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IF MA FIXED BABY'S SEX
The quest for the secret of how to determine sex before birth, Jike the
quest of the fountain of perpetual youth, the philosopher's stone, perpetual
motion and unmixed happiness, has been a pastime of the ages. It is like
the wisp of hay strapped in front of the jackass It lures us on, but we
never reach it
Did you ever stop to think what it would mean to the race if a mother
could knowingly decide her baby's sex?
If you're a married man ask your wife how many girl babies he would
have if hers were the power to say girl or boy. If you're not a married man,
seeing that we live in an age when problems of sex are again coming into
the open, ask some other man's wife preferably in her husband's presence.
It so happens, under the good Lord's plan, that about as many girl
babies came into the world as boy babies, which means that the race can
go on. True, from time to time and for a time, we foolishly muss up this
intended equilibrium by sending a lot of the grown-up boy babies away
somewhere to be shot in needless, wars shot, maybe, to make a market for
cannon and armor plate; or shot, maybe, to pull some big real estate spec
ulator's chestnuts out of the fire, while he stays carefully and comfortably
out of the bullet range.
And when we aren't doing that we blunder on the other extreme by
dooming great numbers of our grown-up babies to work at killing labor in
unwholesome trades for beggarly pay, thus unfitting them in many cases
for the divine function of motherhood; or we so ball up the distribution of
the common wealth that numbers of men who should be married and
bringing up families feel too poor and insecure and thus are tempted to
tempt certain percentages of women to the cheerless lot of the grown-up
girl baby who doesn't have children of her own.
But in the main the boys and the girls even up under the plain which
the good Lord or Old Mother Nature or Blind Chance if, in the face of the
amazing proofs of a wisely ordered universe, you insist that Blind Chance
explains things has beneficently fixed.
And thus the race survives.
But let ma fix it, and then what would happen?
DIARY OF FATHER TIME
For years America has been re
garded by Europe as the home of
great disasters. About 20 years ago
a well-known French writer remark
ed that the United States was over
run with societies for the protection
of animals, but none for the protec
tion of human beings. Fortunately
within the last few years it has
dawned upon those at the head of
great industrial concerns that it is
better and cheaper to pay for safety
devices than to pay damages after
In 1906 a Committee of Safety was
formed .which, since its organization,
has spent $5,000,000 in preventing
accidents. Electric signs have been
erected warning the worker to be
careful not only for his own sake but
for the sake of others; guards have
been erected over belts and gears;
safety ropes have been rigged up
within easy reach of the workman
- '"1 on being slightly prilled, will
instantly stop the machine.
In short, almost everything is being
done to minimize the risk run by
those in charge of powerful machin
ery. A reduction of 43 per cent in the
annual loss from accidents has al
ready been made and the society is
still in its infancy.