Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
"FOR OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN""
Not long ago in-a Kentucky -city a--teacher reported- to the mothers'
club in connection with her school that one little boy never went home for
lunch at the noon recess hour. She thought "he was hungry, ahd..this,. per
haps, accounted ! or his' bad' marks and his "naughty behavior. She thought,
perhaps, it would be a good' thing for the club to see that the boy got
sbme inexpensive lunch every day!.
'The club duly investigated and made the formal report that it had
looked into the matter and -found the .case NOT' WORTHY! As a result,
the little boy continues to go without his lunch.
He may have a bad mother or father. They may be drunkards or
wasters. They may be unworthy. So, as a result-of the club's human
justice, the boy suffers.
' Think of -it! All the other little boys and ; girls go to some sort of
home where they are welcome. It may be. -a poor .place, but it is lighted
and warmed with a mother's love. The (little lunch may be very meager,
but it is the best the parents' can give their -darling. v
And the "unworthy" little boy is deprived of '"all, this. With, a stomach
crying'forffood, with a little', wild beating.ieart yearning for some human
interest 'and affection, with k young brain seething with revolt at the' early
cruelties' of his world, is it any wonder that? the, child is lax in his studies,
rebellious towards his-teachers? . v
And all because the Cold, scientific .investigators found the case "un
worthy!" That's charity for you! That's brotherly;'love in a community which
professes a belief in the sublime words of 'the great teacher who said that '
little children should be suffered &6 come unto iiim because, "of such was
the kingdom 6f heaven." v-
i o d - - . i .
FROM A WORKING GIRL
Dear Miss. Whitaker: Haying got
a Day Book to read' I came across
your story and was grieved to read
all the hardships you went through
but was glad to know you are iri-,a":
position to help others now. I am a
girl, seventeen- years of age a'nd" am
working in a department store as
cashier for $5 a week. The -name and
address of the firm is : I
started there as cash girl when I
was fourteen years of age for $2.50
per week and worked from 3 a.m.
juntil 6 p. m., and sometimes later.
'.In winter when it was cold and snow
ing I had to wash outside windows.
iThere were iqany more hardships I
jhad to go through, but what's the
use of discussing all that. I had
plenty of experience when I was
cash girl, so I know quite a lot about
j cashiering, but they say I am 'too
iyoung to get any more salary, and J
am rather small for my age. I live
wjith my. par.enfs and,am the oldest
of 'seven cfoldren&'and- what father
and I earn -is the "only income we
get," so it i&iard.-t'qr'gjet any clothes
and amusement,, i which every girl
wants. " ' -
I am writing this with the hope of
getting ' something better. I work,
three'; days a-week, from 8:30 a. in.
until 6 p. in,-twoT' days from" 9 a. m.
until. 9 p, m., and. On,e day from 10
a.' m.'UntiT'lO p. m. r
1 Please dop't5 give my jiame and ad
dress to 'anyone.
Note In order to protect this- girl
in her present position I haVeleft
blank the name'of the firm bywhom
she is employed, although it is in. my
Yale's kind of cherked up because
of her senior class of 255 only 100