Posts Tagged ‘Hunger’

Don’t Shirk

November 25, 2012

Image from The Great Humanitarian


War’s wanton waste
Needs be replaced
By work — unflagging work!
Now the hour of haste,
Don’t shirk!

The starved seek food,
Not platitude.
Help banish gloom and murk!
List the hymn of gratitude,
Don’t shirk!

Somewhere men freeze,
Would take thy ease
And with the idle lurk?
Help now! Each moment seize,
Don’t shirk!

Uplift this world of ours again,
Be one of God’s real noblemen!
Let dreamers rant and smirk,
Of grit and pluck they are no ken,
Don’t shirk!

Each motto be: “I’ll help too.
Help to see the right go through,”
Such the Master’s work.
Then shall all men say of you:
“No shirk!”

— J.B. Foster in N.Y. Sun.

Olean Evening Times (Olean, New York) Dec 15, 1919

Mule Gruel and Molasses

December 16, 2008

Log Hut Company Kitchen

Times were tough during the Civil War, especially in the south. Two examples from the same southern newspaper:

HORSE AND MULE MEAT.–Our contemporary of the Charlotte Democrat copies with commendation the advice of the Richmond Enquirer, that we must take good care of the horses and mules, for we may have to come at last to horse and mule meat. Will the Editors of those journals set the example? Let them have their teeth filed and make a trial of it. John Mitchell was no doubt used to such meat in Europe, but it would test the molars of our contemporary Yates.

What a commentary is this on the extravagance of those in power! Eighteen months ago meat was as plentiful almost as rocks. The army and the people had the greatest abundance; but now the army is reduced to a few ounces to each man per day, and thousands of our people have not tasted meat for weeks. The most magnificent resources any people ever had to begin a revolution, have been misapplied and wasted; and now the suggestion from the official paper is, the people must make up their minds to live on horse and mule meat. They will do no such thing. They will stop the war before they will do it.

You go, girls!

THE WOMEN SEIZING MOLASSES.–We learn from a friend that seven women at High Point, a day or two since, six of whom were soldier’s wives, went to the store of Mr. Wilham Welch and rolled out a barrel of molasses and divided it. The merchant, it is said, had refused to sell, and was holding up for a higher price. Our informant states that the merchant is a great war man, and favors general impressment of supplies by the army. How does he like the principle of impressment as applied in his case?

Weekly Standard (Raleigh, North Carolina) 25 March 1863