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THE DAY BOOK
500 SO. PEORIA ST
TEL. MONROE 353
Vol. 1. No. 163 Chicago, Thursday, April 4, 1912 One Cent
"WORKING BABIES" SPELL DEGENERACY AND
RUINED LIVES, SAYS RABBI LEVI
The following remarks of 'Rabbi Levi, of Temple Israel, are re
spectfully called to the attention of Dean Walter Sumner, of the
cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, who wishes to check the increase
of physical and mental degeneracy by saying who shall and who
shall not marry: j
Boston, April 4. "Unless you men of the National Clothiers'
Association, and you owners of department stores here today see to
it that apti-child labor laws are passed and enforced, I tremble for
the future of ''the nation.
"The people o( the United States do not know what is hap
pening to the children of the present generation. They would not
dare to let it go on if they did know.
"I have seen toddling-babies'scarcejy able to walk, forced to
work and sweat all day long'to help their parents earn enough bread
to exisr. " r
"You manufacturers .and you department store owners, here
today know the truth of -what I say. You know that there are babies
of three years of age working in New York today.
"To those who say they do not know; to those who say they do
not believe it possible, I answer thafl can prove it. ,
"In one scattered canvass of-the factories and stores of New
York, whtch took in only 558 working-children, here is what was
"FQur children of three years of age; 21 children of five years'
of a"ge' 41 children of seven years of. age; 45 children' of nine years'
of age, aVid 76 children who were,under ten years of age.
"Such conditions cannot go pn. They spell'. degeneracy, and
sickliness, and ruined lives, and whisky-sodden-men and prostituted
'Women. They spell the fall of the nation."
These are not .-the words of what the capitalistic newspapers,
love to call a "Socialist labor agitatoV." They are the words of
Rabbi Levi, of Temple Israel, one of the most noted Jews in the
Rabbi Levi added to these words by saying that there was,,
no limit for child labor m the states of New York and Mainef-that