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until- it has abolished child-poverty.
"Every city in the United States is
rich enough In manhood and woman
hood, in citizenship and natural re
sources, and brains and-energy to
abolish child poverty in that city.
"Every city is responsible for every
child within its gates. If the father
fails-in his natural duty then the
strong men and women of the com
munity must, if they live up to their
duty and Christian standards, take
the place of the father.
"No child should be taken from its
mother, even when she is apparently
unfit. Strong hands must assist her
to become fit and to preserve a home.
Mother instinct is so strong that with
any sort of encouragement mothers
will improve their methods.
"Child poverty destroy homes, de
stroys childhood, produces delin
quents, invalids, tramps, undesirables
and criminals and breaks down the
instincts of motherhood.
"Child-poverty is the greatest
economic waste in the nation. Its
Droduot unfit adults keeps the
courts, police, asylums, prisons and
hospitals full and costs society bil
lions of dollars.
"Reduction of child-poverty, in any
degree, at once reduces the expenses
aow caused by the machinery of cor
rection. Any juvenile court record
will prove this. v
"No city can afford to go on with
child-poverty festering in its homes.
The cost of relieving absolutely every
child from the destructive effects of
poverty and the disgraces of charity
would be small in comparison with
the cost of dealing with the results of
"Charity which attempts to relieve
child-poverty by uncertain revenues
from begging has proved a failure in
ill times and all places. It disgraces
"Charity schools were a failure
md were replaced by public schools
arnica -are not a charity.
"Like the public school the moth
ers' pension system is to relieve child
hood and motherhood from the blight
"The mothers' pension system is no
more a charity than the public school
system is charity.
"To attempt to reform fathers by
punishing children and their moth
ers is a failure and reproduces the
"Truant officers go out into the
streets and compel every child to go
to 'school. Likewise officers of the
state and city should go out and
compel all mothers in poverty to ac
cept pensions in the campaign to
"Children cannot be guilty of their
poverty and they should not be pun-
ished by want.
"I am going from one end of this
country to another," said Mr. Neil)
"searching for a city which will de
liberately decide to abolish child-pov-
erty. I will find some city. I feel
sure of that because the plan is
economically sound, .and in accord
ance with the ethics of modern so
ciety.' The city which first does this
great work will be more famous than
any other city that ever existed and
its citizens will be as famous as those
of Athensand as great in art and
patriotism. Abolishment of child- "
poverty will make impossible rebel- "
lion against society, prevent most of
the crime and make all children hap
py, and that is what we are here for."
THRONGS TRY. TO ENLIST
War-maddened men and others
who wanted to join the army merely
to escape the dreariness of their pres
ent existence crowded the various
Unite.d "States y recruiting, stations
yesterday and tried to enlist.
Only a small percentage of those
who applied were accepted. The ex
amination which precedes enlistment
is much stiffer this year.
Those who were accepted were
sent to the Jefferson Barracks Train
ing School for six weeks' training.- j