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the crop 'picked ,and" canned.
We'll lose half of it, and the state
of Indiana" will lose .money'
Keegan heard- about that) and
he got up obthefloor.ofthe.ho.use
again. . ,.v;'n -:'.t;.1 .
"The; camrers" .he' taldjhis fel
low memhecv''say .ithey.cannot
interfereHvitKithe'w.ork "caused by
the fast ripehing"of:tomatoes at
certain' season .of ..thie year.
L "And so they, propose to inter-
Jotin J. Keegan.
fere with the ripening of girls
into womanhood and .of women
into motherhood. What are you
going to say to that, gentlemen?"
And the answer of the legisla
tors was to amend Keegan's bill
so that it limited the hours of la
bor of women to. not more than
54 hours iri any week arid not
more'thanten in any day
That day Keegan v sent his
resignation to the governor.
"I cannot," he sakHh explana
tion, "sit in a legislature .which
says that it is right for women to
work 10 hours a day when -the
same legislature has said that
eight hours is the proper length
of a day's work for men. It
would be like7 sitting in a Jeper
"The only use of an office is to
accomplish something. If I can
not accomplish anything, the best
thing I can do. is to stop, and by
stopping bring home to the peo
ple the character of the legisla- .
The next jday,. 'the legislature,
shamed and humbled, .again
amended the bill, thus reaucing
the hours of -labor for women
each week to -50 hours instead
The standpatters of Indiana
and they who worship the sacred,
ox, Property, denounced Kee
gan's strike as anarchistic, as,
without precedent, as unheard of,
and. therefore wrong.
But Keegan's strike made In
diana think -more about the hours
of work of future mothers, than it -has
thought for - years, and it "
made the legislature drpp four
hours on that bill. . x
And these things are his re
ward. ' v -
Mother, may I go out to skate?
Yes, my darling daughter.
And Mary went out to skate, by
On the skates her father