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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 22, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 6',
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By order of the health authorities
all play spots and movie shows have
been closed to the kiddies.
Here's what a visitor to tenement
Children playing in damp, dark
Babies crawling about dirty floors
of slum apartments. Many mothers,
panic-stricken because of the' epi
demic, have kept their children shut
up all day in the rooms.
Thousands of kiddies with daring
and initiative have been in rebellion
against their bake-oven imprison
ment and have taken to inhabiting
the public fountains.
In almost every park around the
tenement districts pedestrians see
children of all ages soaking and
splashing in the fountains, with a
watchful eye out for cops.
.While a special committee has rec
ommended that the playgrounds be
opened again under medical supervi
sion and fresh air camps are to be
opened soon, it is realized that clos
ing the grounds has not been the only
reason for the terrible conditions
among the slum children.
East Side mothers have been qar
ried away by the panic and in shut
ting up their children and refusing
to report cases of the disease have
made matters worse than ever.
In comparison to the conditions in
New York, especially among the
poorer classes, Chicago youngsters,
as well as grown folks, are in a much
better position to fight the heat of a
Here we have bathing beaches ga-v
lore, which are crowded every day.
They are within the reach of the
poor as well as the rich, as many mu
nicipal beaches are free to all.
Our parks are practically turned
over to Chicago children. They can
even spend their nights on the grass
if they want to. The infantile para
lysis scare did not hit Chicago nearly
as hard as it hit New York. Hence
there is more freedom for tiny tots. I
Even in the tenement districts suf
fering is cut down through being able
to get under shade trees and to bath
ing places without being chased by
the cops. Chicago is taking care -of
its thousands of poor pretty well this
As a help, shady streets in various
sections of the city might be roped off
for an hour every few days to. let
the youngsters have free reign, where
they are far frori parks or"heaches,
BABY STARTS AS MILLIONAIRE!
Mrs. Judd, on the arrival of a new
son, has announced she will start the
newcomer in life with a bank account
of $1,000,000. The babe was born at
the $1,000,000 home of Mip. Judd,
who was the widow of Charles C.
Gates, in Minneapolis.
Jacksonville, Fla. Panther killed
and devoured Claytdn McDonald,
hunting near Everglades.