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HUMAN GARDEN MAY HAVE TO BE WEEDED
New Jersey is spending $3,000,000 a year on the care of her "ne'er do
wells" her feeble-minded, unmoral degenerates; the waste products of
bad living conditions.
One Jerseyite in each 206 is a public charge.
-The man whom Woodrow Wilson "put in charge of the state's charities
and corrections, Joe Byers, hasn't been content just to go on paying out
the people's money in increasing amounts to -carry this growing load.
He wants to know what the trouble is. '
He wants to find out if there is any way to stop it, c
Down in lower Jersey, in Burlington county, there's an unusual crop
of waste humanity. In that county one in each 155 is a public charge.
Joe sent an agent into Burlington county to investigate.
The agent made a study of the pe'digree of a number of families. We
keep the pedigree of, dogs -and horses. Why not of people?
One family of .292 persons was traced back to a degenerate, half
witted woman. Only two of her 292 descendants were found-to be normal
in health and morals. Only seven others in the bunch are what you might
call passable; The rest are loads on the community.
This-idea of keeping tabs on racial or family strains is rather new In
this country and some folks are a little skittish of it But don't you think
it is wise?
If we were raising chickens and found that a certain breed didn't pan
out well, why, we would get rid of that breed as soon" as we could. Same '
way with a poor kind of wheat or potatoes.-
Yet you'll hear good people scoff at the suggestion-that it would be
better all around if 'we took more pains to prevent notoriously unfit men
and women from breeding imbeciles and wastrels, Jto be carried on the
backs of the fit. Why,- they tell us, those who have studied this subject, that
the United States has 3,600,000 degenerates', costing$200,000,000 a year.
We have an idea the human garden will have to be weeded,
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Mr. Andy Dippy has resigned as
manager of the highbrow grand opry
Mr. Dippy's temperament is said
to have led him to call a patron who
criticised the moosick a lowlife bum.
The patron promptly altered the.
shape of Mr. Dippy's facial features'
and his resignation followed in a fit
The regular front seat patrons of
the grand opry are.all worked up. over
the incident. They are 'afraid the
new manager may not draw enough
people to admire their diamonds.
Mr. Andrew M. Lawrence, the
well-known employer of newspaper
sluggers, is said to be suffering from
" With the charitable obect.Kqf;ge,
ting a circulation for Mr. Lawrence's
personal organs the- Lawrence slug
gers are wringing' a number- of
paper-eating parties to which all
newsboys not bigjenough to take.care
of themselves will be invited.
Mr. Roger Sullivan is visiting in
Washington, putting a crimp in he
J. Sam-Lewis glory.
County Judge John E. Qwens is
said:td"be a very sick man these days.
He; is under' the special" care of Dr.
Andrew M. Lawrence, .who is giving
him the daily-whitewash treatment
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Mrs. Spinks Where is the money
you have been spying for a rainy
day? Mr. Spinks In "the savings
bank. Mrs. Spinks; Well, you musb
let me have a little of it I want "a.
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