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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 22, 1913, NOON EDITION, Image 8

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DAILY COMMENT ON PEOPLE AND THINGS
Probably the department stores
laugh at the 10-hour day for women
because they think the newspapers
that accept their Advertising won't
tell on them.
However, in Oscar Nelson the peo
ple appear to have a state factory in
spector who isn't running to the
newspaper offices for orders.
Co to it, Oscar; make the big fel
lows obey the law as well as the little
ones.
The law wouldn't amount to a tin
ker's dam if we didn't have officers
with determination to enforce it.
The offer of ihe 'phone trust to dis
solve itself doesn't alter the argu
ment in favor of government owner
ship of 'phones.
The chances are the trust would
have gone on creating an absolute
monopoly if its owners hadn't con
cluded that Woodrow's jaw was set
and he meant business.
Some jaw that man Wilson wears
on the lower end of his face all right.
He gave the Wall street bankers
the licking of their lives when he
rammed the currency bill through the
senate, without turning control of
the nation's money over to Wall
street.
Judge Scully says the light way in
which girls and men regard marriage
has much to do with the appearance
of women in courts.
Gee whiz, judge, the trouble goes
deeper than that.
Our industrial system keeps wages
so low that too many young men fteel
they can't afford to get married.
Then the girls have to go to work
in stores, factories and offices to sup
port themselves, because fathers
don't get enough to support them at
home.
Human instinct and impulse does
the rest.
Preachers can preach morality un
til they are red in the face and their
suspenders burst, but it doesn't sink
very xleep into minds that are -wor
ried sick with the breat-and-butter
problem.
Spiritual consolation is a great
thing, but it doesn't rest as well on
an empty stomach as something to
eat.
Many of our social problems would
work out all right if it were easier
for the average man to support a
family decently.
Mrs. Josephine T. Bowen hit it off
right when she said:
"When you scratch the social
question, you uncover the question of
industrial conditions and wages."
According to her figures 29 per
cent of the girls in the clothing
trade, 13 per cent in the department
stores, 17 per cent in box factories,
27 per cent in candy factories and 29
per cent at the stockyards receive
less than $5 a week.
And it has been said the lowest a
girl can live on in Chicago is $8 a
week.
Very likely many of the men who
get rich paying such wages and de
stroying human souls are liberal con
tributors to their churches.
Maybe some day we will have
Christianity in all the churches that
will make it consistent for employers
and employes to worship side by side.
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. NO TEETOTALLER
A keen temperance advocate was
one night addressing a public meet
ing on his pet subject.
"I should like," he declared, "to
take every bottle of wine and every
bottle of beer and every bottle of
spirits and sink them all to the bot
tom of the sea."
A man at the back of the hall
jumped up excitedly, shouting, "Hear,
hear! Hear, hear! Hear, hear!"
The lecturer paused in his remarks
to beam delighted approval on the in
terrupter. "Ah, my friend," he said, "I can see
you are a good teetotaller."
No, sir; I'm a diver," said the man.

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