ABOUT THE PRINTING OF A RED CROSS BOOK
CLARA BARTON. Autograph Letter Signed:
"C B.", 3p, 4¾x7¾. [Oxford, Mass.], no date. To Roscoe G. Wells.
In full: "I am going into Worcester to dine and shall try to reach you by
phone. The little book is here and very pretty - but I miss the wide margins.
I know the printer will say the addition of two other leaves, and a little
larger print as we spoke of will increase the cost etc etc. I know that; but if
it is worth doing in the first place, it is worth paying for in the last.
The dignity of the book is [illegible] by the effort to save space
and cost. You know we spoke of the print of the little Red Cross book for
type, with leaves like that, and wide margins and expected it would take
four pages. Please hold, until we see if that, or something
like it cannot be done. I will send this but hope to get you on
phone today. I have all the lovely Xmas greetings - and am so happy one
item - Miss Jennings is here. we go to Ida's to eat Turkey this afternoon. I am
in such haste I cannot write." Postscript: "all is
right, but the too crowded matter surely cares. Over".
On verso of this page, Barton adds: "As I look at it again I do
not see as really there need be more leaves added. There are two or
rather three spare pages as it is. Could not be page of Officers be
pushed on, to the last, or next to the last page - and this gives four,
instead of the pages of the greetings, and then have just double the space for
print and margins. There are really three blank pages as it is. Is this
necessary? Is it more [illegible] to utilize what we have - are 4 blank pages is
required for appearance - them add two leaves. Please, Assistant dear help me
think - we want it elegant." General ROSCOE G. WELLS was Barton's
assistant at the National First Aid Association of America. On May 14, 1904,
CLARA BARTON resigned as President of the American National Red Cross, in
wake of mounting criticism of her management style, ability and age (82). In
April, 1905, she established the National First Aid Association of America and
served as honorary president for five years. It was based on an unsuccessful
first aid program Barton had initiated within the Red Cross. The new
organization emphasized basic first aid instruction and emergency preparedness
and developed the first aid kit now used at homes and in schools and
businesses. Ambulance brigades were formed in conjunction with police and
fire departments, as well as in industrial settings. Though the organization
didn't grow as she had hoped, her goal was achieved: first aid training was
incorporated as one of the essential functions of the American Red Cross. Fine
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