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THE CRY OF A CHILD
It has been said that the lonely cry of a child in the dark is a far
more terrible arraignment of things as they are than the most elo
quent speech, hot from the heart of an angry man.
Is it? Listen!
A committee was probing the labor situation in a certain place
and was astonished to find a child of 3 at work. One of the party
asked the babe how long it had thus been -employed.
"Ever since I was," came the simple response.
And yet in those little words, falling so naturally from the lips
of a tot, is a more scathing expose of conditions than any novelist,
dramatist or orator could frame, no matter how carefully he picked
and chose his English.
"Ever since I was" what a searchlight that throws upon in
dustrial conditions; what poverty it lays bare; what terrific wolfish '
greed it exposes!
And mark this: The incident did not take place in crowded
Italy, nor the new commercial Germany, nor in callous England, nor
in any of those countries against whose "pauper output" the labor of
American MEN has to be "protected." No, this took place right in
New York state!
Is America really the land ofThe free and the home of the
brave? Are we a free people when our babies are exploited? Are
we a brave people when we allow such conditions to exist? Isn't it
time to end the rule of the dollar and begin the rule of justice and
OUST CHINESE COSTUMES
Shanghai, Jan. 2. The repub
lican cabinet has ordered the old
Chinese costumes to the ash can.
Hereafter men will wear derby
or silk hat, sack suit or evening
clothes and half calfskin or low
For women dresses will be lim
ited to a flowing house gown,
looking something like a kimona,
a plaited skirt and shirtwaist.
Only high shoes will be allowed.
No provision is made for head
covering. Chinese women never
have worn hats.
reformers are trying to get West
ern women to adopt the comfort
able trousers of the Chinese
Mrs. Bulling Don't you think
my new bonnet is a poem ?
Bulling Is it paid for?
Mrs. Bulling Why, no
Mr. Bulling Then is isn't a
poem, it's an owed.-
Lady Have you any refer
ences from your last place?
Bridget Yis, ma'am. But thev
The change is being made just wouldn't mek yez feel any more
at the time English and American ' comfortable about takin' me.