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whatever: it 3s, depend upon how society ..decrees that the boys and the girls
of today aYe1 fitted for ; fatherhood "arid motherhood. "v " )
How well society we, all of 'us have conserved human health and
life for the responsibilities of today and tomorrow ,is marked by monuments
to man's inhumanity to man in every state and cbunty of this nation.
What are "those monuments?
Jails, penitentiaries, reformatories, insane asylums, institutions for the
deaf, dumb, blind a"nd otherwise defective; tuberculosis hospitals, arid all
the many institutions endowed by philanthropists orvmaintained by the
HVe permit the payment of less than a living wage to fathers afod
make it impossible for them 'to properly '.feed, clothe and house, their
children. ' . .
. We permit child labor the weakening and wearing out of the bodies
of boys and girls before they have had a "chance to mature and properly
prepare for fatherhood and motherhood.
Can we then expect them to bring strong, healthy, chtfdrerijnfo theJ
Yes, we are taxing ourselves for schools, , for parks and for play
grounds. But we work the poor so hard that they have to quit' playing tob
yourig And a school education won't carry a poorly nourished arid poorly
protected body very far. " " -
We work" fathers and mothers so hard and for such little pay, that they
are tired out physically and' mentally-at theend of a day's work: and then
some well-fed, warmly-housed and well-clothed preachers "blame the. way
wardness of boys and girl's on the worn-out parents.1 -' . . '', - ,
, Yes, there is a human market. And that's the market The Day" .Book
is interested in. , , - .
Surely if all the 'other papers take good care 'of "those interested-in
bonds, stock, real estate, corn, oats, wheat, pigs, cattle, hogs and automo
biles, there must be room in Chicago for one newspaper devoted to the
cause of humanity. "
And that's my experiment. I am publishing an adless newspaper so
that r can be free and footloose, free to tell, the truth and do whatever I can
for the 95 per cent the people who do the world's work.
I don't want to be under obligation to anybody except the readers of
The Day Book. Then I am free to fight for their interests. .
"t You will understand, therefore, why The Day Book must be fearlessly,
independent in all things, and an organ of nothing less than ALL of the
people: - r '
I want it to be the people's paper, and I expect them to help make it.
I am, not trying to reform and uplift people I want to help them to reform
and uplift themselves.
Just now more than anything else, I wish I could help the employers
of Chicago tbsee the light, and do of "their own motion whatithey ought to
do to make life in Chicago more worth living for all. men, women apd
children. , "
Why wait for some law to make them be just as well as humane?
The Golden Rule ought to be law enough for all of us.
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Somewhat rattled by their mili
tancy,. T. P. O'Connor, N. P., roars:
"What is ,to be done with women?"
Marry 'em, -old scout, marry 'em!
Labor Sec'y Wilsordught to go on -,
ctrilro first thlnf rVmurpsR HirJn't'
provide for his salary and he must (
serve without pay till it does,.
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