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VERMONT SENATOR CHOSEN TO
ACT ON EDUCATION PROBLEM
Washington, D. C. For a long
lime people have been advocating' vo
cational education. But it is some
thing new for the. government to take
cognizance oiNthe.-movement. Sen
ator C. S. Page of! Vermont has been
named on the commission created by
the president to. discover the best
means of popularizing this style of
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HOW NEW ZEALAND PROTECTS
San Francisco, Cal., March 6.
"There is practically no poverty in
New Zealand," says Rev. Edward
Walker, after 30 years""social and re
ligious service in the' islands. "There
are no millionaires, no slums
"New Zealand has a European(
population of 1,000,000 and an abor-'
iginal population of 40,000"!
"The laws are world famed. Pri
mary education is free, secular and
compulsory up to a prescribed stan
dard, with free text books, free trans
portation on the railroads for school
children and where there is no rail
road an allowance for conveyance or
for boarding near the school. There
is provision for the deaf, dumb and
blind and backward in 12 special
"Infants are protected by taking
them out of vicious surroundings and
4placing them with approved private
'families under supervision of honor
; ' aVy'lad'y visitors who file monthly re
ports with the government. There is
a national endowment of 11,000,000
acres for education and old age pen
sions' (7-0 per' cent of the fees for
"Public utilities are all nationalized
or municipalized. Of 2,790 miles of
railroad only 29 are privately owned.
Public utilities ...pay 4 per cent on
capital cost and give cheap and effi
cient service and- reduce taxation.
They are subject'through parliament
to popular control. Railroad's, har
bors, postal and telegraph service,
parcel post, postal savings banks,
street cars, telephones, gas, electric
ity, water all these are controlled
by Mr. Citizen in New Zealand.
''New Zealand also has universal
penny postage (2 cents). It only
costs 2 cents' to send a letter from
New Zealand o the IT. S. but to send
a letter from here costs 5 cents.
"Street car systems are divided in
to penny sections not exceeding 3
cents for the long distances and less
er amounts for the shorter trips.
"All sources of water power are
government owned. Also all water
frontages, including lakes, rivers and
"The postoffice savings-bank with
a branch at every postoffice holds
over $70,000,000 of the people's sav
ing. Since 1867 the postal bank has
paid over $20,000,000 in interest.
There are about 400,000 depositors.
. "Civil service is removed from po
litical control by being governed by
a public service commission, and
proper classification and superannua
tion of civil servants.
"There is no excuse for a man be
ing poverty stri.cken in New Zealand,
but a few,are as a result of laziness,,
untoward misfortune, or drink."