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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 26, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 8',
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A young man killed himself a few days' ago and left a note telling why
he did it. He wrote that hetwas too weak to fight the battle of life. His
greatest weakness was mental, he declared. He had convinced himself that
he had no showat all because he knew that his ancestors had not been
successful. The"hleaning of success, to him, may have been the getting
together of a whole lot of money. And in their failure to do that, 50 or
100 or more years ago, when conditions were not as they are now, the young
man thought his forebears were "weak."
Judging from his letter, written, before he drank poison, he had read
up on the subjects of inherited weaknesses, diseases and such. He had
become interested in these questions by the theories and dreams of eugenist
It's too bad he did not read Luther Burbank's explanation of how he
perfected the white blackberry. According to that horticultural wizard,
there is no previous record of a pure white blackberry. Yet there must
have been one 'way back somewhere, else how could he have reproduced it?
He found a small, ill-flavored, yellowish brown berry and interbred it with
a large, luscious blackberry. In the first generation the blackberry was the
stronger, but the qualities of the other berry were still in the offspring.
The second generation showed greater indications of returning to the
traits or color of the more obscure grandparent the white blackberry.
In still later generations, -a greater reversion took place and the pure
white-blackberry, of fine flavor, "an inheritance from a remote and long
forgotten ancestor," was finally produced.
That the same conditions apply to the rule of inheritance among ani
mals and humans as among plants is proved by the fact that there -are hun
dreds of cases where perfectly normal children have been born of parents
deficient in one way Or another. Just as the sins of the father may descend
unto the third and fourth generation, their virtues may also be handed
down. All that is needed to develop them and to enable this generation,
for instance, to put them to good use, is to provide for the proper housing
and nourishment of the young men and women of the present day; tho
payment of sufficient wages for work done by them; and the opportunity to
get an education, in even the common schools, for which all taxpayers pay.
Then; the white-blackberries of humanity can be developed without the
aid of loveless eugenic marriages and young folks will not be discouraged
by the thought that because their ancestors were failures, they, too, must
EXPECT WAGE SCALE REPORT
Indianapolis, Ind., Jan. 26. United.
Mine Workers of America, in second
week of biennial convention, expect
to reach wage scale committee's re
port Every phase of mining work
and wages is before committee in
resolutions from local unions.
Joe What is the easiest way to
drive a nail without smashing my
fingers? Josephine Hold the ham
mer in both hand's. Ohio Sun Dial
WOMEN TO MEET
- The Wage Earners' Suffrage
League of Chicago will hold a special .
meeting this evening at 6:30, Room
308, City Hall, to instruct friends and
members in proper method of regis--tration
and use of voting machine,
and will afterward visit the City
Council, which will be in session.
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A woman- in Uruguay has the dis
tinction of being appointed to the dip