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NOW COMES THE QUESTION, "WHAT THEN?"
The visit of ten women of the segregated district.of St.. Louis, com
pletely abolished on March 1, to the president of the Woman's Protective
League of that city may be classed among the unusual events of this
Their visit to the organization responsible for closing the district, in
search of employment and with tales of lack of food, homes and means of
support, brings home to all reformers and laymen, emphatically, the fact
that such reform measures have a serious aftermath.
It may be possible that many, men and women are sincere in' their ef
forts to fprever eliminate the social evil, but it is also possible that, in their
eagerness to do so, they fail to consider what shall become of the unfortu
nate women. True, in some cities, it has been said that "respectable" jobs
at $6 or $8 a week will be open to them. Aside from a discussion of that
wage offer to those women, however, the fact remains that there are hun
dreds of families who are unable to get a job at even $4 or $6 a week.
What are said by the ten women to the president of the woman's club and
other officers of the institution who were called in, may never be known.
The club women said they would assist their visitors to obtain work.
The visit of those ten women seems to bring out the fact that women
of the segregated districts are individuals and not to be thought about as
a great body of lost souls that are to be banished somewhere anywhere
OSTRICH POLICY TOWARD UNEMPLOYMENT
Go to any banker, board of trade official or city employe in any big
town in the land and ask him what the assessed valuation is for the total
of bank deposits or the dollar value of the yearly output of the industries
he'll answer offhand.
But ask, when business is slack, how many folks are out of a job and
the answer isn't forthcoming for nobody knows.
We had an illustration of that truth on a broad scale only the other
day when the head of Uncle Sam's industrial commission was quoted as
having estimated the number of unemployed in our largest city. If he said
it, it could have been nothing but a guess; and he says he didn't say it a
disclaimer which obviously gave relief to the politicians of hs party.
The secretary of commerce also doesn't know he admitted as much
in a recent speech nicely seasoned with optimism.
Yet can you think of any information of greater social importance?
All civilization, is strained to the breaking point when men who are
eager to work and competent can't find work to do. It is the business of
society through its institutions of government to put as quick a stop a pos
sible to a situation so cruel and so menacing. How unwise, then, and how
cowardly not to canvas's the facts!
Why has this obvious duty been so badly neglected? Is it because ill
disturbed wealth and a false notion of what constitutes business security
unite to keep the facts of unemployment in the background?
"What is the highest form of ani
mal life? " demanded the teacher. "A
giraffe," promptly replied the boy at
the foot of the class.
No, Priscilla, the man with the
lordly air on the back seat of an auto-(
mobile is not always the owner. .
Macon Telegraph. )