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one per cent. Funny, isn't it, that
these millions, deprived of their op
portunity for learning, should desire
"And Hobo College surely is an ap
propriate name for such an institu
tion. For 65,000,000 American free
men have no property and no money,
which are essential to a college
course or degree. Only 12 per cent
ofthe children f the working class
pass through high school of which""
7Q per cent are females. Sixty per
cent of the children leave the com
mon schools before, they reach vthe
sixth grade, in order that they may.
go' to work. Illiteracy in the state of
Alabama averages 36 per cent, and
this average is more or less prevalent
in the southern states. The average
v in Illinois is 10 per cent. The aver
age of the whole of the United States
is 12 per cent. That means " that
there are 12,000,000 free Americans
who can neither read nor write. And
a large perecentage of the remainder
derive their "education" from read
ing such unutterable hog-wash! as
Mr. Lait writes.
The Hobo College has a mission.
It seeks to teach the difference e-r
tween a downy couch in the Black
stone and a flop at Hogan's and the
reason for that difference. ' The so
cial service report of the Federal
Council of Churches recognizes that
environment and low wages are re
sponsible for the lack of "ambition"
in many of tie migratory workers. '
I would advise Mr. Lait to try an
experiment Place a rose bush in
your cellar at home, away from" the
sunshine and nature s elernents. Will
your plarit thrive and come into full
bloom? A' child dragged up in the
tenements, with a father working f of
a low wage and a mother overworn
from too much toil a child who is
anaemic and snuffers from malnutri
tion Mrs. Ella Flagg Young report
ed two years ago that every morning
50,000 Chicago children go break
" fastless to school has no chance for
a college education. Yet thework-
ingmen's .children, amPthe working
men themselves, are surely entitled
to an education.
We need such an institution as the
Hobo College. 'The lowly Nazarene
said of himself: "The foxes have
holes, and the birds of the air have
nests, but the Son of Man hath not
where to lay his head." Were he here
he wouldl approve our works, for he
was a member of the great brother
hood of those who suffer.
"I am a hobo, a migratory worker.
For two years I was a member of the
Herald family, in 1903 'and 1904. I
am glad that I got off it before it be
gan pririting Jack Lait M. C.
Walsh, Sup't Hobo College.
SEGREGATION. L. Lesnicki asks
in The Day Book for some ideas upon
I will give him mine. So the Rev.
Myers wanjs a segregated district,
does he? v "
A segregated district? Never!
Pardners in prptected vice?. Never!
Let the mothers of Chicago take '
their' daughters into that private
room -of theirs at home and spend an
hour each day and teach them the
dangers of the dance hall, the cab
arets and all the alluringlights that
shine on Madison, State and Mil
Mothers, get acquainted with your
own daughters. Know more about
that young man who is calling on
her arid the one she meets and who
never calls. I know it will be a hard
task, but mothers, do it.
Fathers, take that fine, upgrowing
son of yours into your private den
and tell him some of your own hid
den personal secrets. Open the'doors
of the concealed closet and show him
the grinning skeleton.
His inate breeding that he drew '
from the milk of a loyal mother -when
a baby will help him and that
talk will go down with him as the
supreme moment of his life, and send
your son out into the world as a pro-'
tector of womankind, and not the de-