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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 16, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 22',
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THE PUBLIC FORUM
A LESSON FOR BOYS. My beau
tiful 18-year-old boy lies dead in the
next room. Ohr God, how sweet and
calm he rests there, with his gold
brown curls on his broad brow.
I am a mother with a true moth
er's love for all fine boys in this big
world, and that is why in this the
saddest hour of my life I want to
te'll you boys about my John.
About a year ago he was taken
with occasional dizzy spells. Then
his heart began to flutter. He
coughed a short, nervous, little
cough all the time. He grew restless,
cross, irritable. My boy, who had
been so kind and loving from his
I took him to a physician, who ex
amined him thoroughly and then told
him he had a tobacco heart and his
lungs were covered with' a poison,
nicotine, from cigarettes. The phy
sician said he was wrecking his con
stitution and warned him against
cigarettes. John laughed and said
the doctor was crazy. Prom 130
pounds he sank to 103.
Last month he caught cold, and, in
his weakened condition, with his
poor, poisoned lungs, he had not the
strength nor vitality to fight it off.
Day by day he sank. Yesterday he
put his wasted arms around me and
whispered: "Mother, when I get well
its good-by forever to cigarettes."
Last night he died my beautiful
18-year-old boy in the prime of his
youth. And, oh, how he loved to live.
This letter comes fr,om a broken
hearted mother who hopes it will fall
into the hands of at least one boy
who will read it and understand it
B. H. W.
PHILANTHROPY OR DOLLARS.
I see the papers have got a lot to say
about the age limit They are final
ly awake to the fact that workmen
are getting scarce and have very
generously agreed to give "the man
over 45 years old a chance to help
swell their bank accounts. More
glory and power to 'them! Let the
good work go on! Immigration has
come to a halt; more jobs than men.
Dr. Osier's "chloroform theory"
has gqt a black eye. No use, you
can't beat the almighty $. Bunk and
then more bunk. I suppose if Jesus
were on earth they might very gen
erously let him work.
Somebody will say I am a sore
head. I always look for the joker.
It is the $ all the time. Greed, and
don't forget it.
Bear in mind, I don't condemn a
good action when it is meant for
such as the many good people that
make up a grand old country. But
why worry? It takes good and bad
people to make the wheels go around
and the only remedy is to keep your
eyes open and don't sleep at the
switch. J. H. x
THE HOBO. In The Day Book of
Dec. 7 issue J. P. attacks the hobo.
I would like to say a few words in
behalf of the hobo.-
I, like J. P., do not agree with
Markham's statement that they are
"the scum of humanity," neither do
I agree with J. P. when he calls the
hobo an animal. The hobo is a hu
man being, not an animal. Evident
ly J. P. is judging the hobo by him
self. In the first place, what is a hobo?
A hobo is an itinerant worker, a man
who travels from place to place and
works. Some are skilled artesans,
others are unskilled and come under
the heading of unskilled labor.
, As to the cause of hoboes, I would
not say society caused the hobo.
There are many answers to "why is
a. hobo?" Some are hoboes because
of a desire to travel or wanderlust.
Others are hoboes because economic
conditions cause them to seek else
where for a livelihood. Some are
men who have made mistakes and
have to keep moving for their health.
- I am sure the' hobo- exists on a
higher plane than the bum who stays