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YEAR-18 - comprc-' Our Soldiers Should Bo Tactful....
comprc-' Our Soldiers Should Bo Tactful. According to complaiuts that resell New York papers information comes in private letters from some of our men in France that there is an unpleasant disposition manifested by n class of American soldiers, not excluding officers, to boast that . they have, come to "save Franqe," the implication, even the direct intimation, being that the allies would be' defeated without us. It is a form of tho old bragging assertion that America con "lick" the world. Gertrude Atherton hns had reports of this lack of tnet on the part of our men, and her protest in tho New York Time's is followed by the testimony of others who have had similar information. It Ib not nt all likely that this boastfuluess is general, however, or thnt where it is indulged in it is anything more than the careless talk of .boys who do not mean what they say seriously and nro unconscious of the offense that may bo given in case their "jokes" nro lnot understood. For these soldiers, young and old, well know that the military achievements of the French have been nmoug the wonders of the world ; they know that the British hove fought bravely, and they also know thnt the allies wero in no immedinte danger of defeat oven -had wo not come upon the scene. Our soldiers go to France to help, to strengthen the forces of the allies.. With their aid tho day will be tho sooner carried ngaiust tho Germans, but it will not be . on American victory; it will, bo n victory of the allied forces that include ourselves.

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  1. The Indianapolis Star,
  2. 19 Sep 1917, Wed,
  3. Page 6

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