THE AMERICAN RED CROSS IN THE MEURTHE-ET-MOSELLE

MAYNARD LADD
1918 Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine  
The story of Toul is the story of the development of the civilian work of the American Red Cross in the department of the Meurtheet-Moselle. The little walled city surrounded by some of the most formidable fortifications in France has never in times of peace been a place of great importance. In times of war, however, Toul has always figured largely in the events of the day, and has proved the backbone of the defense of old Lorraine. Now, in the fourth year of the war, when America enters the
more » ... erica enters the world's struggle and seeks through the activities of the American Red Cross to show to the French people the depths of their admiration and sympathy, we find that Toul has become the center about which all the civilian relief work naturally groups itself. ENVIRONMENTS NEAR TOUL From the top of the hill of Dommartin on which our barrack hospital rests, one sees a wonderful expanse of country. The city of Toul rests in the valley at our feet, deep-moated, high walled, its great cathedral rising like a mighty sentinel in the midst of quaint and ancient gray stone houses. Fort St. Michel, a miniature Gibraltar, towers higher than our hills, higher than the great cathedral, its guns pointing up the valley where, some kilometers away, rest the khaki lines of America's first army in France. A little to the right one sees the hangars of a former French aerodrome, now occupied by the first squadron of American aviators. Some of us were fortunate enough to witness the first clash of hostile planes with our own, when Camp¬ bell of Harvard and Winslow of Yale turned the tables on an over¬ confident and arrogant enemy. Still further to the right are the great automobile repair shops of Jean d'Arc, and one knows that over there beyond the hills are other aviation camps, military hospitals and muni¬ tion factories. In other words, we are the center, geographically, of a place teeming with military and industrial activity, but from all of these we are so removed from Hun objectives that it is unlikely that their bombs will drop on our twenty or more red-crossed roofs by accident. If the Boche comes by design for purpose of reprisal, it matters little to them whether we are on the top of our little hill, or 10 or IS miles
doi:10.1001/archpedi.1918.01910160031005 fatcat:ppxynl55l5d3vfdxzksijj4xoa