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chasing the men and women after social injustice has put them'
down and out?
It's easy enough to egg the police on to capture bandits and
stick-up men, but why don't we try to save boys to become useful
citizens, to keep them from going wrong instead of hounding them
after they have gone wrong?
If low wages and excessive working, hours help fill our jails,
asylums and other institutions for wrecked humanity, why don't
the uplifters, reformers and philanthropists get behind organized
labor and help men, women and children to help themselves?
Isn't it a fact that Chicago is run for the benefit of the property
rights in the loop?
Isn't it time we were looking ourselves over and finding out
what's the matter with Chicago, and with US?
TEACHING JUDGES LIFE
When the New York court of appeals ruled that a compulsory
workingman's compensation bill took away the employer's prop
erty without due process of law, the keen students of affairs who
are making Wisconsin a leader in social progress had a happy idea.
"We won't try to overpower our judges. We will teach them."
Hence it is that Wisconsin is now considering a proposal to
enact into law the principle that no employer of a female or minor
worker shall pay less than a living wage, to-wit, "compensation for
labor sufficient to enable the employe receiving it to maintain him
self or herself under conditions consistent with his or her welfare."
To the Industrial Commission is to be given the task of in
vestigating those conditions.
Which means that before the judges can pass on the constitu
tionality of the proposal, should it become a law, they must first
study carefully, not a collection of precedents, technicalities or
theories drawn from musty law books, but vital facts assembled
with care by reputable servants of the state from the common life of
Face to face with these vivid, incontrovertible facts, confronted
by the human story of women and children under the brutal fist of
greed, it would take an audacious judge to stand before the people
of a progressive state like Wisconsin and tell them that their law
makers could not enact reasonable measures of relief.
Miss Oldgirl I think that was
just lovely to give Susan a rose
for every year of her age. Mr.
Sourdropp Good thing they
don't do that for everybody. She
Why, pray? He Some poor
fellow'd have to buy a greenhouse