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mind the causes which produce these
I sub-normal children. We say much
about defective hereditary, and
rightly so, but a very large percent
age, perhaps 80 per cent of defective
hereditary, is traceable sooner or lat
er to two causes, viz: alcohol and
This association is endeavoring to
check the progress of syphilis as well
as other consequences of vice and
immorality, but we need all the co
operation and help we can get to ac
complish this result, and it will great
ly help if you can tell your readers
that many a boy whose intelligence
is only that of a "little shaggy dog"
owes his misfortune in all probabil
ity to the fact that his parents were
afflicted with one of the vice diseases
or with the habit of drunkenness, and
that if normal people do not wish to
have sub-normal children they must
avoid these two evils with great care,
and if they are ever so unfortunate
as to be the vuctims of either they
should be thoroughly treated by the
best of physicians and thoroughly.
cured before any children are born.
Illinois Vigilance Ass'n, by Wirt W.
THE LITTLE VOICE WITHIN US.
I sometimes wonder if some people
are not minus a conscience and if
killing and maiming is not their na
ture and cannot be overcome. I know
that I have two different agents with
in me if I may call them such, one
telling me to do this and the other
to do that. I have always found the
one abrupt and loud to be not the
best of the two, but the meek one the
best to harken to and follow.
Had the war lords and their foolish
followers paid heed to what it had to
say there would have been no pos
sible show for war.
More than once someone did me
what I supposed was a grave injury
and the loud one within me bawled
out: "Don't let that get by; get
even ; don't be a fool," while my dear
little friend, the meek one, said:
"Don't do It, for it won't do you any
good and it might do another harm."
I didn't do it and you can bet I was
not sorry. If we would only listen
to that little voice within us what
different creatures we would be and
what a better world this would be to
live in. No fights, no wars, no mur
der, nothing but equality and justice
and real progress. I ain't a saint and
I ain't a devil. Frank Smith.
PULLING TAFFY YH1TE. When
we make taffy from molasses or
sugar it "pulls" white. Why does it
change from brown to white Her
man. Wise chap, Herman, to study
science while you "pull" taffy. The
boy who "wonders why" and finds
out "why" will some day have useful
knowledge to give the world.
When Isaac Newton was a boy he
"wondered why" apples fell down
ward instead of upward. James Watt
was only a little boy when he "won
dered" about the tea kettle steam.
Newton gave us the law of gravita
tion; Watt taught us how to use
steam power. There's much more
for the world to learn, and never
more than today has it needed boys
who "wonder why" and study "why."
Now, as to the taffy that turns
white when your buttered fingers pull
it. The sirup that forms from the
vinegar, sugar and other ingredients
used, contains the coloring matter
that gives taffy a brownish tint By
friction or pulling, and also by ex-'
posure to the air, the sirup evapor
ates and leaves the congealed mass of
FORGET WAR! The sinking of '
the Lusitania has suddenly revived I
the talk of the United States going
to war. The indications are that this
talk will get no further than the big
headlines in he war mongering'
press. Just because 1,200 innocent '
lives were lost as an incident In a'
world war that is stamping out the I
lives and crushing the happiness of.