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andmoney In personal socfal service
of many sorts in Boston, studying
and relieving the -working and living
conditions of women and children.
In her recent residence in New
York, along witfr-her newspaper
tasks, she helped her neighbors of
the East Side, opening her home to
swarms of children, buying them
milk and ice and employing women
to care for them.
All New England knows the story
of her expose, three years ago, of the
horrible "baby farm" system and her
prosecution of the traffickers in in
Every Day Bo6k reader knows of
her recent revelations of the New
York state canning factories, which
brought on a federal investigation j
of her work in, connection withthe
New York white goods, strike, the
West Virginia coal mine Jlnvestfga'-?
tion and other industrial crises not,
to mention her .various "writings f ulf
of human feeling and keen wit
Miss O'Reilly is deluged .with re
requests for public arddresses.
But "I can't do it," she replies.
"I've so much real work to do!"
DIARY OF FATHER TIME
Robert Burns, the poet, was at one
time an excise officer. Smuggling
was then common throughout Scot
land,, both in the shape of brewing
and of selling beer and whisky with
out license. Burns took 'a serious
yet humane view of his duty. To the
regular smuggler he was most severe,
to the. country folk, farmers or cot- "
ters who sometimes transgressed he
tempered justice with mercy.
At the village of Thornhill, on a fair,
day, he was Been to call at. the door
of a poor woman who for the day was
doing, a 'little illicit business on her
own account. A- nod and a move-'
ment of the forefinger- brought the
woman to the doorway,. "Kate, are
you mad? Don't you" know that the
supervisor and I will be in upon you
in forty minutes." Burns at once dis
appeared among the crowd and the
poor woman was saved a hea,vy fine.
WHY SHOULD THE LAW BE AN ASS?
A magistrate in Philadelphia the other day voiced the opinion that a
woman had a right to dress as she pleased and that it was none of the law's ?
But Philadelphia magistrates don't have to be, and as a matter of fact,
most of 'em aren't, learned in the law. ''
At about the same time another Dogberry, down in Atlanta, was fining
a young woman for appearing on the street clad in brother's pantaloons.
There, as in many places, women may "wear the pants" figuratively, but
mustn't drape their'figures in them literally, lest public morals be hurt. I
Yet trousers are a hundred'times more comfortable and more sanitary
than these new-fangled styles which the law winks at, thereby setting an
example for men. ' s i c
A woman in trousers can get oh a street car though the step be high.
She can chase for a train with some chance of catching it if it's about to
start In doing so she doesn't mop up microbes or swish a -cloud of i
nostrils of passers-by.
Did you ever see a neater, prettier or more becoming costume than
Rosalind's, in the scene showing the forest of Arden? The law lets. hera
wear that on the stagebut it would, pinch the fair actress were she to'donjy
the same apparel for a public promenade on the street a
We can't quite follow the law in this. A great journal once ran a series?
of editorials headed "Why Should the Law.Be an Ass?" We give it up.
Why should it? .,,. ,
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