Hie greatest assets of a nation are its men and women.
Dollars, without workers, never increase. Only Labor can produce
things of real value.
To these truths the governing classes of Germany have awakened, and
bow, through laws, they are attempting to increase the birth rate.
True, they are trying to do it with as little cost to themselves as possi
ble and so, instead of providing rewards for motherhood as is done in Aus
tralia, they are legislating against the sale of any means which might pre
vent visits from 'the stork.
"Child bearing by government compulsion" is the epigramatic analysis
of this proposed law whose chief effect thus far has been to uncover the
causes that led to its necessity.
High rents, which drive families into small apartments and tenements,
which make separate homes impossible, are a bar to large families.
Low wages keep many from marriage and reduce the birth rate.
The desire to give their children an education has caused many parents
to limit their families.
As an answer to the demands of Capital for more babies, the working
man of Germany is demanding a conservation of humanity.
He wants better housing conditions and more food; better sanitation in
factories and public education; better wages and a chance to raise his chil
dren to usefulness, unhampered by the privations and tragedies of poverty.
That the cry of more babies comes from those who rule is significant,
for it definitely places real values.
The most valuable gift to a nation comes from the mothers. Useless
are the mines, valueless are the whirling wheels of workshops, tinsel are
the stores of gold unless there come the gifts to humanity from those beds
of pain which replenish and keep alive the world.
The only real values are human values. The greatest word in any lan
guage is MOTHER.
WOULD HAVE STATE CONTROL
SALE OF BOOZE
Blaming alcoholic beverages as one
of the principle causes contributing
to insanity, members of. the alienists
and neurologists meeting at the Hotel
LaSalle urged state control of the sale
of whisky and other alcoholic drinks
until such time as nation-wide pro
hibition is in effect.
Alcohol is given as the cause of the
major part of insanity, but venereal
diseases and habit-forming drugs are
a close second, in the opinion of the
experts. Hereditary influences are al
so said to be one of the principal
causes of insanity. The neurologists
urged the teaching of sex hygiene
in the homes before it is taken up in
MORE TROUBLE AT OAK FOREST
The county ocmmissioners have
found more poisoning at the Oak For
est infirmary. Last Saturday twenty
persons became ill after eating hash.
Today the entire Cook county board
will meet at the infirmary to investi
gate the affair.
Commissioner Harris, head of the
Oak Forest committee, charges an
attempt to suppress the news of the
poisoning. He only heard about it
At the same time the advisory
board of the Oak Forest tuberculosis
hospital gave out a report praising
Supt. Mullenbach of Oak Forest.
in case grease is dropped on the
kitchen floor, scatter soda on it and
then pour boiling water over it.
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