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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 08, 1912, Image 9

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By Jane Addams.
There are two reasons why I
am a delegate in a national con
vention for the first time in my
The first is the social program
in the platform of this new party ;
the second is woman's suffrage.
We women have! been ' going
around the country demanding
political representation, and it is
only consistent that now when,
for the first time, we are invited
to participate, we should accept.
1 Miss Jane Addams.
The suffrage plank alone, how
ever, would not have brought me
into the party and its convention.
The important thing, in my judg
ment, is the social and industrial
reform program offered by this
new party.
In Col. Roosevelt's confession
of faith, and in the preliminary
drafts of the platform, which I
have seen, were offered the; first
real program for social and indus- J
trial reform.
This new party pledges itself to
work for such things as the mini
mum wage for women, the eight
hour day, the regulation and pre
vention of child labor, old age
pensions and other things for
which we social workers have
been working for years Hither
to, the great parties have ignored
"these questions, and devoted ,
themselves to glittering generali
ties on non-essential subjects.
All social workers are greatly
interested in' the fact that this
new party has championed those '
causes which, heretofore, -have
been the subject of discussion in ,
the very limited centers of the so-
cial workers themselves. Now
they are matters of national inter
est and we expect during the next
three months to see them discuss
ed in every farmhouse and at t
every fireside in the country.
The whole people are going to
think and learn about these
things; that is a very important!
thing. -
It makes very little difference
whether the party succeeds in this (
election or not; the good that will
come from this discussion cannot
be calculated.
Henry Haniberger died in a
Paw Paw, III., restaurant while
eating beefsteak. Waiter had just
handed him a check. Coroner di
vided blame between steakxand
check .w. . n , x
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