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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 05, 1912, Image 10

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'eagerness and her new-found
Voice thrilled "With intensity.
She sat on the broad, cool ve
randa of the sumn&r home of
Harry Thaw's mother, where she
is spending the summer. And as
the questions were propounded to
Miss Kelhsr regarding the social
work she is to take up this fall for
the mayor of Schenectady, N. Y.,
Mrs. John Macy, her lifelong
teacher, read them into the palm
and instantly, in a clear, ringing
vojce, she gave forth her answers,
brilliant and clear-cut.
"I am blind and deaf in my ac
tual senses, you loiow," said Miss
Keller, "but there are many who"
are bund and. deaf in their minds
who have never heard nor seen
the light of truth. And it isthese
whom I am now going to seek out
to try to set the eyes and ears of
their minds free.
"Rev. Dr. George Lunn, the
new mayor of Schenectady, has
offered me a fine chance to do this
thing. He has asked me to serve
on the board of public welfare
which he proposes to establish
next fall.
"The problem which the board
will approach is the city's neglect
of its human resources, the prob
lem of enriching and enlarging
the lives of ALL the people.
"And to enrich and enlarge the
lives of ALL the people, as I see
it, we must, as I have said, open
the shut eyes and -ears of the
minds of the people themselves.
Instead of just going about amel
iorating bad social conditions as
they do in most cities, we will also
be correcting the causes that pro
duce these conditions.
"The fundamental 'evil that
causes all the terrible e'ruptions
upon our life is poverty. There
fore Ave must get rid of poverty
and any RE2L social work will
teach people HOW to get rid of
poverty.
"I am going to begin with the
children.
"There is ljttle use in trying to
do anything with those of the old
er generation who do not already
see aright. They cannot under
stand the broad viewpoint which
embraces the good of the world
rather than the 'good of just the
individual. '
"In the schools where I will go
I shall tell the children that there
are two great principles, the adop- -tion
of which will eradicate pov
erty and hence most of the great
ills from. which this world suffers.
These two prihciples are the pub
lic ownership of all the means of
livelihood and the public man
agement of all those things that
we shall come to own.
"Through them mankind will
be able to have at its disposal all
the things needed to insure health
fresh air, good food and com
fortable homes and healthful
places to work in.
""What is the government any
how? What is government other
than the conducting of the na-
tional household for the benefit of
every member of that household?
When every member, who is cap
able, has a voice- in the manage
ment of that household, then the
best that is in the people will be
brought out and we shall develop
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