeping this insurance in force cannot be emphasized too strongly. The right to continue it is a valuable right given by the government to our fighting men as part of the compensation for their services. If this right is lost by allowing insurance to lapse it can never be regained. When government insurance is allowed to lapse the holder cannot obtain insurance except from private companies at a considerable increase in cost. Moreover, many of the men may have become uninsurable as a result of the war through physical impairment, and if these allow their insurance to lapse they will lose the last opportunity for their families to have the protection of life insurance. The economic value of life insurance to society is so well recognized as to need no argument. The government now has in force upon the lives of 4,000,000 American citizens who have fought its battles, a life insurance group larger than all others combined. Therefore, it is manifestly of the highest importance not only to the fighting men and their dependents but to all the people, that the largest possible percentage of this insurance shall be continued in force after its holders shall be returned to civil life. Nurse in Tin Can Scrap. Miss Garrison, student nurse of Ward 73, is wearing a bandaged thumb and a wound stripe. She received her wound in the tin can engagement in kitchen sector.
Is This Where You Get Your Discharge? A parade of troopships from France to the Atlantic ports of the United States has been the answer to the question agitating the aggregate mentality of the A. E. F.: "When are we going home"? As the ships bring back the men there is a demobilization camp waiting to receive them nearest to their homes. Pick your favorite: Camp Beauregard, La. Camp Devens, Mass. Camp Doge, Iowa. Camp Grant, Ill. Camp Gordon, Ga. Camp Hancock, Ga. Camp Lee, Va. Camp Logan, Texas. Camp Custer, Mich. Camp Funston, Kan. Camp Greenleaf, Ga. Camp Kearny, Cal. Campe Meade, Md. Camp Sevier, S. C. Camp Taylor, Ky. Camp MacArthur, Texas. Camp Pike, Ark. Camp Shelby, Miss. Camp Sherman, Ohio. Camp Greene, N. C. Camp Wadsworth, S. C. Camp Jackson, S. C. Camp Bowie, Tex. Camp Dix, N. J. Camp Travis, Texas. Camp Humphreys, Va. Camp Lewis, Wash. Camp McClellan, Ala. Camp Sheridan, Ala. Camp Upton, N. Y. WHERE YOU GO TO GET A JOB U. S. Employment Service Has a Bureau in Your Home Town. If there's a job for you, you can find out all about it at the headquarters of the Bureau for Returning Soldiers and Sailors in your town. With the approval of all the cabinet secretaries, the United States Employment Service has established one of these bureaus in practically every town throughout the country and it is here that all information regarding jobs for returning soldiers and sailors is gathered, sorted, catalogued and put into the best possible form for the use of the men who are so vitally interested in getting back to work. Of course it is necessary that the principal information and the actual cataloguing of the various positions open should be kept at one place as much as possible, but nearly every organization interested in the welfare of the soldier has co-operated in this work, so that the men may find out details regarding new work at nearly any branch of the Red Cross. Y. M. C. A., National Catholic War Council, Jewish Welfare Board, Salvation Army, American Federation of Labor, War Camp Community Service, Lutheran Brotherhood, draft boards, and others. The general method of operation which is of course primarily the most interesting feature to the returning soldier or sailor, is extremely easy. The man who is discharged from the service and who wants a job may call personally at the bureau for returning soldiers or sailors, or he may go to any of the organizations mentioned above which are co-operating with the bureau. While it is not necessary that he call at any particular place, he will probably be sent to one central headquarters before he gets through, for the actual records of just what jobs are open are kept at one place. So far excellent co-operation has existed between the bureaus, the various organizations representing the bureaus, and the employers. Bureaus are kept informed by employers as soon as positions are open, and the bureaus in turn keep the various other bodies in touch with the situation, so that it is not all difficult for any returning soldier or sailor to find out any organization headquarters some information regarding his chances for a new job. Services Are Held In Beautiful Church At Debarkation No. 51 While making every effort to provide for the material needs of the patients and personnel of Debarkation Hospital 51, the Government has not neglected the spiritual want. In the person of Lieut. Cosby M. Robertson, the chaplain, the religious representative of the Army has been chosen wisely, in the opinion of all the men he has encountered. The chapel is one which any city would consider itself fortunate in having. It is built of brick and the cost of its construction at present prices would easily run to $100,000. It is fitted with a splendid pipe-organ and recitals are frequently held. The chapel is divided, as formerly it was used for both Catholic and Protestant services. At this time there is no Catholic chaplain here. Chaplain Robertson arranges for the services of a priest when any of the men desire it and the same attention is shown to the wishes of any man who desires to see a minister of his own denomination. The first attention of the chaplain is naturally given to the religious work, but he assists in the social work of the hospital as well. He co-operates in arranging evening entertainments and spends much time in visiting the patients in the wards. Men are privileged at all times to visit him in his office. Church services are no held in the chapel on Sunday at 7:30 p. m. It is planned to use slides and pictures at certain of these services, as the chapel is fitted up for this. The organization of a young peoples' society is also planned, says Lieut. Robertson. THEY'LL SURELY COME BACK Will they come back? Of course they will - These wounded men can ne'er sit still Who've tasted hell's most bitter dregs And lost their arms or p'rhaps their legs; Or maybe are blinded, or worse than that Have jaws knocked out so they cannot chat; Cheerful and brave-and never without lack, Our heroic boys will surely "come back." -C. A. Leicht, New Lisbon, Wis. WHERE WE GO FROM HERE IS NEAR TO HOME Almost Sure to Be Within Three Hundred Miles of Folks. TO OLD CAMP, PERHAPS This Hospital May Be a Long Way, But You Won't Stay Here. This is a straightforward "news story" for the men who have just come back from overseas, who are wounded or disabled in some way, and who are anxious to know, more than anything else, "where do we go from here." You asked this question before you left this country, and naturally you are asking it the moment you return. It is fine to be back home, but even so, the United States is a pretty big place, and while it feels good to know that the Atlantic Ocean no longer separates you from the "folks," some of you no doubt are wondering if Virginia isn't just a little further from home than you had counted on. Hence this article. Not Here Very Long. The first thing the government has to tell you is that you will not stay here in this debarkation hospital very long. Perhaps by the time this paper is handed to you and you have read this article you will be on your way West, North or South, as the case may be. Briefly, you are to be sent to a hospital which will be located as nearly as possible to the section of the country from which you came. That, in a nutshell, is the policy of the hospital division of the Surgeon General's office, and when you come to think it over it is not such a bad plan after all. For you are almost sure to be a patient in a hospital which will not be MORE than 300 miles from your home. And in a good many instances it will be considerably less. Now to the man from the East or even Middle West, the term "300 miles" may strike terror to the heart. But to the man from the Far West, Northwest or Southwest, it will be as sweet as the guns that boomed forth the word of peace on November 11. But, after all, 300 miles isn't such a distance, and the War Department instructions read plainly that the hospitals "are so located the maximum distance a relative will have to travel to see a patient will be 300 miles." Furthermore, these hospitals have been so located about the country that in a great many cases the soldier will actually be placed in a hospital in his own State, or at least in a State directly adjoining that in which he lives. For the hospitals, which number seventy-five, and which have a total capacity of 04,321 beds, are located in sixteen districts of the country, and these sixteen districts include no less than thirty-three States of the Union leaving only fifteen states in which no hospitals are located. Usually in Home State. In addition, these fifteen States which have no hospitals are States which are easily accessible so that there will be few if any soldiers who will find themselves far from home in any of these general or base hospitals. It may even happen, as it already has happened in numerous cases, that you will be transferred to the very base hospital in the camp which you were first trained when you entered the service. The sixteen sections in which the seventy-five hospitals are located embrace the following parts of the country: Sections 1 to 5 include the Eastern States, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania and part of Virginia. Sections 6 and 7 take in the Southeastern States; 8, 9, 10 and 11 include the Middle West, with Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Illinois, while section 12 embraces the States of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Section 13 includes Iowa and Minnesota. Sections 14 and 15 take in hospitals in the West and Southwest, and section 15 includes the Far Wars, with hospitals in Utah, California and Washington. The District groupings follow. Hospitals in 16 Districts. No. 1 - General Hospitals at Boston, New Haven, East Norfolk, Mass.; Plattsburgh Barracks and the base hospital at Camp Devens. No. 2 - General Hospitals at Williamsbridge, N. Y., and East View, N. Y., and base hospital at Camp Upton. No. 3 - General Hospitals at Colonia, N. J.; Fort Porter, Fort Ontario, Otisville, N. Y.; Lakewood, N. J.; Cape May, N. J.; Dansville, N. Y.; Madison Barracks, and base hospital at Camp Dix. No. 4 - General Hospitals at Fort McHenry, Md.; Rowland Park, Md.; Carlisle, Pa., and Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D. C., and base hospital at Camp Mead. No. 5 - General Hospitals at Markletown, Pa.; Richmond, Va.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Camp Lee, Va. No. 6 - General Hospitals at Biltmore, Waynesville, Azalea, and Hot Springs, N. C., and base hospitals at Camps Greene, Sevier, Wadsworth and Jackson, S. C. No. 7 - General Hospitals at Forts McPherson and Oglethorpe, Ga., and base hospitals at Camps Gordon, Hancock, Wheeler, McClellan and Sheridan. No 8 - Base hospital at Camp Sherman, Ohio. No. 9 - General hospitals at Fort Benjamin Harrison, and West Baden, Ind., and base hospital at Camp Taylor. No. 10 - General hospital, Detroit, and base hospital at Camp Custer. No. 11 - Cooper-Monatha Hotel, Chicago; general hospital at Fort Sheridan, and base hospital at Camp Grant. No. 12 - General hospitals at Hot Springs and Fort Logan, and base hospitals at Camps Pike, Beauregard and Shelby. No. 13 - General hospitals at Forts Des Moines and Snelling, and base hospital at Camp Dodge. No. 14- General hospitals at Fort Bayard, N. M.; Whipple Barrack, Ariz., and Denver, Col., and base hospitals at Camp Cody and Fort Riley. No. 15 - General hospital. Corpus Christi, Tex., and base hospitals at Camps Logan, Travis, McArthur and Bowie, and at Forts Sam Houston, Sill and Bliss. No. 16 - General hospitals at Fort Douglas, Utah and Presidio, San Francisco and base hospitals at Camps Kearney, Fremont and Lewis.