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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 09, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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has ever existed in the history of the
world.
More power to Mr. Hoyne, is my
slogan!
Let us stand manfully by him and
uphold his hands in his grand and
gallant effort to enforce our laws.
What do we care if every millionaire
taxdodger emigrates from Cook
county? We ought to chase such
outlaws out of the country. I am in
favor of sending them to St Helena
for permanent residence. Let us clip
the wings of these Napoleons of the
fine art of taxdodging. We do not
need such outlaws among honorable
citizens who believe in obeying the
laws of the majority, whether they
like them or not. Every good citizen
respect the wish and will of the ma
jority of his fellows. In this attitude
lies the only hope of democracy.
E. G. B.
"WHY HAVE BABIES?"
Editor Day Book I am another
reader who thinks the question put
to Mrs. Goodman was most pertinent.
With such poverty as a background,
many children means hardship for
the father, hardship for the mother,
hardship for the children and hard
ship for society, with absolutely no
justification.
I remember a conversation I had
some years ago with a boy about 12
years old, who sold papers every aft
ernoon after school and at times far
into the night and was early sent
into a factory to help support hfs
many little brothers and sisters. He
was very rebellious over this, for he
was ambitious. "I wish there was a
law," he said, "that prevented moth
ers and fathers from having more
children than they themselves could
support." When asked why he felt
this way he replied: "Well, you see,
my father and mother cannot sup
port all of us. I have to not only
support myself, but have to help to
take care of all the other children. So
do a lot of other boys that I know,
and it isn't fair,"
It would have been a little conso
lation to this boy and other boys he
had in mind to begin to philosophise
about the industrial and economic
conditions that should exist. How the
large profits accruing from industry
should guarantee to every man the
opportunity to give all his children
the best the world offers. He prob
ably would agree that this sounded
grand, but would remind you that it
wasn't going to do him and his
friends much good. That it was a
far cry from what Is to what
should be.
But some reader will again ask,
"What about the law of nature?"
Poor law of nature! How it is ma
ligned! But is it not true that the same
law of nature that prompts appetites,
desires and impulses, including sex
impulses, also prompts a control, a
discipline of these appetites, desires
and impulses, including sex desires
Human beings have spirit and intelli
gence, as well as feelings and emo
tions. If men and women are capable of
great sacrifice and self control for
their children after they are born, is
it unreasonable to expect sacrifice
and control to prevent conceiving
children, knowing positively they
must come into a life of disease and
poverty?
Then there is another point. There
is no basis today for accurately judg
ing the sex impulses of women, be
cause of the position of economic de
pendence women find themselves in
as soon as they are married. Their
motherhood is no index of their sex
or human feelings, for so often it is
forced upon them. Women can nev
er attain their ideal of motherhood
until they are economically free.
Perhaps, another far cry. But even
with the freedom that is theirs to
day, they should spare children the
sordid, ugly lives of poverty, no mat
ter how great the cost to themselves.
A Reader.
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