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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 18, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 24',
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IT IS ABOUT TIME TO THINK SERIOUSLY OF THE
MAN WHO WANTS A JOB
In one of the big cities is a man who for 20 years has been running a
10-cent lodging house. Let's call him Smith.,
In that time Smith has sheltered probably 200,000 hard-up men, many
of 'em close to the class of "down and outers." Smith isn't rich, though he
isn't in business for his health. Twenty years of daily contact haven't case
hardened him. His heart often over-rides his head.
The other night a line of applicants for shelter filed past, many with
out the price of a bed.
"Hold up your foot!" Smith commanded this to each of those who
If the sole of the foot showed through the sole of the shoe, Smith mo
tioned him to go in that man, literally "on his uppers," was too much for
Smith's warm heart. He got a lodging free.
"How do you classify your guests?" Smith was asked.
"Ten per cent are hopeless wrecks," he said. "Another 10 per cent
are booze victims, drug victims, vice victims pretty far gone; too far to be
BUT 8Q PER. CENT HAVE (SIMPLY LOST THEIR HERVEl
able to brace up without steady and patient help. But 80 per cent have sim
ply lost their nerve because of the haunting uncertainty of employment
They are men who would make good if they could get steady jobs at fair!
wages and with fair treatment."
We notice with interest that there is soon to be a national conference
on unemployment. Not national in an official sense congress is still fuss
ing around the edges of America's most urgent problem. Only national in
that a number of cities and states are to be represented unofficially.
It is a worth-while start toward a subject too long ignored in this coun
try; but let's hope it won't be high-browish; let's hope there will be plenty
of Smiths on the program men who know what unemployment is.
It isn't enough to say as Taft said: "God knows what to do about the
It Is Uncle Sam's task to find out; and to ACT.