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LETTERS WRITTEN TO
THE DAY BOOK
PROTESTS AGAINST SOME
' CHILD-SAVING WORK.
The Day Book: Since Miss Whit
aker is praising the work of one
Jack Robbins, I, as an American citi
zen and patriot, wish to enter a pro
test against some of his methods of
child-saving work viz., removing
the children from their native state.
You are probably not aware that
there is a growing tendency among
so-called social uplifts and charity
workers to secure control of the
wards of our state, to rear according
to their own idea on farms and
ranches in almost every state in the
union or even beyond the seas.
Some of our most able judges and
our own governor, Edward F. Dunne,
'have protested against this uncon
stitutional act. v
In Miss Whitaker's article she says
this Jack Robbins is a poor clerk us
ing his own money for this uplift
work. I will quote from a daily pa
per of Jan. 12, 1914:
"A group of the meanest young
sters in the U. S., ranging in age from
13 to 15 years, chosen by Jack Rob
bins, who started out Oct 2 with an
experienced social worker on a
search for bad boys, arrived 'yester
day. The party left for a nine-acre
tract of land in Nevada, 27 miles
north of Reno."
Now, the query, Were-any of these
boys wards of our state or nation?
Were they taken with the cpnsent of
parents and kin? Did one of the
boys escape by stealing a horse when
he rode to death in his wild efforts to
return to his "native state? If so,
this child is branded for life an out
law, horsTe thief, fugitive, and all but
a murderer, which he probably
would have been had he been cor
nered like the little Copps boy, who
claims in self-defense he committed
the crime for which, at the age of 14
years, he is serving a life sentence.
In conclusion, if the infamous Ju
venile Court law was amended we
would need no Jack Robbins to give
his precious time and hard-earned
money from Oct. 2, 1913, to Jan. 12,
1914, to search for bad boys.
Quoting from the Hon. Judge Mur
ray F. Tuley: "If the State of Illi
nois cannot take care of its own
children we had better quit the busi
ness." Let us hope the members of our
legislature will take notice jof the
recommendations made by Gov.
Dunne in his message: "That the
law be so amended that no child be
taken beyond the jurisdiction of the
courts or beyond the seas."
Miss Harriett N. Dunn.
THE CONSUMER MUST PAY.
Chicago, May 29, 1914.
Editor Day Book: I read with in
terest your article about John Wan
amaker's new plan for a Saturday
holiday with full week's pay for all
employes, but I should like to ask you
a question or two : Who do you think
will pay for that extra day's vaca
tion with no sales? Will it come out
of John Wanamaker's pocket? Will
he not add enough to liis prices to
make the consumer pay for that hol
iday wage? Doesn't the consumer
always pay for every "improvement"
that Big Business makes? And the
consumer means the poor man, and
we all complain because everything is
so high and beyond our purses.
Isn't the real reason for the high
cost of living the fact that we have
to pay for so many more luxuries
than we really need? Are we not
paying for baseball and moving pic
tures and week-end vacations? Isn't
the whole country mad with desire
for amusement, from the tiny tod
dler1 to the graybeard? Is there
never going to be an end to the
amusement craze? Our fathers and
mothers didn't have it, and they grew
up to be serious-minded, strong
principled, hearty men and women.
But our present generation must
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