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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 04, 1912, Image 9

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By W. G. Shepherd.
(Staff Correspondent.)
Madison, Wis., Jan. 4. How
did the new Wisconsin progress
ive idea of popular government
help to make the home life of the
Hobbses any belter?
In main- ways. For instance it
exerted an influence on freckled
little Jimmy Hobbs. Jimmy sold
papers but, under the state law,
he wasn't allowed to be" on the
streets after eight o'clock at
When he ran away from school
it wasn't considered a joke. The
teacher reported to the superin
tendent that he was a truant. The
superintendent reported to the in
dustrial board. The industrial
board reported back to the sheriff
and told him as truant officer to
get after Jimmy. You can be
sure that Jimmy stuck close to
school, after that.
The state cut down the price of
gas from SI. 20 to SI. 00 and, as
soon as' the gas company makes a
certain amount more, another cut
will come, automatically. It forc
ed an improvement in street car
service and some day. when the
company has made all the im
provements necessary, it will take
up the question of threecent fares.
The Wisconsin state govern
ment is against falsely branded
foods. Mrs. Hobbs can be sure
that when she buys catsup in
Wisconsin it is real catsup, made
of tomatoes, and not artificially
colored turnips.
The state law of Wisconsin
says that, if a certain number of
citizens in a neighborhood re
quests that a public school build
ing be opened and heated and
lighted on a certain evening for
an entertainment of a reputable
sort, "the school building shall
be opened and prepared."
The "shall" is imperative on
the school board or the superin
tendent of schools. In Wiscon
sin they call a school a social cen
ter. There isn't any worry in the
Hobbs household about the de
posits in the state bank. Federal
banks fail, now and then, in Wis
consin but the state banking laws
are so fair and unfailing that the
stale banks have increased in
number from 125 to 533 since
1895 and the deposits in that time
have increased 534 per cent and
there hasn't been a single failure
of a state bank.
It's some fun to live in Wiscon
sin. In most other cities when
the gas gets poor and the rates
are too high, or when street cars
are so crowded or so scarce that
you'd rather walk, about all you
can do is to write a letter to a.
newspaper about it and sign it
"Vox Populi" and wait in vain to
see it published.
It isn't that way in Wisconsin.
You can tell your troubles to men
who have absolute power o cr the
corporations and, if your com-

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