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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 30, 1911, Image 9

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By W. G. Shepherd.
Staff. Correspondence.
Madison, Wis., Dec. ,30. One
evening when John Hobbs and
his wife were sitting alone, she
interrupted "his reading.
"John," she said, "I'm worried
about Annie. Almost every night
A Bad View for Annie.
she tells me about some awful
sight she has seen from her win
dow in 'the factory. ' There are
bad houses near the factory and
every day the girls have to pass
them, going to and from work."
John Hobbs scratched his head,
''I'll 'see the alderman about
that', the next time I meet him in
the, barber shop," he said,- -
The next Saturday night whfen
he went down'to the barhersjop
for his Sunday shave he met 'tie
alderman of his ward and told
him what Mrs. Hobbs had, saifi
about Annie.'
"I'm entitled to protection for
my daughters," said. John Hpfybs
"You're" right,' .said the alder
man. "But I'ni afraid I can't
get the police to close up those
places." v v ; . C
(In justice to Madispn, it riiay
be said that this incident really
occurred at La Crosse, Wis..)
"I'll see what the industrial
commission can do ,. abbutl ' i
aid the alderman, after puzzling
for a moment.' "That commis
sion is given the right - to look
after the moral as well' as the,
physical welfare of all working
people." .
The, next day the alderman
wrote a letter to the industrial
commission pointing out thefact
that the welfare of the girls in
this particular factory was put in
jeopardy by the presence of baw
dy houses in the vicinity of the,
factory. I
The commission sent a letter to
the mayor, the district attorney
and the chief of police. A letter
from a state board calling them
to account was too much'for-the
local officials to ignore and the
bawdy houses were closed, irnr
"We. would have ordered" the
removal of a dangerous cesspool
near a factor," -' said - Charles
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