(From the Adair County News, March 13, 1918.)

During World War One, "pikers" and "slackers"--those who weren't doing all they could for the war effort and  most particularly, those who would dodge the draft--were treated with utmost contempt, as expressed herein by Adair County doughboy Willie Brockman, then stationed at Camp Shelby, Miss.


The Slacker

Now since we've joined the army,

Do you think it's doing right

To treat the slacker better

Than the man who has to fight?

If he won't defend his country,

He is hardly worth a d--m,

And nothing but a nuisance

In the eyes of Uncle Sam.

From eighteen years to forty,

He's supposed to volunteer,

And buckle on the armor

With but little sign of fear;

But you'll find him chasing dollars,

Playing games or at a dance,

For he'd rather go to h-ll

than to take a trip to France...

He is all for gain and pleasure,

For his country takes no chance--

But he ought to go to h-ll

If he doesn't go to France.