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pelled to prosecute any violations
of the 10-hour law brought to itsy
"Well, what I said before
goes." Mr. Cohen was growing
"Thenyou won't take notice of
any complaints handed in to you
or violations by the department
"No, except in the cases of old
offenders. We intend to be len
ient tonight, as the stores have re
spected the law so well."
Mr. Cohen's tone implied that
his questioner must be consider
able of a pinhead not to1 see the
expediency of this arrangement.
Next the state's attorney's of
fice was secured on the 'phone.
Mr. Wayman was not in, and
neither were his assistant, but to
a clerk in the office the following
question was put:
"Has the factory inspector's
office any right to connive with
the department stores in viola
tion of the women's 10-hour
Not being a lawyer, the clerk's
answer was short and to the
point, though he did not quote
from any authorities, and, was not
talking in an official capacity.
"No' he replied. "That is, no
one has a right to break the law."
Nevertheless, any stores who
wish to work their girls late and
violate the law will be allpwed to
do so tonight. '
"GOOD" PEOPLE OF TOWN
OUST OLD SANTA CLAUS
.. BeUefontaine, O., Dec. 23.
ecPbyttie "good" people of this
The eminently respectable
churchgoers and the school lead
ers have officially put the ban on
him. He is too much trouble.
It might amusethe children,
to be sure, but the church and
school societies have no time for
Church leaders think great
harm has been done the children
by letting them believe there is
such a saint as St. Nick. He isn't
in the Bible, and children should
not associate their thoughts with
anyone not in the saintly "400",
with his name prominently men
tioned in the "blue book."
BeUefontaine is a town of 10,
000 inhabitants, and there are 1,
500 children here. Every one of
them was cherishing in his heart
visions of a visit from .Santa
Claus. But nothing doing, say
the good people. '
The exact reason 'for his offi
cial disbarment is uncertain, but
the fact remains. The school au
thorities wished to avoid the trou
ble of Christmas as entertain
ments, it is understood.
If Santa Claus does come here
he will'have to make his'visit by
stealth, and, call only at indiyidual
homes.- And the "good" people
of BeUefontaine think thev have
accomplished a great moral work
in branding-as a myth one of the
most cherished beliefs of child
hood. "There-is no Santa Claus," say
the grown-ups, but the "kiddies"
.have-nokyet figured it out