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back. There are hundreds of worse
fakes practiced on the ignorant boy
"The employment agency ads are
usually deceptive. The boy from the
country with a small store of money
reads that 'Such and Such" Agency'
wants so many office clerks and
bookkeepers and at a good salary.
"He goes to an agency and pays
his deposit, but after a day or two,
perhaps longer, of waiting, during
which his money is going fast, he
understands that the jobs 'waiting
for him' according to the 'ads,' are
"Perhaps he is able to wait until
he gets a job. If the agency is crook
ed it will send him to a lumber camp,
railroad camp or perhaps give the
boy a heavy factory job where they
have an understanding with the fore
man that he is to overwork the lad
until he quits. Then he cannot col
lect the fee he paid the agency.
"In a dozen other ways the boy falls
a victim to the wiles qf the city. He
is soon broke and, in desperation,
takes any job offered him. In a
lumber camp, on a railroad or in a
factory, the boy slaves until his ambi
tion is gone. He finds that it is easier
to 'bum his way or has lost his ambi
tion and just 'doesn't care.' There
we have a bum.
"Then the rich try to prove that
the tramps are individually respon
sible, that there is something lack
ing in their makeup Economic con
ditions are the cause.
"When the man gets into the
'floating' class, migratory workers,
the lodging house and saloon does its
work. The horribly unsanitary 'flop
houses' would drive the friendless
man to drink even if their were not
the companionship, forgetfulness of
troubles, free lunch, warmth and
music in the saloon that one always
finds connected with the flop houses.
Drink usually puts on the finishing
"A hobo is only a laborer who has
once worked and is ready and willing i
1 to work, who who finds it necessary
to beg, steal or patronize charitable
institutions during hard times. '
"Railroads, with their awful sec
tion camps, have made more bums
than any other institution in the
country. Big business and the
Chamber of Commerce in the big
cities are the next because of their
regulation of the labor market."
PROBE M'MANUS KILLING FOOD
REACHES MEXICO CITY
Washington, March 15. Adminis
tration officials today toot: up con
sideration of danger to foreigners in
Prgresso and Manzanillo, Mexico,
where food supplies are reported
short. Both are dominated by Car
ranzista troops. Admiral Howard
may move warships to Manzanillo to
take off foreigners if emergency
Word from Vera Cruz says Carran
zistas believe Pres. Wilson will de
mand lifting of restrictions on com
merce at Vera Cruz and Progresso.
He will be asked to do what he thinks
necessary and is expected to comply.
Conditions in Mexico City are im
proved. Food is coming in. Force of
Villa's troops reported outside of city,
ready to enter if necessary. Villa's
reply to American demand for repa
ration in McManus killing expected
today. Understood he has ordered a
Pa CLERKS HOLD MEETING
Chicago Postoffice Clerks' union,
Local No. 1, last night nominated 40
candidates from which 5 delegates to
the national convention in San Fran
cisco will be chosen. The double pla
toon system for city firemen was in
dorsed. Two picnics will be held this
summer, June 21 at Glenwood Park
and Aug. 22 at Riverview.
SEEK PRINCE'S NEIGHBOR
Police believe Alex. Prince, 8734
Vincennes av., miser-jeweler, was
murdered by neighbor who believed
money was hidden in the old shop.
Found Saturday in blazing shop with
head beaten in.