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Sheppard never went to -high
school, but he is an educated man.
He was brought up on books,
read Shakespeare at ten, knows
the Bible almost by heart, taught
school in Dakota, and was clerk
of courts at Highmore, S. D.
Born in Indiana of a family in
which preachers predominated,
hi swhole life has been rrfarked by
vigorous moral activity.
"I have a little boy asleep out
in the cemetery," he says. "I
think of him often. I believe in
a hereafter. I want to carry into
the hereafter the consciousness
that I helped to make this world
a little brighter and better."
"I know life from the angle of
the man who toils. I have learn
ed what I know in the hand-to-hand
battle for existence. I want
to get a little plain horse sense
into our government if I can."
Sheppard is essentially a home
man, and when the day's work is
done can always "be found sitting
with his wife and children on the
porch of his little home out to
ward Lake Harriet.
WORKING FOR THE KIDS.
Columbus, Ohio, July 20. A
motherly little woman entered
the factory of the American Ci
gar Company at Mansfield and
gathered around her a number of
She had a pencil and pad in her
hand. "I want you children to
tell me how old you are and how
many hours a day you work," she
"I'm 13, goin' on 14," volun
teered, one, little shayer, whose
pale face and thin arms and legs:
told plainly the effects of factory
employment. Others gave 13, 14
and 15 as their ages.
The woman, Mrs. Eleanor S.
Myers, of Marion, one of the
state's women factory inspectors,
took down all the information.
As she finished, one of the officers
of the concern confronted her.
"I didn't wait at the office this
time for somebody to come and
show me through," said Mrs.
Myers to him. "The last time I
inspected this factory I was kept
waiting in the front office for half
an hour, and the children were
not at work."
Mrs. Myers' vjsit to the factory
resulted in the American Cigar
Company being charged with 27
different violations of the child
labor law and the law prohibiting
employment of women more than
54 hours a week. If convicted the .
company is liable to an aggregate
fine of $1,350.
Mrs. Myers is doing good work
for women and children employed
in'factories in the fourteen coun
ties that comprise her inspection
Dozens of factory owners have
installed rest and lunch rooms,
and in many other ways have
bettered working conditions for
their employes as a result of her
persuasion. When an owner re
fuses, she goes into court without
Toledo. Dr. C. B. Booth dis
covered burglar in rooms. Threw
book at him. Burglar fell uncon
scious, Revived, and fl?d
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