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LETTERS TO EDITOR
PLAN TO HELP BOYS
Editor Day Book: I have been
very much interested In your plea for
more and better playgrounds for chil
dren and particularly for boys.
I realize, of course, as must every
body else who has given the matter
any thought whatever, that in the
very congested districts there should
be more.public parks, close together,
and if th'ere are such things as vacant
lots they should by all means be used
for this purpose.
Have been advocating a plan for
the past four or five years which I
think would prove effective in the or
dinary workingmen's neighborhood,
in one of which I live, and which I
believe to be typical of most of them
in the city (and I know the town pret
There isn't a vacant lot for blocks.
We are only a short walk from Hum
boldt Park, but there are two car
tracks to cross and many automo
biles to dodge to get there, and what
mother is going to trust her small
children to go there alone? Even
after they are there, there is no one
to "keep an eye on them," so that at
night the streets in our district are
congested with children; that is, after
Now, of course, everybody knows
that it is "frontage" that costs
money and frontage in our district is
too valuable to use for playgrounds.
It brings rent.
But behind everyone of these
houses, with but few exceptions,
there is a small "back-yard" general
ly about 25x50 feet; a child is a so
cial animal and wouldn't even play
here if it was allowed, because he
wants "all the kids in the neighbor
hood" to play with. So this ground
is used principally for,drying clothes,
and less would answer for that pur
pose very well.
Why hasn't somebody thought to
take, say 20 to 25 feet off of each
lot. This tateen from two streets
and including the alley, would give
a' space of at least 56 feet wide and
the length of the block. Besides the,;
room to play in, which is here any
way, but is literally wasted, it keeps
the children directly under a mother's
supervision, because she generally
works at the back of the house in the
kitchen, especially around supper
Now, why not take all these littlq
cooped in, fenced in back-yards that
are no good singly and make one
great big back .yard for the kiddies?
I think if it was necessary the alley'
could be used just the same as it is
now, but I see no reason why the few
peddlers and ragmen could not go
through the street, as some of them
already do. Then there is the gar
bage collection, but that is generally
made in the morning anyway and
wouldn't bother any one.
There are not as a rule many barns'
or garages on the side streets in a
workingman's district, but I T)elieve
.what, there are there would be space
for and perhaps a drive at one side
of this playground would suffice for
all of these. It could be managed'
Then there are lots which have a
house in the "rear." That's usually
an old shack which is hardly fit for
people to live in anyway and it would
be really cheap to buy them up.
What do you and you readers
think? Ida V. Kapp,
1737 N. Washtenaw Av.
OUR GOVERNMENT BANK
Editor of Day Book: I am not fa
miliar with the system of handling
money in banks, but in my estimation
it is much superior to our govern
ment's postal savings bank system.
3 Sometime ago, I called at the
"Postal Saving Bank" to withdraw
my account, which did not exceed
one hundred dollars. And spent there
surely thirty minutes before I could
secure the cash. Not to exaggerate
I surely signed my name, on thirty or