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CHICAGO BREADS ALONG HALSTED STREET
AND ROTS ON SHERIDAN ROAD
BY N. D. COCHRAN fc
The natural disposition of those of us -who are not rich is to ppke fuif
at the various activities of those who are rich.
I'm not going to attempt to analyze that feeling or try to find the
reason for it. But I am going to write about the numan side of it.
My first temptation, on reading of the playground to be established
for the children of the rich, opposite the new Casino Club, was to poke
fun at it. I was tempted to suggest that il be made an annex to the
Lincoln Park zoo, with an iron fenee around it, through which the com
mon folks might look with curious eyes at those rare birds and animals,
the children of our millionaire's.
But the spirit of fun turned into a feeling of pity for the petted,
pampered children of the ultra rich those little human animals who come
into the world with the same human instincts and impulses of the children '
of the poor, yet are seriously handicapped by the wealth of their parents.
We need not worry over them so far as their influences on the future
of the race is concerned, because not many of them will" have any influ
ence worth worrying about. Those who survive and keep enough men
tality and bodily vigor to have an influence on the future of this country
will do so in spite of their environment rather than because of it; and even
they will riot get so far as their natural ability might have carried them
were it not for the degenerating influence of the luxury that comes with,
great "wealth. '
Some of the' boys may graduate from Harvard and Yale, and the girls
from Vassar and Wellesley, but the men and women who will do this 'na
tion's real work in future generations will graduate from the college of
The children who will play in these aristocratic playgrounds are segre
gated from birth. They will grow up, in a select atmosphere. Without in
tention or understanding on their part or even on the part of their par
ents their life is something apart from humanity in gerieral. LIFE is all
about them, but they are not of it or in it.
They may see poor children standing outside their exclusive play
ground, watching them- at play; but they can't understand the poverty oC
those poor children; they can't understand the poverty of the parents of
those children, who may be-working for THKlR parents.
Yet because of the accident of birth, the children who stand outside
looking in may, as the years roll around, be working for the children T?ho
are playing inside and looking out at the poverty they don't understand.
Now both the children on tie inside and. the children on the outside of
the fence whether the fence is real or imaginary -axe to become citizens
of what, we call a democratic republic; yet some are to become masters
and others servants, some born to be masters, others born to be servants.
There are exceptions, of course, but this is the rule. Some of our
millionaires of today were born in the serving class and worked their way
out Others were born to the master class and remain masters through,
the' inheritance of ownership of stocks and bonds.
To illustrate the two grandsons of old Marshall Field were born to
the master class. They have been educated in English schools, -with the
sons of the .British master, class, to become, American citizens. They "will
become they employers of hundreds of thousands of .American bovBga4