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Clara Barton

AMERICA'S RELIEF EXPEDITION TO ASIA MINOR UNDER THE RED CROSS


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[page 120]

RED CROSS PRINCIPLES.

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Owing to the importance of the subject, it has been decided to place the subjoined statement on a page by itself rather than embody it in the continuous matter of the report. Evident confusion exists in the minds of our people in regard to the methods of Red Cross relief. We desire to state so emphatically that those who run may read, that THE AMERICAN NATIONAL RED CROSS NEVER APPEALS NOR SOLICITS AID FOR ANY PURPOSE. It does not even adopt the customary and popular practice of raising money by entertainments, as teas, fairs, etc. We are from time to time made aware of the existence of such methods for raising money, apparently by the Red Cross. These are by outside societies or bodies using its unprotected name and insignia for local objects of their own, and to which object they are applied, never finding their way to the relief work of the National organization.

It is a principle which we have always steadfastly maintained that charity and beneficence were degraded by being reduced to a dependence upon a system of beggary. This principle we have not only openly advocated but rigidly carried out in practice.

Some readers may recall an article appearing in the New York Tribune of May, 1896, from which we make the following brief extract:

"A moment's reflection will be sufficient to recall to your readers the fact that in all the fourteen years of the existence of the Red Cross in America, and on almost a score of fields where it has administered relief, they have never been appealed to by it

[page 121] RED CROSS PRINCIPLES.

for contributions. Its first and strong principles are, never to ask for help. Its method is to go instantly, with its own funds, to a field of reported disaster, simply giving notice of the fact that it goes, investigate, and on learning the situation, faithfully report the same to the people through all public channels, and private sources as well. This information, which can be thoroughly relied upon, has always been held sufficient.

"It takes the ground that the American people, intelligent, humane and liberal, require only to be assured of a real need, and shown an avenue by which it can be reached with relief, to call from them the proper action; they are as humane as ourselves, and need no appeal for generosity from us. The Red Cross will continue to state conditions plainly, but claims no monopoly of charity."


Contents  |  Pages 1, 2  |  Executive Report by Miss Clara Barton
Financial Report by George H. Pullman  |  Financial Balance Sheet  |  Map Of Asia Minor
Pages 57, 58  |  1st Expedition Report  |  2nd Expedition Report  |  3rd Expediton Report
4th Expedition Report  |  Telegrams  |  Red Cross Principles  |  In Memoriam
Contents (as in the book)  |  Illustrations

Acknowledgements:

Source: Clara Barton. America's relief expedition to Asia Minor under the Red Cross. Journal Publishing Company, Meriden, Conn. 1896.

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