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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 06, 1912, Image 5

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women or for children should be
"prevented by law.
He said that if women could
vote, they would do much to put
, an end to, the greatest national
scandal pf all the white' slave
traffic
But Roosevelt, in his "confes
sion of faith," did not confine
himself to the problems confront
ing the.women of the nation.
He came out flatly for a law to
enforce the eight-hour day, and
said that such a law should first
be passed to control the work of
laborers engaged in the molten
metal industry.
He said that the premature em
ploymentof children was abnor
mal, and that he favored a law
prohibiting it.
"He said that the first business
of America was' to prevent human
waste.
He said that wage scales in all
industries should be filed as pub
lic documents and minimum wage
commissions should be establish
ed both by the various states, and
by the nation.
. He said that the courts must be
controlled by the people in regard
to constitutional questions.
"The people," he said, "must
keep in their pwn hands the right
of interpreting their own consti
tution when their publicservants
differ regarding the interpreta
tions." r
' He accused both the old narties
of being under the domination of
the bosses, and said that the nnlv
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difference between Taf t, and Wivi
son was a personal preference.
Hejsajd. the goversnmen.iust
control business, but .must be
careful at the same time not to
stranglebusiness.
He saioTthe Sherman anti-trust
law, should be kept and strength
ened, and suggested a national in
dustrial commission to control
and regulate all the great indus
trial concerns.
"He said he would be accused
of socialism and anarchy for ad
vocating these things, but the
truth was that these .things were
the antidotes for socialism and
anarchy.
The greatest trouble of the Pro
gressives today was trying to ex
plain Geo. W. Perkins and Fxank
Munsey.
Harcjly a delegate but was ask
ed today how it came that Per
kins and Munsey were putting up
money to. help out the new party.
In answer most of tfiem point
ed to the platform, or "contract
with 'the-people."
"If Perkins and Munsey were
insincere," they asked, "would
they back a party declaring for
the eight-hour day and a mini
mum wage scale?"
Perkins was elected r, national
committeeman from .New York
today. Amos Pinchot nominated
Oscar Straus against' him, but
Straus refused to run,, -and Perkins-was
nominated unanitnously.
Perkins has had nattting to say
since the convention begun except
that the new party could have all
the money it wanted. "
Chauncey Depew was elected
national committeeman from Illi
nois at a caucus of the Illinois
delegates held this morning.
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