I have from time to time in this narrative of the second year mentioned our financial troubles. During the early months of 1916, we were receiving about a $4,800,000 monthly subsidy from the British for the Belgians and about $1,000,000 a month from world charity. Also, we received about $3,000,000 a month from the French Government for the North of France.
Prices of food and transport steadily increased, and by the summer of 1916, we had to secure more financial support for both Belgium and the North of France.
We inaugurated a more vigorous drive for charity on behalf of Belgian children. I addressed a letter to His Holiness the Pope, bespeaking his influence with the great Catholic membership in the United States. I received the following reply:
THE VATICAN, October 27, 1916
The Honorable Herbert Hoover London Illustrious Sir:
Your esteemed pages, dated October 19th, duly reached the august hands of the Holy Father, in which you explained the very sad situation