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answered a recent request sent out
by the New York milk committee for
reports, Passaic reported the highest
infant death rate for 1915 193
deaths for every 1,000 population.
Also, of cities between 50,000 and
100,000 population, Passaic has held
for 10 years the high record for per
centage of deaths of babies under
one year of age.
I walked out pleasant, three-arched
avenues of Passaic and wondered
why the city's children failed to
thrive. Then I suddenly found the
congested East Side of Passaic and
knew the answer.
There are big woolen mills and
rubber factories. Packed in vile ten
ements the poorly paid laborers of
these mills and factories exist in ig
norance of the elemental rules of
Several years ago the workers of
the city organized to try to do for
their fellows what the rich had not
done. The Passaic labor forums
fought courageously for better milk,
better housing and a baby saving pol
icy, arid so much was accomplished
that the infant death rate fell notice
ably in the few years before 1915.
"The appropriation for the board
of health is very small," said Dr. J.
N. Ryan, health officer.
"And it's the well-to-do who are
largely to blame. I've noticed that
the poor man wants a square deal
even if it does cost him more of. his
hard-earned pennies, but the man
with barrels of money will kick like
blazes if you add 1 cent to his tax
"Take the present fight we are
making to get a proper milk ordi
nance passed. We think the sale of
any except bottled and graded milk
should be absolutely prohibited.
"But because this measure would
endanger the profits of a few smali
shops that sell dipped milk in the
slums, there is violent opposition to
it, which utterly disregards the lives
of the tenement babies which are at
"And so," Dr. Ryan concluded,
"some of the lessons Passaic has
learned by bitter experience and is
willing to teach other cities for the
benefit of their baby saving work are
"The fight must be not only in the
establishment of milk stations and
enforcement of rigid pure milk stan
dards, but in patient, thorough edu
cational work among the mothers in
the congested districts.
"Prenatal work in the hands of ex
cellent visiting nurses is a vital part
of such instruction."
WILL TRY "HIGHBROW" MUSIC
TRANZISJSA HE MS RICH
Fraulein Heinrich, prominent Eu
ropean concert pianist, has come to
the United States to try to make
vaudeville audiences like "high
brow" music. Her specialties are
Liszt, Goria and Tschaikowsky. She
expects to make a hit in' vaudeville
with music of that type.
OUR OWN HEALTH HINTS
If you have a tender skin never
shave with the same razor your wife
uses for sharpening pencils.