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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 11, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 8

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ONLY A FEW CAN BOAST OF PLUCK, THE REST.
OWE THANKS TO THE GOD OF LUCK!
BY JANE WHITAKER.
As strangers" they met, and a mo
ment paused as the hurrying crowds
thronged by, some with a smile and
some with a frown and some with a
broken sigh; and the Qne had looked
so long on herself thai for others tier
eyes were blind, and the Other had
gazed into human hearts and the
light in her eyes was knd.
Then a girl of the streets strolled
through the crowd and the clothes
she wore were lewd, and the hollows
showed in her carmined cheeks, and
the light In her eyes was shrewd. And
the One who bad looked so long on
herself puckered her lips in a sneer,
and the. One wfco had gazed into hu
man hearts let fall on her cheek a
tear.
And the one woman said: "If the
girl is bad, there's nothing that one
can do; and a girl who is good is al
ways good I know what I say is true.
And the girl who is bad has herself
to blame for bad she wanted to be.
The girl wh,p is good-rl am good my
self and the credit is due to me."
"I, too, am good, and have always
been good,' the other one spftly said,
"but I never worked from dawn 'till
dark, and never went hungry to bed.
I never shivered in winter's chill; I
never suffered alone. I neyen was
cooped in a furnished room while my
heart cried out for a home.
"I never was forced to mend my
clothes when they long had passed
their use. I never cringed to the man
above; I never stood abuse. I never
was offered the cup of love to drain
if I paid its cost, and know if I dared
to push it aside the joy of my life
would be lost.
. "My blood never ran in fever heat
that could not be checked by my
brain; nor cried for a mate with a call
so strong that to still it would be pain.
My brain never stopped while a child
in -years, which the psychopaths wiU
say is the reason some girls, though
women grown, are but children still
at, play.
"fiut the girl who passed knew one
of these and so she went astray, and
who is to blame for her fallen life
only the God can say. The woman
who fights each one of these and is
good, may boast of pluck; but I who
am good am afraid tcl boast my
thanks, to the God of Luck!"
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OPEN SHOP POLICY MAY BRING
. GENERAL STRIKE
Stockton, Ca! July 11 Labor
troubles resulting from de'termina
tlon of Merchants' and Manufacture
ers' Ass"n to establish open shop here
spreading. Metal workers quit work
when ordered by their employers to
oease use of unjon label. Union lead
ers predict that every industry in city
will be at standstill in few days. Em
ployers say they can get enough non-r
union men to All all places vacated.
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WHY BOYS GO WRONG
'Boya go wrqng because of:
City life, which is artificial.
Tenements and flats, which have
supplanted homes.
Too few playgrounds and city
parks, M
The average policeman, whom the
boy regards as his eperay.
The courts, which are stern and
machinelike. ,
Present day school system, which
fails to hold and interest boys.
Divorces by parents, which drive
them to the streets.
Exploitation by child labor.
Unregulated recreation,
These were the reasons assigned
by Prof, W, W, Mske of Oberlin Col
lege, Ohio, before the Sunday school
workers' institute. He recommend
ed a "big brother" In every block to "
regulate the .play and work of JuV
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