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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 09, 1912, Image 12

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tile cpunty civil service commis
sion, also ran for alderman on
that ticket v
Lawrence had no evidence
worth talking about to back up
his charges when the-trial came;
nothing but a cancelled check for
$300, which Tansey proved he
had merely cashed for Lawrence.
Nevertneless, Greer decided
that Tansey was guilty and drew
up a finding to that effect.
The other two commissioners,
Tatge and Fichert, would not
stand for this and drew up a find
ing of their own, clearing Tansey.
Then they threw out Greer's find
ing. o o
The scandal of the canneries
must cease. The scandal of the
meat packing houses must cease.
The scandal of-impure foods and
drugs must cease. We hear much
along this line, but what is the
scandal and how is an end to be
put to it?
Does the scandal consist in dir
ty" canneries, dirty packing houses
and dirty ingredients of prepared
foods and drugs, and are we go
ing to make them "cease" by
merely scrubbing up and fumigat
ing the premises?
No. The scandal lies in law
wages of the employes. Low
wages is the nucleus of the scan
dal, and back to that run almost
all the evils of cannery and pack
ing house and drug factory. Clean
up the business premises surely,
but what of the premises from
which come those who handle the
foodstuffs and the drugs?
Low wages force uncleanliness
and sanitary recklessness, and
chronic physical and nervous ex
haustion breeds communicable
Man is not naturally a dirty
animal. He wants to be clean, but
soap and water cost money. He
wants to live in a healthful, cheer
ful place, with clean clothes, clean
carpets, wallpaper, beds and other
furniture, but things to eat con
sume his income.
What can be expected in the
home, with father, -mother and
even the children out at work in
cannery or factory? The scandal
is riot so much that the cannery,
for instance, is dirty, but that
father, mother and children have
to work in it and live in neglected
Oh yes, by law we can require
that the cannery business be oper
ated under proper sanitary regu
lations. Skin-deep protection to
society! Some day society is go
ing to adoptthe minimum wage
as self-protection, as to health,
morals and finances.
Says William Barnhill of Los
Angeles, on his 626. wedding an
niversary: "It's unnecessary to
keep your wife supplied with the
latest styles." Huh! With a wife
like that any fellow could cele
brate his 62d.
Paths in life separate sadly
sometimes. Edna Goodrich is
playing in "The Awakeriing of
Minerva" and Nat Goodwin is
playing in the awakening of a San
Diego husband.
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