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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 24, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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by subtraction and addition, to-wit: He stole from Jiis employer in order
t.o make up the difference between $11 and later a $14 wage and what he
considered a living wage the amount he and his family could live on.
The law is very strict concerning aliens who do such things they must
go back whence they came they and all -their dear ones.
So the wifeand babies whom Oscar Schneider stole for, that they might
eat and live, are going to be sent out of America right away.
Schneider will.also be deported, but he has a year to serve behind the
grey walls of the penitentiary first., '
Schneider says he is not being punished at ajl for the crime he conir
mitted. In a letter to his wife he says: "It is you and our little ones, who
must suffer. I have found the prison a most humane institution even
more humane than the world outside."
It is not enough that the law send the 'man to the penitentiary for a
long term, thereby making him answer for his crime and also keep' him
away from his wife and babies. But it must go farther it must throw the
wife and babies out of America It
must put thousands of miles between
the father and his life partner and
their little on,es it must rob the Bel
gian of a chance to work at a living
wage and become an honest Ameri
can citizen.
And yet, every day in the year,
somewhere in this great Land of the
Free and the Home of the Brave" it
is drummed into folks of foreign
birth that the" main fight of the new
citizen in this land is not their rights,
but their duty to their new country
And when the folks of foreign
lands start out in this great land of
"duty first," they are not told that
the "duty first" does not work in
every sense of the word. They are
not told that when they hunt for
work that the "duty first" plan is not
foremost in the mind of the em
ployer. They are not told that, but
they know as human beings that it
is the right of every man to live.
They have heard that "all men are
created equal." They start out for
work in the new country with the
idea of being paid enough for may
be 8, maybe 10, maybe 12, and may
be more, hours' work a day, to feed
their babies and their wives.
And when they do not get this sort
of treatment from big employers
well, things on the Oscar Schneider
order happen.
And then they are mighty liable to
run up against what the Schneider
family did, and they are mighty lia
ble to never become, as was their
first inten,tion, real law abiding. citi
zens "of 'the United States.
The Schneiders are even now with
out a home. They are living, the
mother and two children, ' in two
rooms of a tenement house. These
two rooms the little mother is trying
to make take the place, of their little
home that was taken away' from
them as part restitution for the steal
ings of the father. Most of their
home furniture left them in the same
And the peculiar part of the whole
case is that because her husband has
said, "I am being treated well, here in
prison, I scarcely feel, that I am be
ing punished," Mrs. Schneider does
not feel unkindly towards the United
States, despite everything else.
"I ask for no sympathy for myself,"
she says. "Perhaps it is best that I
go back to my people.
"I could make a living here if I had
to, but with my husband in. jail, with
the prospects of being thrown out of
America as soon as. his sentence is
served well, I am ready to sail away
for my native land.
"The thing that my husband did
was for the sake of our children and
me, although I did not know what he
was doing.
"He did it for the love of us. Not

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