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THERE IS OFTEN MORE REASON TO PITY THE,
RICH POOR THAN TO PITY THE POOR RICH
Why Is It ThatMqny Men Who Can Pile Up Millions Are
Such Rank Failures at Raising Children? Stock
yards Foundation for Chicago's Exclusive Society.
BY N. D. COCHRAN
It isn't pity that makes me take more interest in poor boys than in
rich boys. I don't pity the poor. I do pity the rich, and especially the Idle
sons of rich fathers.
My interest in the poor boys is my interest in, the future manhood of
our country. For poor as they are now they will make this country what
ever it will be when they become men.
I am everlastingly opposed to child labor because the future of this
country will depend upon the kind of fathers and mothers the poor children
of 'today will be. If we weaken their bodies and starve their minds jiow,
Succeeding generations will be less vigorous urmind and body than THEY7
are, and that means that national life and character will degenerate.
I pity the children of the rich because they won't have much influence
on the future manhood and womanhood of the nation. Poor devils, they
iave little or no chance at all.
"When 1 see a rich man's son strutting down'Peacock Alley in the Con
gress Hotel or in any of the hotel lobbies or cafes, I notice that he looks In
a friendly mirror to see if his hat has the right tilt on the back of his head,
and whether his trousers have the proper crease and rolL
And then J pity him. He doesn't count. The bell-hops and the sons fcf
the waiters whom the rich, boys so patronizingly tip will cut more ice in the
government a few years from now than the poor, over-dressed simps.
And I pity their sisters, the society debutantes. Poor, rich things! By
the time they are ready for marriage they will probably hitch up to menTiT
their set who have wasted the best of their manhood In debauching their
bodies and minds.
They won't have many babies, and Gocfbe thaSked for that! For this
country doesn't need the kind of babies they willibreed. Nature -is a wise
old owl. She kills off in a few generations a family that dissipates its
energy in luxurious living.
Not many years ago I spent several weeks in New York, and much of
the time roaming through the densely populated East Side where the chil
dren were so abundantly plentiful. I wrote a letter to my mother in which
I told, of much that I had seen, and said: "Down in the East Side they raise
babies. Uptown, where the bright lights t)f the midnight life glare, they
It was at the time the newspapers were full of a story about the great
Caruso bging .accused of accosting .a woman at the monkey cage in Central'