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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 16, 1913, Image 20

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"That is all, gentlemen. Jones,
surprised, made a complete and
dramatic cqnfession, and afterward
paid the penalty of his crime. But,
as I was saying, sentiment has its
proper place in lawand if sentiment
hadn't led me to undertake young
Howard's defense he would have died
a shameful death and Lorna Bright
would not have been a happy wife
for nearly forty years."
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Sydney Ayres.
Sydney Ayres' mother was Horace
Greeley's sister! A little figuring will
easily reveal to you the exact rela
tionship between this good-looking
fellow and the illustrious American
Ayres is an actor, a vaudeville star
and a playwright. He's a dashing
looking cowboy, yet a dress suit
seems to fit him like a glove.
His is one of the most familiar
faces in the "movies." Recently he
became one of the leads at the pic
turesque mission studio of the Amer
ican Film Co. at Santa Barbara. The
spirit of his illustrious ancestry
Beems to hold him in the West!
in an angry aiscussiuu in a publica
tion -entitled "A Plea for the Young
er Generation," a writer has made
the sweeping charge that the schools
and universities are hot-beds of vice
and degeneracy. His message is to
the parents, urging them to protect
their childrens' virtue by explaining
to them the mysteries of the origin of
'life. That is a subject which is dis
cussed freely these days, in maga
zines the other pages of which are
filled with suggestive, sensational
novelettes on the sex question. And
it is a question that has always been
and will ever be one which each
mother or father must decide. No
stranger can say when this or that
child is ready to receive and under
stand certain truths.
But, in the name of the thousands
of little red-cheeked, bright-eyed
boys and girls of tender years that fill
the streets, going and coming from
schools, we resent the charge that
those schools are the breeding place
of unspeakable vices.
It is true, unfortunately, that there
are bad boys, and girls, too, who are
bad in a different way than "badness"
was reckoned a couple of generations
ago, when they played hookey or
brought frogs or mice to school.
But to say that schools arehotbeds
of vice and degeneracy is too great
a blow at the foundation of a child's
educational career and is an insult
to millions of children. Much of the
time spent in the writing and discuss
ing of the sex questions could well
be devoted to relieving conditions
that drive children into factories, un
derfed, ill-paid and mentally stunted.
. o o
A cork sunk two hundred feet deep
in the ocean will not rise to the sur- '
face, owing to great pressure of the
Too bad a fellow can't live on that
spot somewhere out on the Pacific
where they skip a day,-when the first
of the month and bills come 'round.

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