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SONSTEBY LOSES STRONG FIGHT AGAINST
CHILD LABOR 14 YEARS THE LIMIT
thought it gave the poor children a
chance to earn a little extra money.
The Dean then voted for the 14
year limit. Sonsteby arose to his
feet when Sumner had cast his vote
"So long as the persons employed
are between the ages of 14 and 16
years old they are children. I am
surprised that such a vote would
come from' the church which ought
to be the first to suppress child
Dean Sumner didn't like this ref
erence about the church. The church
is very touchy on the question of
"I should hate to think that such
claptrap was entered in the records
of the board," he said.
The secretary assured him the
stenographer was not making a ver
batim report of the meeting.
John C. Harding also voted for the
18-year limit with Sonsteby. When
they failed to get thatf parsed they
changed to 16 years. Trustees
Smetanka and Lipsky followed them.
The board also passed a resolution
authorizing the employment of an
expert to investigate the teachers'
pension plan and report necessary
modifications to make it "fair, im
partial and effective."
WILLIAM RADDIGAN DIES
William Raddigan, 30, employed at
the intake crib of Lake Michigan at
the foot of Lawrence avenue, was
drowned early today during the
storm when a wave broke his hold
on a capsized rowboat to which he
was clinging for safety. Patrick Con
way, his companion, .managed to
reach shore. Raddigan leaves a
Toothed spades and shovels have
been patented by a New York" inven
tor to make digging in hard soils
John J. Sonsteby of the school
board made a veTyrcredItable fight
against the employment of t child
labor in public schools yesterday, but
lost to the forces led by Dean Walter
And in the end a resolution allow
ing the employment of children as
young as fourteen years to do janitor
work was passed by the board. This
was a little better than the old rule
which had no age limit, but was not
what Sonsteby was aiming for.
Sonsteby, in a strong speech, as
serted that the Chicago public
schools were as bad as "sweat
shops" by permitting little children
to do this sort of work.
"It isn't right; it isn't legal to run
a sweatshop, as has been done by
the engineers hiring boys and girls,"
i cried Mr. Sonsteby. "If any citizen
should' bring action under the civil
service law he could compel you to
abandon the system.
"I don't believe in permitting some
engineers 'to employ these children,
when they are paid a good salary to
perform these services themselves.
And if they're not able they should
employ an assistant. But don't allow
these children to perform the same
sort of hard labor they would be
forced to do in commercial sweat
shops. "There are lots of people who
speak against child labor, but who
work in favor of it. That's the case
of some members of this board, who
say they are not in favor of child
labor, but who are voting here to con
tinue child labor in the schools."
Mr. Sonsteby then pointed out rea
sons why the age limit should be
placed at 18 years, so that a great
school system like Chicago should
hot go on record as encouraging
Dean Sumner opposed Sonsteby.
He argued in -favor of the employ
ment of the young. He said he'