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CHEAPEST THING IN CHICAGO IS
LABOR OF CHILDREN
Children are the little morning glo
ries of human life. They are blos
soms of love and God sends them to
redeem the world with fresh beauty.
The Rev. Dwight Newell JHillis.
The cheapest thing in the great
'city of Chicago is the labor of chil
dren, according to figures given the
committee on industrial affairs at
Wages paid to boys and girls by
Chicago business men were cited by
Miss Anna Davis of the Chicago pub
lic schools. The kiddies who quit
school at 14 and start in on their first
jobs sell their labor for almost close
to nothing a week and they change
"Sixty per cent of the boys and
girls who start in to work at 14 years
remain at one job from one to nine
months,' 'said Miss Davis.
"Out of 258 girls that I have inves
tigated, 178 began at $4 a week, 50
per cent less began at $3 and 11 per
cent more than $4 a week.
"In many cases girls get only $2 a
week. And starting at this early age,
only beginning their development to
ward womanhood, they are subject to
heart trouble and tuberculosis.
"Two dollars a week is the average
wage per week of the child between
14 and 16. Te shifts from job to job
and is employed about half the time.
"Drifting causes immediate delin
quency. Over one-half the boys and
girls who pass through the juvenile
court are between 14 and Iff, and not
in school at the time of their arrest.
"Drifting also causes future inef
ficiency. We find only 3 per cent of
the boys and girls wno leave school
at 14 later enter any skilled kind of
A Lithuanian working girl, Sada
Laporte, came before the committee
on request of Chicago women and
tol da story of what industrial hell in
Chicago did to her and is doing to
hundreds like her. She said:
"I staited to work in a hair dyeing 1
factory in Chicago when I was 14
years old. It was hard work ."
"I saw many girls come in healthy
and strong, with good looks on their
faces. Then the dyes we worked
with got into the blood of the girls.
It poisoned them. They break down
and have to quit their jobs and rest
til lthey are able to go to another job
"Swivel Neck" instead of rough
neck is a good name for the so-called
man who stands on the corner and
rubbers after every girl who passes.
The Ladies Home Journal says:
"There is no milk in Belgium for the
babies." How about right here in
Chicago if the milk strike is pulled
There is one thing about The Day
Book's Billy Sunday articles: If they
appeal to a person he can read 'em
as many times as he wants. If they
don't appeal to him he don't have to
read 'em at all. Everybody satisfied?
Somebody had the nerve to write in
and ask: "If "The Most Popular Act
ress in the World' should win an auto,
would Mary Pickford?"
If Longfellow had had Chicago's
streets condition in mind he would
have written: "Barefoot Boy and
Face of Dirt."
The Health Board puts out a bul
letin every week.
Also anxious politicians send out
bulletin notices heavy on the "bull."
On the night of April 6 it will all be
over but the shouting, and there are
going to be some folks who won't
even do that.
M'MANUS CASE CLOSED
Washington, April 1. Sec. Bryan
announced that case of John B. Mc
Mahon, murdered by Zapatistas when
they took Mexico City, has been set
tled by payment to Mrs. McManus of
160,000 pesos or $20,000,