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the rules- And, when they come to
play the bigger game of life then they
will know better how to play that.
game and live up to the rules.
It" seems to me a shame that we
should have so many millions of pub
lic money invested in-schoolhouses
and then keep those publicbuildlngs
V closed so many houra, when they
could be devoted to play as well as
. . to study..
It seems a shame that we should
be so stingy as to playgrounds in con
nection with the schools, when the
space now used by factories and
other buildings would do so much
more for humanity if used for play
grounds. Not many of "the homes where
working boys live have bathrooms.
The boys have to go a long way to
find a place to swim. And yet we
. could have swimming pools in all of
the schools, 'or in' connection with
them. Certainly we could have gym
nasiums and shower baths and make
them available to working boys.
But what I want to do'today is (o
suggest to council, and to other pub
lic officials interested, that they make
provision for working boys, and not
mix them with the smaller children.
Larger boys play rougher games and
they don't fit in well with the game
oflittle ones whose bodies have not
yet grown strong, supple and' full of
vital, struggling energy.
Let's have the use of vacant lots as
Well as the use of school property.
.And I believe the police could become,
and would be glad of the opportunity
. to become directors of play, friends
f 41 of all boys and highly respected guar-
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ness as well as guardians of the peace
and the, politicians.
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SUGGESTS VACANT LOTS FOR
Let all vacant lots'in the crowded
districts of Chicago bemused fo chil
This is the suggestion of Aid. Jacob
Ltndheimer, who is. not nly; & city I
official DUt also a real estate-man.
"Where there is a vacant- lot we ,
would like to use," said Lindheimer, '
"the owner is nearly always, wining
to let' us have it on two conditions.
These are that the city shaU pay the
tax on it and there shall be a release
clause that wifi give him back the
land any day he wants to sen it or
put a building on it
' "I am glad to see The Day Book
arousing interest in this. There are '
plenty of aldermen who would he
glad to go to .work getting more play
room for the kids if they knew how to
get at it
"Out in my ward, there was more
play space needed adjoining 4&e Oak
land school at Forty-first and Lang
ley. I proposed to school board mem
bers that they have1 the board pur
chase 200 feet next to the school.
Eeter Reinberg said it looked 'like a
beneficial project, but he didn't be
lieve the board would stand for it
I said, Tm going to raise the devU
if I can't get what the boys out in
that ward have a clear right to.' The
bmldings committee saw the need for
play space there and r understand the
sites committee wfll recommend , the
purchase of 100 feet."
"Just to show how barbaric we are
toward the children, take a look at
some of our school yards. They are
paved with brick. It seems as though
the plan is to have a hard place for
the boys and girls to faU on, for the
boys to wrestle and bump each oth
er's heads on. Bricks are hard. Our
treatment of boys is hard. Let's make
"I have talked with Aid. Franz
about play space in his ward. "He is
finding the owner of the vacant lot
at Jefferson and Twenty-second and
win try to start a playground there."
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There's a sweet little 'girl called
v Sophia, '
Who for. kissing had got no desia;
Tin a chap came to court her, Y
And now that he's taught her, T
He finds that he can't satisfia. -
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