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INSIDE THE GOVERNMENT LINES A MOVING
Congress is in session. It has been in session off and on for longer than
a hundred years. It is the supreme power in the District of Columbia, in
which the great city of Washington is located. Congress is composed of the
cream of our citizenship and supposed to represent the best ideas of the
SCENE ONE. Flying trip through Washington City, showing con
gress in session, the president, the pohce and army and magnificent
SCENE TWO. Court room of the government. Judge on the bench.
Mrs. Mary Canadie and her three children come before the judge. She tells
her story and the scene dissolves into the following:
SCENE THREE. View of capitol and White House and within few
block the poverty alleys where thousands live. Home of Mrs. Canadie. No
lawns, nor places to play, and only filth and dark rooms. Her husband, a
skilled workman, returns from vain search for work. Mother and children
hungry. She goes into street in desperation and meets the charity visitor.
"Go to the Juvenile Court." She takes the advice. John, her husband, is
arraigned and scolded by judge and threatened with prison if he does not
support his family. Searches for work again but fails. Takes freight to
find work in the West. This leaves the wife and children still poverty
stricken, and the charity lady again takes them into Juvenile Court. This
ends her story and the scene dissolves again and shows the mother and
three children before the judge.
SCENE FOUR. Judge registers despair and sadness. Raising his head
he says: "If the District of Columbia had a mother's pension law you and
your children could be kept together, but I must take your children and send
them to an institution."
Mother, with children clinging to her skirts, screams and tries to grasp
them all in her arms. Men and women officers tear the children from their
mother's arms and she is pushed out of the door, childless after giving birth
to five, and homeless.
SCENE FIVE. Congress in session. Great statesmen wrestle with
problems of moment. Report of looting of the New Haven is submitted.
"Two hundred million dollars taken by big financiers," is the report.
SCENE SIX. Corridors of Congress. Mrs. Canadie comes to interest
statesmen in the return of her children ; halted by guards and ejected. She
stands on steps and screams her despair. Patrol wagon comes and takes
her to the insanity court.
SCENE SEVEN. Freight train in Illinois wrecked. In cleaning up the
debris the body of John Canadie is taken out and placed in the morgue and
marked, "UNIDENTIFIED TRAMP."
SCENE EIGHT. Congress again in session. Final vote on army and
navy appropriation of $200,000,000 to defend the nation, many of whom
are like Mary and John Canadie and their children.
FLASH! Millions for defease and war but not one cent to save chil
dren from poverty in the greatest and richest country in the world.
Mere man may be able to construct silk shadow lace from the ten-cent
Pana'ma canals. But he couldn't tell i store kind. Cincinnati Enquirer.
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