August 5, 1916
Dear Mrs. Meloney,
There are a good many things that America
needs, if Santa Claus could only give them!
Here are a few of them:
1. That every molly-coddle, professional
pacifist, and man who is "too proud to fight" when the nation's quarrel
is just, should be exiled to those out of the way parts... where
the spirit of manliness has not yet penetrated.
2. That every decent young man should
have a family, job, and the military training which will enable him
to keep this country out of war by making it dangerous for any ruthles
military people to attack us.
3. That every youngster should have a
good and wise mother; and every good woman a child for her arms.
4. That we may all of us become an efficient,
patriotic, and nobly proud people - too proud either to inflict wrong
or to endure it.
Good luck, Always yours