The Canteen. Just Pals Stories Jokes Witty Sayings of the Boys in Khaki.

Boston: Allied Printing Trades Council, c. 1919. Paperback. A booklet to be sold by unemployed ex-servicemen as a means of self-support, unrecorded on OCLC. "Price:- Give what you please". There follows an explanation, "These days of after the war are days to try men from the humblest digger in the street to the leading capitalist." Then a series of amusing anecdotes and poems. Also "Troops Furnished by Each State in World War", with the dates( April 7, 1917 to November 11, 1918, including Regular Army, National Army, National Guard, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and United States Guards.) The numbers seem distorted, but the total is 4,764,071. There is a page contesting Rudyard Kipling's denigration of the war effort as too late, forcing a premature peace and "quitting the day of the armistice without waiting to see the thing through". The author mounts his defense- Raised armed forces totaling 4,800,00 men; held 23 per cent of the Western front by Oct 10, 1918; the amount of loans raised, donations to the Red Cross, the Commission for the Relief of Belgium, etc. 5 3/4 by 4 1/4". 16mo, 16 pp unnumbered, printed tan wraps a bit tanned, back cover a little creased, overall in better than acceptable condition. Good + overall. Item #28134

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