Extracts from Letters

"The first two pages of the following letter from a Belgian soldier in France may be interesting to you, and perhaps to the field, as it reflects so admirably upon the War Relief and Camp Welfare committee. This Belgian boy will be twenty-two years of age in January, 1919, and in 1917 picked up a pamphlet in the front trenches in France in which appeared my son's name attached to a little news item, published some five years before for the benefit of children in distant ports. The idea occurred to the young soldier to start a correspondence with a boy in America.

"Shortly after the first letter was received I sent the soldier boy several Sentinels. He later thanked me for them, stating that they were very interesting, and wondering what the Christian Science textbook was like. I at once handed the full military address of this boy, who at that time was in a base hospital, to the War Relief and Camp Welfare committee in Chicago, who forwarded my request to France, and the accompanying letter from the soldier boy is the first received after I sent in his name to the committee. A letter received prior to this states that the boy will not be returned to the front lines. The operations of divine Love as traced herein are plain and satisfying, and with our efforts while about our Father's business, carried on in truth and love for all mankind, surely return to each full compensation."

[The letter above referred to]

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Access to Right Ideas
November 30, 1918

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