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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 20, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 8

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The socialists claim that fry abol
ishing the system of private owner
ship in the tools of production, class
distinctions and class antagonisms
will cease and OTHERWISE THEY
CANNOT!
(Tomorrow Vincent St. John will
present his plan.)
LABOR WOMEN STRONG FOR THE
"MORE PLAY" IDEA
BY AGNES NESTOR,
President Woman's Trade Union
League.
There isn't any doubt but that there
should be places to play for boys and
jjirls who work. Boys from the age
of 14 to 20 have a great amount of
enthusiasm and energy that can only
find a heatthy outlet in play, but must
find some outlet.
Of course there are the small parks,
and the park system in Chicago- is
very wonderful compared with cities
like New York where there are but
few parks, but we should have more
of these small parks. In some of the
congested districts the small children
crowd out the larges ones, the boys
and girls who want to play after
work, and, again, where there is so
much congestion, racial fueds arise
and the winning race monopolizes to
the exclusion of others.
The school grounds and all grounds
belonging to the public should "be
open for the public use and the school
houses should be opened for social
centers. Children that work have
so little playtime that surely every
thing possible should be done to give
them a happy time in that short time
of recreation. They should be per
mitted to play on empty lots. It is
selfishness to fence in this empty
ground or to put prohibitive signs
on it.
And greater freedom for play
should be permitted in the parks.
Grass andjlowers are very pretty, but
a boy and a girl like to stroll over
the grass and do not like to keep to
asphalt walks because of "Keep off
the grass" signs. Jackson Park al-I
'ways seems such a place of freedom
because one is permitted to cut across
the lawns.
We have a Labor Temple for girls
on the Northwest Side. It is kept
open all day until ten o'clock at night.
Girls who work can come there in
the evenings and play. There is danc
ing and music. The reading room is
open every night in the week and
there are reading circles. There is a
big assembly hall for dances and we
even have a graphophone. WeJntend
to have more labor temples in every
part of the city so that working girls
can feel they have some place to go
where they may enjoy themselves.
And surely if anyone wants a place
to play, we are the ones that ought to
help them get it.
BY MARY ANDERSON,
Organizer Woman's Trade Union
League.
If the boys in a neighborhood would
get together and start a social club,
they could do so at small expense to
themselves and perhaps by starting
such a thing they would show to.the
public the necessity of the public pro
viding these places.
There was a club started by a num
ber of working boys on Sedgwick
street. They rented a room and used
it as a clubroom. They had all kinds
of games and they gave dances.
They had an old man to take care of
the place. He was a very strict old
man and attended to the properties,
but he was in sympathy with the
boys. I think that club has gone out
of existence now because most of the
boys got married, but if someone
would start the idea and show what
a successful thing it could be made,
I believe it would be but a short time
before there would-be neighborhood
clubs for working boys all over the
city.
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THE MAIN QUESTION
Kriss The Browns are divorced.
Kross Who haslhe custody of the
car?. Town Topics,
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