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PROFESSORS GET PLAIN
TALK FROM YOUNG GIRL
Philadelphia, April 1. Ever
since Saturday the learned and
dignified very dignified mem
bers 'of the American Academy
of Political and Social Science.
tA now in annual convention here,
nave uccu guiug muuuu 111 a. sure
This is because of Fay M.
Hartley, 18 years old, extremely
pretty and possessed of a mind
of her own.
The Academy was in conven
tion all last week, and it had been
having a great time -with itself.
The college professors who make
up the Academy had been set
tling the affairs of nations.
They discovered that trusts
were wicked, and naughty, and
ought to'be suppressed, and they
used long words so no one could
understand what they meant.
They didn't understand what
they meant themsemselves any
way, y .
Then Fay Hartley , blew into
the convention Saturday after
noon! Fay was most becomingly
dressed, and ,as a plain, com
mon, ordinary man would call a
"peach." Fay asked for "just
three minutes in order to speak
to the convention."
The "just three minifies" were
granted, and then Fay occupied
a fdll half hour telling thoe col
lege professors that they didn't
know what they were talking
about, that they used too much
scientific bunk in their discus
sions of the tariff and the trusts,
that they were a lot of hypocrites
arid a few- Other things of that
Fay began by saying she rep
resented theRural Life Society
of Lincoln, Neb., whatever that
is, and then she began.
She said the chief trouble with
the members of the Academy
was that .they overlook the ex
istence of the "common people."
"You get up here," she said -"and
you falk about the trusts
and the corribines and the wick
edness hereof, and no one who
listens to you could ever leafn
from your 'talk that there was
such a thing as 90,000,000 odd
plain people in the United States.
"I was brought up on the farm. t
I am only a country girl. But I
know you are all wrong. Since I
came here, I have heard more
than forty speakers.
"Not one of them has hit the
nail on the head- .
"All of them have talked a lot
of trucjk about combines; and
not one of them has recognized
the existence of the common peo
ple. Anyone listening would
think the common people had
passed out of existence in the
flood and had never come into
"If you want to solve any of
the great problems of this coun
try, all of you have got' to get
your noses a little closer to the
ground, and catch thef sentiment
and feelings of the people.
"It is the people that make up
this country. Socialism and an
archy are the mutterings of a
giant that will soon wake up and f
grab everything in sight if vote