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charity. The kind of charity James Boyle O'Reilly referred to In his poem
"In Bohemia," where he said:
"Organized charity, skimped and iced,
In the name of a cautious, statistical Christ."
We bubble over with Christian charity when we read of the homeless
and hungering orphans of Belgium and send them a Christmas toy; and
we swell up with Christmas love when the poor of Chicago cry for work
a"nd give them a Christmas dinner.
Then we get busy again and make money until another year rolls
But the poor are not hungry merely at Christmas time; they are hun
gry the year around; and hungry for bread quite as much,' at least, as they
are hungry for spiritual consolation and encouragement.
I think the people who do the world's work hunger more for social
justice than for anything else in the world.
And it Is this in small measure perhaps that is finding some ex
pression in The Day Book. That is what I mean when I say the people are
beginning to understand it; that they begin to understand that I am try
ing to give them a daily newspaper that is THEIR newspaper, one that I
want them to make for themselves a public organ of the hopes, fears,
wants and aims of the great majority whose voice has been stifled solong.
My "hope is that this first adless newspaper is the beginning of a"""revo
lution in journalism, the beginning of a free press., I didn't know what The
Day Book would be when I started it I have tried to get the people of
Chicago to make it what they wanted it to be. And I am encouraged by
the thought that at last they begin to feel that it is THEIR daily news
paper, THEIR organ of publicity; and that I am striving with what intelli
gence I have to be A PUBLIC SERVANT. j
LETTERS TO EDITOR
THE RIGHT TO WORK
Editor Day Book Having read
your paper since its inception I would
like Jto say a few words regarding
these trying times. People are beg
ging' for a master, girls are being
driven to prostitution, criminals are
being made, homes are being broken
up for what? the right to work.
Did you ever stop to consider the
number of women that are married,
well-to-da, and nothing lacking to
make life worth living, and still are
working? Taking the bread and but
ter, out of hungry mouths of girls
who have others dependent upon
them, girls who are the sole support
of a family,
We have these conditions right
here in Chicago. Married women
working in department stores, offices,
mercantile houses and our PUBLIC
Should conditions like this jexist?
Of course, there are a few excep
tions, but in the majority of cases
there is really no need for it
It is surely about time that the cap
tains of industry our masters, if
you please locik into these existing
conditions. Give needy girls employ
ment an deliminate some of the mis
ery in our midst today. D. M.
WHY HAVE BABIES?
Editor Day Book Two unmarried
female charity workers have asked a
poor, pregnant woman who Had four
children and a consumptive 'husband
this question: Why do you have ba
bies? What right' have you to have
babies?, "' -
In The Day Book of Dec. 14 .
"Reader"' says that question waB
I do not think it is; pertinent unless
the woman to whom it is nut knows
how" to prevent .haying babies and