The Call to Women
The Call to Women With the swooping down of influenza the deplorable shortage one essential of modern life, if we are to make use of gained at great cost, has-been emphasized. There are not nurses. The ranks of the indispensable ministers to the sick home have been depleted by the calls of war, but the lesson present visitation is that there are not enough nurses for the country's needs when unusual demand arises. Had the influenza during peace, the cries of the suffering would have gone in large degree because there were not enough nurses before for an emergency. In every neighborhood there is complaint the seriously sick cannot be given proper attention because there are too few nurses. In the hospitals even nursing forces are intact only with the greatest difficulty. And all the time the the war grows louder and more insistent. All this should have sharp meaning for the women of who are capable of taking up nursing as a profession or in for nursing simply as their contribution toward winning the The great need of nurses at home is apparent to all. The the Army is far greater. The Medical Department has stated shall need 50,000 new nurses by July 1 next. Yet the coming forward so slowly there is doubt that the required will be had. Some thousands of those in hospital trailing unquestionably will go abroad in the near future ; they have the work with that laudable end in view. But when they what shall become of the sick people at home? We know long the grip will be with us, nor what other epidemic may it In the meantime more nurses will be called for by the not impossible that some sort of "persuasion" will have to be resorted to in order to get all that must be had. So now is the volunteers. Our women should lose no time in getting in line nursing. Those who cannot be war nurses can take care of sick at home, which also will.be war work, since we must Or overcome sickness quickly, if we are to do our part in *" iys tfrefe."