THE CHARITY OF THE WORLD
The Commission had a dual purpose in appealing to the charity of the world. We had to have funds with which to buy food if the Belgians were to live. Equally, we had to have the support of the neutral world and the people of the Allied countries if the Commission were to live.
We had no need to describe to the neutral world the bitter plight of the Belgians. The outrages perpetrated on them were headlined daily by the press.
We prepared and issued our first appeal to world charity at the first meeting of the Commission on October 22, 1914. We were fortunate that Melville E. Stone, General Manager of the Associated Press, became our adviser and mentor in publicizing our cause. To do so effectively, Stone delegated Ben S. Allen of his London staff to work with C.R.B.
To organize the charitable giving, I telegraphed the Governors of the American States asking them to establish committees of responsible men and women to collect money and commodities for relief. The Governors organized all forty-eight states.
We also organized a committee of leading men and women in Great Britain under the leadership of the Duke of Norfolk. He, in turn, organized the countries of the British Commonwealth. The Spanish Ambassador in London arranged that his government set up a committee in Spain. Upon my appeal, the Presidents of Argentina and some other Latin American countries also established influential committees.