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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 07, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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" THE PUBLIC FORUM
PARK NEEDED. At the intersec
f tion of Grand and Western ava. there
I is a small vacant triangle which I
suppose is city property. At present
it is fenced off from the public use,
although it wouldlhake an ideal rest
ing place if equipped with benches
and if the fence were taken down.
This part of the city is congested and
the space is needed for the enjoyment
of the people living in that section.
The Day Book would be doing a good
turn if. you succeed in having thiB lit
tle green plot opened up to the public-!.
W.
PENITENTIARY BROOMS. In
the "Bits of News" column of The
Day Book is noted a statement that
Warden E. M. Allen, Joliet pen, Is said
to have notified Springfield that he
will resign if not permitted to pick
his own assistants, regardless of civil
service regulations.
Is it the desire of Warden Allen to
have all employes such as the fore
man of the broom shop, who had nev
er seen the inside of a broom plant,
appointed to that position.
Is such a man competent to pass
upon quality and value of broom corn
bought by the state.
The broom makers of the state of
Illinois would also Ifte to know why
the law Is violated in that no bids are
asked when broom corn and other
supplies are purchased for that plant.
Why a broom corn dealer of Areola
is favored with all this business? How
this'dealer can afford to keep a man
in Joliet at all times to look after this
business?
Why the latest improved machinery
is used in the prison broom plant
when the work could and should be
done by hand, and the law provides
that work shall be done by hand and
foot power.
Why the last report of this prison
shows that brooms to the value of
,$766 were sold to state institutions
and $30,139.39 sold on the open mar
ket and why the 40 per cent clause
is not lived up to?
Who is benefiting by the disgust
ing show of moving picture films,
showing the inmates hiding their
faces to avoid being recognized in
these pictures?
And, lastly, why the products of
this broom plant are sold through the
Monarch Broom Co., with offices in
the Hearst building, and what do the
salesmen of that concern receive as
salaries?
Trusting that Warden Allen may be
able to reply, I am Will R. Boyer,
Sec'y-Treas. International Broom and
Whisk Makers' Union.
TWILIGHT SLEEP. Twilight sleep
Is produced bp scopolamin and mor
phine injected hypodermatically.
Anyone who has read anything about
the subject is acquainted with the
fact that it claimed for this method
that no injuries to either mother or
baby occur. Of course, if too much
scopolamin-morphine is injected or
In anyway is not administered cor
rectly the result may be asphyxiation
or blue-babies. Further, by compari
son out of 1,000 babies born under
twilight sleep, 39 died within the first
two weeks, whereas 49 babies died
in the 1,000 born in pain in same
period. Tills is according to the au
thorities on the subject
It is not my object to argue with
anyone what is considered scientific
or the contrary. My point is this:
The fact that drugs are used at all
is to my mind unscientific because it
is unnaturaL Not taking into ac
count the fact that a great difference
of opinion exists even among the au
thorities as to how much of the drug
should be given, or what constitutes
genuine twilight sleep, it is a drug to
deaden the sensibilities. Now, I am
considering this subject from a pure
ly natural standpoint I know that
childbirth is a horror to most women.
Also it may leave the woman maimed
for life and the child may die. But
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