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STORY OF THE JOHN HOBBSES SHOWING HOW
WISCONSIN'S PROGRESSIVE LAWS WORK
(Editor's Note The well
known writer, Herbert Quick has
told the readers of this paper
about-Senator LaFollette's con
structive statesmanships in the
state of Wisconsin; how he suc
ceeded in getting laws for a rail
road commission, an industrial
commission, and a whole lot of
other good things.. It -was all
very fine. Now, Correspondent
,W- G. Shepherd comes along with
avserfesvof stories' sequels, as it
were to Quick's telling what the
commpn, work-a-day man, his
wife, his sons and his daughters,
get out of these laws. Shepherd
has been in Wisconsin visiting
and talking 'to pjain.. folks who
havefbeen directly affected, by
these, progressive measures, and
the following article is the first
of his stories. Editor.)
' By W. G. Shepherd.
Madison, Wis., .Dec. 2S. The
Hobbs family is a "make-believe
family in a make-belteve home in
we must keep in
mind that, for all
the things" that are
going to happen to
themin these arti-cles?-tfiey'
well be a real live
family, for the ex
pJJ which we are going
Oto see them pass are
havp fippn mpf hv
ters, sons and homes in Madison""
and other Wisconsin 'cities since
in that state ,
I am putting fhem down in this-'
wayv just to show thow much"
pleasanter it isto lrve1 in Wiscon-,.
sin than in some other states
where the people do not own their
I also hope tp show that every
citizen of Wisconsin, many wom
an, boy "or girl', has a punch" of his
or her own When it crimes to gov-
f eminent, and that the govern
ment is so sensitive that it "does,
not take a very bigpunch.to set it,
in motion when the rights, of anyf
one of its citizens are concerned..
The'Hobbses live in a sented-i
hoUse. They use gas, They have
a lawn which John, Hobbs, the
husband, sprinkles every sum
mer night. He worjes in-a fac-.
tory. Besides John Hobbs ther,e
is his wife, a hard-working-motherly
little womanr Mary 'Hobbs,
20, who works in a fashionable
candy store; Annie Hobbs, 18,
who works in a clothing factory;
Peter Hobbs, 21, who wdrks in a
machine shop$ John Hobbs, 16,
an apprentice in a patternmaker's
shop, and Jimmy Hobbs, freckled,
12, who sells newspapers.
One day a carriag'e drove up in,
front of the house. Mrs. Hobbs
who ran to the .front door, was
right in her first gues that some
thing dreadful had happened.
Two men brought her fainting
.real live husbands, wiVjesjiaugJi- J. hianAinio-iJeuseHis. handU fl