The Road -- The Sacred Work -- Balance Sheet Of The Soldier-Workman -- The Children's Jewel Fund -- France, 1916-1917--An Impression -- Englishman and Russian -- American and Briton -- Anglo-American Drama and Its Future -- Speculations -- The Land, 1917 -- The Land, 1918 -- Grotesques
grain of salt. No one can foretell--surely not this writer--with anything approaching certainty what will be the final effect of this war on the soldier-workman. One can but marshal some of the more obvious and general liabilities and assets, and try to strike a balance. The whole thing is in flux. Millions are going into the crucible at every temperature; and who shall say at all precisely what will come out or what conditions the product issuing will meet with, though they obviously cannot be the same as before the war? For in considering this question, one must run into the account on either side not only the various effects of the war on the soldier-workman, but the altered influences his life will encounter in the future, so far as one can foresee; and this is all navigation in uncharted waters.
Talking with and observing French soldiers during the winter of 1916-1917, and often putting to them this very question: How is the war going to affect the soldier-workman? I noticed that their answers fol