Feb. 7, 2006, Omaha World-Herald
British Brides of GI’s Suspected Catch in Generosity of Red Cross
New York (NANA)
The Red Cross which has done a stupendous job right through the war surpassed itself on the steamship Argentina, which brought British brides and babies to the States.
English girls are unused to having things given to them. They have been used to queuing, giving points, and paying dearly for everything. Never before had they come in contact with American Red Cross and its generosity.
At first they were inclined to think there must be a catch in it. They thought they would be debited with a tremendous sum when they reached their destination. When it was explained to them that everything was free they were inarticulate.
Many of them wanted to give a donation to the Red Cross on the spot, others wanted to be advised where they could send a donation.
In a few cases, the girls were worried that they wouldn’t have enough money to pay for their incidental expenses on their trip across-country. They were told that the New York Red Cross Chapter will grant them money. They insisted they wanted to pay this back.
There were three Red Cross girls aboard the ship – Ethel F. Lord of Reading, Pa., who supervised entertainment; Barbara Lincoln of Tryon, N. C., special social worker and Mary Blake of New York City. These girls worked 12 hours a day.