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Read what Riggs did — Read what Rabbi Wise said —
and did —, and then —
What do YOU say? What will YOU do?
Riggs is a Near East Relief workzar (one of 511) in Western Asia—the Turk’s Butcher Shop. Riggs
has been there for some time. He has seen sights—men murdered in cold blood, women stricken down
or, worse, led into brutal bondage; little children, homeless, naked, starving, * dropping like flies, in the
streets.” General Harbord called it “misery unadorned.”” Howard Heinz, representing Herbert Hoover
there, said: ‘Merciful God, it’s all true. Nobody has ever told the whole truth. Nobody could!”
And yet Riggs, kindly, compassionate, heroic Riggs, has not grown callous, has not lost faith. Riggs
sent a cablegram. It was addressed to Dr. James L. Barton, chairman of Near East Relief. And when
Rabbi Stephen Wise, of the Free Synagogue, New York City, read that cablegram he wrote a brief
letter to Dr. Barton.
THE CABLEGRAM THE LETTER
BARTON 14 BEACON STREET BOSTON MASS. Dear Dr. Barton:
NEW REDUCTION APPROPRIATION NECESSITATES
TURNING OUT MANY OUR GRPHANS TO STARVE
AS WINTER BEGINS BESIDES THOUSANDS AL=
READY REFUSED. WE CANNOT DO IT
: Riggs is right, Be can't do
jt, He can't turn out any more orphans. :
and we must not let him, I beg. the privie
lege of taking care of one oF a orphans
for the year and of pledging $100 for :its
§ cara, I am sure that many, many more \
would do this if they knew of these little.
ores, Riggs is right, God bless him,
(Signed) Stephen Wise
Two hundred and fifty thousand homeless children are dependent on the kindly hearts
of America for rescue from cold, hunger and disease. |
Over one million adults are destitute. ~The Turks have wantonly demolished their
dwellings, stolen their farming implements, robbed their country ot every valuable thing
—even the window panes from houses and hospitals have been carried away! Until
the next harvest the only hope of these people is America.
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help!’
The oldest Christian people on earth—now free, though crushed by centuries of
oppression—lift up their eyes to America, to YOU!
Must they look in vain? Must little shivering children
be turned out to die?
No! Not if YOU, too, say with Rabbi Wise:
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