(From Office of Emmett J. Scott, 
Special Assistant to the Secretary For Release October 24.
THE COLORED AMERICAN IN WAR WORK.
Issued From the Office of Emmett J. Scott, Special Assistant to
The Secretary of War.
Washington, D.C., October 23.---
There are now fifty colored chaplains in the United States
The September call for selective draftees, issued by Provost Marshal
General Crowder, included 29,016 colored men.
In the total of 1,900,000 American troops sent overseas, a godly pro-
portion may be accredited to the Negro race. This total was given by the War
Department officials at a recent hearing before the House Committee on Military
Many press reports, commenting on the American army in France, inti-
mate that the Germans have a wholesome fear of colored troops in action. General
Pershing is lavish in his praise of the colored soldiers and has testified of-
ficially that they show marvelous coolness under shell fire, and an entire regi-
ment, as well as individual colored soldiers, has been cited for decorations of
Preliminary to the recent session of the National Baptist Convention
at St. Louis, a patriotic meeting was held at the Colliseum, in the course of
which 10,000 enthusiastic colored people proclaimed their loyalty to the United
States. A long parade, a chorus of 300 voices and a program of stirring address-
es and songs, featured the celebration. The general theme of the orators embod-
ied a review of the part which the American Negro is playing in the destiny of
the nation from the time that slavery was first introduced, through the Civil
and Spanish-American wars, into the present conflict.
A canteen has been established by the colored women of New York City
at Numbers 4 and 6 West 131st Street for the exclusive patronage of colored
soldiers and sailors. Spacious accommodations where the men may read and write
and have their meals served at cost, are provided. The canteen is officially
known as Canteen No. 5, of the Mayor's Committee, and is operated by a committee
of public-spirited colored people of Harlem, under the leadership of Mrs. E.C.
Goode. Such canteens are being established in many cities and they are doing
a mint of good for our soldiers and sailors.