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1AB0R LEADERS CALL CHILD
LABOR CIVILIZATION BLOT
Child labor before the age of 16
was painted as a crime and blot up
on civilization by educators, social
workers and labor leaders in a discus
sion of the perits of the proposed bill
at the Planters hotel. .Manufacturers
called it a blessing to the child.
"Come with me on a Milwaukee av,
car some day," said Harriet Vittum
of the Northwestern U. Settlement.
"During the rush hours you will
understand what child labor means
hundreds of little girls, narrow
chested, stoop shouldered, tender and
unprotected, products of grinding
"The opponents of the bjll are
without exception manufacturers
who think more of dollars and cents
than the future of the children whom
they hire," declared John Harding of
Typographical Union No. 16.
D. E. Felt of the Pelt & Tarrant
Mfg. Co. did not see how the chil
dren could ever get along without
going to work at a very early age in
order to get a start. "You must get
'em young to make anything out of
them," was his slogan. He painted
the schools as insanitary and said
that lots of boys couldn't go to school
after they were 14. If they did they
would be insane. The scoldings of
the teachers are maddening.
"My children attended the schools
and I know," Felt continued. "All of
my foremen started to work near the
age of 14."
Dr. Rachel Yarros called child
labor during the adolescent period
dangerous. The detrimental effect
on the health of the race in the fu-
ture was unquestionable, she said.
William Owen of the Teachers'
Federation told of the results obtain
ed in providing sanitary workshops
in the schools for the boys between
the ages of 14 and 16, who wished to
learn a trade. The school he describ
ed as the right place for the boy to
develop because the manual training
would not mean putting a stop to
It was pointed out that an early
start in a workshop makes a good
workingman but results in a bad citi
zen and with an unhealthy body.
SERIOUS CHARGES MAY BE
AIRED IN CONGRESS
Washington, April 13. Conspiracy
to damage the Riggs National bank,
affiliated with the National City Bank
of New York, and charges of person
al malice are made against Secretary
of the Treasury McAdoo and Comp
troller of Currency John Skelton Wil
liams in a suit filed in the supremo
The charges are so serious that it
is believed the affair will be aired in
congress. Improper use of official
power is alleged.
It is charged that the comptroller
subjected the institution to a sort of
inquisition, "imposing on the officers
and employes an appalling amount of
totally useless work." That on Dec,
4, 1913, Sec'y McAdoo falsely ac
cused the bankers of having inspired
certain articles that appeared in the
New York Tribune, reflecting on Wil
liams when he was assistant sec'y of
the treasury; that the defendants
have unlawfully withheld ?5,000 due
the bank in the form of interest on
government bonds as penalty for an
offense of which the bank is innocent,
and asks that the court enjoin Comp
troller Williams from refusing to ap
prove the bank as a depository for
the funds of other national banks and'
enjoin McAdoo "from abetting and
NEW TYPEWRITING RECORD
Boston. Miss Margaret Bowen,
Passaic, N. J., put old typewriting
mark of 129 words per minute for "
an hour in shade when she dashed,
off new world's record of 132.
Madison, Wis. Bosshard anti-tip-ping
bill passed by assembly. Now;
goes to governor for approval.