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' WANTED A LOVING SHERLOCK HOLMES?
The men and women -who will be the criminals of 25 years from
now are, today, sWeet-faced children.
The man who, 25 years from now, will, somewhere in this
w.orid,- commit the, crime that will set humanity aghast with hor
ror, is today a fine, lovable boy.
The girls who will be "walkipg the streets" yes, only 10
years from now are today as sweet'and pure and as fpll of Jove and
kindness as GodJ-s own angels.
The man who, a quarter of a century from now, will he at the
head of a great, pitiless business, mercilessly transforming the life-
oiooa or women ana children into gold which -he puts onto tne
backs of his wife, and daughters is today. a fine, manly little fellow,
who believes all that his mother tells him about the -value of kind
ness and gentleness.
Innocence is. in the hearts of children; love speaks from baby
eyes and God's truths 'from baby lips. '
And sa then, here, they are these criminals-to-be among the
children all about us, fighting as hest they know against God only
knows hoWJnany odds, to keep their priceless goodness.
Thisorld already has too many bloodhounds, too many Sher
lock Holmes; too many policemen, to catch the criminal after he has
" committed his crime;
Now, you have- the -point. Catch him before he's committed
his crime.- Find a ldvfag' Sherlock Holmes, you suggest, who can
go amp'gthe chffdrerf and .track them the sweet little children 1
lt& a -fine ideai But how save them?
OutC children today, in- the great factory 'districts like Law
rence arid .other centers" of ,great poverty and oppression, are crying
for help. If you have the- right kind of ears you can hear them.
'These -children ae sinking into crirninaljty.
Wbat'does thej world do? With its cjnjel right hand, repre
sentingjjreed and oppression, it thrusts them into the stream. Now
and' then, with its diamond-bedecked left hand, representing, for in
stance the wishy-waahy charitable societies- that such men as" J.
"5 Pierpldnt 'Morgan and John D. Rockefeller give their money to, it
-extends a gracefully curved little finger, with .makejbelieve help
that makes' the drowning all the more terrible. '
We know where the criminals-tp-be can be found among the
children, but we're too selfish to save them; we think it is cheapen
to put them in jail after' they have becopie criminals.
Shaking off that load of confi- J must have been a great relief to
dence in a "sweeping victory7' Jibe, campaign managers, anyway.