When the Morgue Lady peruses microfilm of early editions of the Arizona Daily Star, she generally looks for interesting Arizona news to retell local history buffs.
We all know there was a big war that ended in 1918, so war news, unless it was local, was not on the radar. However, when the Morgue Lady saw this headline, she was horrified enough to read the article. Thankfully, the horror didn't last.
From the Arizona Daily Star, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1918:
The Morgue Lady originally had visions of babies stuffed into duffle bags to be spirited home to the States.
Now she knows where that charity on TV got its idea to have people adopt a child for 50 cents a day. "About the price of a cup of coffee," say these people who have never been to Starbucks. As long as it helps the children.
It was extremely accommodating of the YMCA to help these poor men spend their money. It would have been very hard on them to have to save it so they'd have cash when they return home. But that's what charities do.