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"rummage' day" "started "by
New York. Because Katherine
Grey, actress, fpund her closets full
of discarded apparel, over 100 truck
loads of cast-off clothing were dis
tributed in one day to the needy of
New York city. Miss Grey started a
movement for a general "rummage
day." Newspapers, truck owners and
the public responded, and on the ap
pointed day the gleanings of the
closets in thousands of homes were
gathered up and distributed.
"FREE SPEECH IS DANGEROUS,
BUT IT MEANS PROGRESS
By Roger W. Babson.
The academic world Is distinctly
agitated upon the "subject of free
speech The matter has been brought
forward by some of the teachers ofj
political and' social science in Amer
It Is gasy to see why presidents of
colleges, having an eye out for ways ,
and means to keep the salaries of
professors above the starvation point,
should be worried, when these same
professors say things which make the
institution in which they teach dis
trusted by rich members of the alum
ni or by outside millionaires.
Some of the college presidents'
have spoken out upon the subject.
What they say is that they believe in
freedom of Bpeech, that they believe
in perfect freedom, provided and pro
vided and provided!
As a matter of fact, every one, even
the Czar of Russia, believes in that
sort of freedom of speech. His ma
jesty has not the slightest wish to
ctirtail the freedom of any person
who would-likato praise Russian in-
stitutions. Every one believes injer
mitting.ihose upon his side of a ques
tion to speak. Without restraint.
jypw It cannot be denied that there
is avast amount of foolish speech to
day, just as there has been a vast
amount of foolish speech in every in
teresting period of history. Nor can
it be denied that foolish speech if
often dangerous. It has often caus
ed men , and mobs to do things which
the light of history has afterwards
declared were horribly wrong; but all
effective speech has at times been de
However, the yeal question is
whether it is hot more dangerous to
deny freedom of speech than it is to
permit it? Is hot Russia a more dan
gerous place than England, and is not
this he maul reason, that freedom
of speech Is permitted in England and
is denied in Russia?
It is also true that almost all the
progress which the world has made
has-been by meahs-of listening to the
words of men who have frequently
been considered heretics. Free speech
is dangeroUB. "Sometimes it" has en
dangered good causes, but free
speech meahs progress.
Not later than the fall of 1916 In
diana women are planning to estab
lish a state coera company.