The Des Moines
Des Moines, Iowa
April 14, 1918
Page 18, Column
MEETING THE TEST.
The United States is just at the threshold of the war.
the last three weeks, our casualties in France have not exceeded
fifty killed in battle. In the same period, Great Britain has
lost at least 200,000 men, killed, wounded and missing.
Within a month, the war will begin to come home to the United
States, Our casualty lists will soon amount to 1,000 a week, then
to 10,000, one-fifth of these constituting Americans who
sacrifice their lives for their country.
Americans show the same spirit that moves the mother of Cecil
Conley of Atlantic, Ia., who was killed last month in France? The
following is taken from an appeal she issued to the people of her
"Our little service flag in the window has
been speaking to the passerby, saying, 'I am the voice of a
soldier son, gone to be gone till the victory is won. I am the
flag of a mother's son and won't come down till the victory is
won." Already that blue star has ceased speaking and I am looking
for a gold star to say to the people that Cecil has made the
supreme sacrifice. Is money a sacrifice? You may replace it some
time, but this boy will never be replaced. Oh, good people, will
you not loan your money so that he will not have died in vain? I
appeal to the women whose sons, husbands and brothers have gone
where the war god thrives, if you are called upon to make the
sacrifice, to be as brave as the women over there and I, being
one of the first, am trying to be, hoping and praying that my
bravery will help some one else."
Five million mothers in
France and England have shown this spirit, when confronted by the
same enduring loss.
Is the death of Cecil Conley going to
be in vain? Is the death of Captain McHenry and of Corporal
MacRae and of all the other Iowa boys to be in vain? Shall the
millions of French soldiers, the more than a million British
soldiers, and the tens of thousands of Americans have it written
as their epitaphs that they died in a lost cause?
cannot come to pass. The cause is too just. Its success is too
necessary to the well-being of the world. The sacrifice has been
too great to permit failure.
A German victory in this war
will mean that the millions who have died are better off than
those who survive. A German victory will mean that whole nations,
assuming the burden which has been borne by Belgium and northern
France, can only await a renewal of the struggle to throw off the
There must be no failure and no faltering.
Transcribed and contributed by Eileen
Reed, September, 2016
~ source: 'The Des Moines
April 14, 1918
~ submitted by Cheryl Siebrass
Cass County IAGenWeb