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used that are more of the real home
tragedy than "A STRIKE"?
The man who is for himself and
himself alone well, he can perhaps
stand It How many men who wprk
in positions that are open to "A
STRIKE" live alone though?
Margaret Sanger, advScate of birth
control, recently slapped Chicago on
one cheek when she said that the
rich, or sasslety class, here do not
raise babies because they know how
to prevent their coming. Then the
city turned its other cheek and she
slapped again by saying that the poor
mothers deserved the praise for Chi
cago being the city that it was one
of the largest in the world. And that
because the poor mothers had babies
plenty of them. All the large fam
ilies come from the tenements.
Mrs. Sanger's statement answers
the question of "How many men who
work in positions that are open to
strike live alone." A very, VERY
small percentage of them. Unless
they are the young and unmarried ;
workers. And even then their pay
envelope is opened to help pay the
living bills of a family the one that
brought them into the world to work
in a position that is open to "A
"Michael! What brings you home
at this hour? Are you sick?"
"I am not!"
"I should say not!"
"Then why in heaven's name are
you home? Don't beat around the
bush! Did the place burn down?"
"All of the men in my department.
Every one of us."
"What for? O! Lord woman! Do
you want the babies to eat? Do you
want Mary and Jenney and Patrick
and baby to have the clothes to go to
school and the kintergarten in? Do
you want to live on the streets? Do
you ever want me to have time at .
home with you and the little ones?
Then don't be asking me 'what for'?"
"I know Michael, but "
"There is nd'but' to it We want
to be treated like human beings. I
am tired of being tired all of the time.
I want to be paid in money that will
feed my wife and babies right I want
no ghosts in my household. I want
no lungers in my flock. I want real
girls and real boys. I want Pat to be
a man. To hell with slavin' for any
one for cheatin' wages dog's mo
ney not enough to buy food for two
let alone six!"
'"We'll do what we can, Michael.
I've a loaf of bread and some potatoes
in the house "
"Muvver, I wan somefin to eat
Gimme some bread and milk!"
'There is the tragedy in plain
American. The same tragedy hap
pens in siyteen foreign languages,
but can't write sixteen foreign lan
guages.) Two faces o'er a cradle bent;
Two hands above the head
These pressed each other
while they rocked;
Those watched a life that love
0, solemn hour!
0, hidden power!
The two still sat together there,
Tire dim light shone about
The little head by slow de
grees Had gone and left that lonely
O, vanished life!
O, tender strife!
Toylarid is unknown to the poor
little kids of the streets. Santa Claus
is never even told of. What 'is Christ
mas to a million little unfortunates!
Nothing but sadness or better still,
nothing at all, perhaps! What Is
nnv hqliday? But they don't have