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-3- recreation house for working girls after Camp Gordon no longer exists, and it was thought wise to build it solidly enough to become a permanent asset. An expenditure of a small additional sum now to ensure substantial material, will undoubtedly save many thousands of dollars in the future. Many of the government barracks are recognized to be of such a temporary construction, that they will need extensive repairs and reenforcements within three years, if used so long. Five other hostess houses in the Southeast, being built to save smaller camps, will cost about $12,000 each, without equipment. Saturday afternoon, we had a business conference with Miss Friedman and Miss Kellogg, our architect for the hostess houses in the South Atlantic Field. Previously, in reply to making many inquiries about Miss Kellogg, we we heard much praise of her businesslikeness, ability and promptness. The criticism that came to us was not about her but about our hostess houses in general, namely that we were spending too large an amount of money on temporary buildings; but we have found both at Camp Lee and Camp Gordon that it was a question of doing the thing that was needed and wanted by the military authorities or not doing it. Doing it cost money; not doing it would be the only way to save the expenditure. We cannot but believe that doing it inadequately would be a costly procedure in the long run. We were delighted at the close and untiring attention to detail given by both Miss Friedman and Miss Kellogg to keeping down expenses and producing good work. Cost of labor is from $5 to $15 per day; many foremen are getting $125 a week. Investigation of the criticism that hostess house furniture had been bought from the most expensive furniture dealer in the south proved that this firm was the only one who could deliver such a large order for seven hostess houses in less than six to nine months; and that they had become so interested in our work that they had not only given the lowest wholesale price (actually lower than any of the so called less expensive firms) but had also refused to take the usual percentage of profit for themselves. I believe the slogan for raising money in places where the work is little known should be "forget the money and think only of the work." I have come home with a deepened realization that war is not a sudden erratic ebullition, but is just the climax of wrong economic and social conditions. I think our association has the possibility of getting hold of fundamental conditions among women and through them affecting the world of industry in such a way that if our vision, earnestness and faith are strong enough, we may surely help towards the establishment of justice, arbitration and voluntary submission to principles of truth and love as the only solvers of difficulties, and so be a powerful factor towards permanent peace. Our task is appalling, "Without Him we could not get through," but if we are faithful enough to Him, I believe our fellowship of women, locking arms between the north and