Mus. W. L. Ro.wsn      GEORGE A. BuaNs    MRs. JAMES ER MxAN
Chairian Womei's Work  Director I ictory BoYs  Dii ector Victor y Girls
one who has on his mind and heart every waking hour-and those
hours are many each day--the vital interests of the republic, that one
whose heart interest, as I can testify from many conversations, is
with each one of these seven societies, when that great leader of ours-
and the one I think of in a unique sense as the leader of the world-
said to us 'The difficulties of your going forward in seven separate
appeals are far greater than any difficulties that might attend your
blending your efforts and going forward together,' that, so far as my
knowledge goes, settled the matter once for all for every leader, mem-
ber and loyal friend of any one of these organizations. We trust our
President. The American people have never parted company with
him in this war in any one of his proclamations or requests and the
last one in connection with which they would part company with his
leadership would be this one which seeks to unite all of the forces of
righteousness and unselfishness on behalf of the manhood and boyhood
of the nation who are seeking to bear the impossible strain of this
greatest struggle."
During the course of his memorable address, Dr. Mott pointed out that
another manifest advantage in this cooperative management was the mak-
ing possible of large economies. He explained that this meant not only a
great saving of money but even more the conservation of the time and
energy of many thousands of business and professional men. He also said
the cooperative plan will make for higher efficiency on the part of the
seven societies. Another advantage cited by him was that the bringing
together in common action as well as common plan of these societies was
destined to promote better feeling all over the United States of America.
The promotion of religious unity is another feature of the consolidation,
said Dr. Mott.
"Were I to mention another advantage of this plan and of its practices,"
said Dr. Mott, "it is this: that it opens up boundless opportunities for all
of us; opportunities for a largeness of soul; opportunities for illustrating
genuine catholicity of spirit; opportunities for exercising the finest leader-
ship in the sense of that sentence in the Bible, 'He who would be greatest
among you shall be the servant of all;' boundless opportunities likewise to
forget ourselves and to magnify others and to serve.
"So T say when the people back home remind you that there are some
things that may have caused mental reservations or some difficulties they
see in the appeal, remind them that difficulties are an added attraction."