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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 15, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 8

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"Their hours"were-short because
children must Tiave plenty- of hours
of freedom.
-'I was curious to-'discoyer whether
my system of training would enable
those children to"enterihighschool
at the age that children trained in
schools under 4he regular, system,
entered. J "found that at twelve years
they were able to enter 4the seventh
grade of four publiccfiools which is
equivalent to the eighthugrade of your
schools, and that they would be ready
for high school at the same age as
children who had been taught in the
public schools, -with the 'difference
that they were strong in body, heal
thy in nerves and had'a oy of spirit
that is essential to a symmetrical
And while I listened to Mrs. John
son tell ,of her theory of education I
Tiad two mental pictures; one of a
little six, seven and eight sitting in
a crowded school 'room, laboriously
trying to master problems that liis -little
brain cfould not comprehend, the
while the spirit of 'him was roaming
out of doors near the,swimming holes
and the baseball lots; and the other
picture of a happy little six, seven and
eight, tanned "by the sun, strong, up
right, carefree, and all the while ab
sorbing, without any effort, nature
study, elementary industrial arts,
woodworking, electricity, color-work
and clay modeling, music, a garden
course and reading, writing and 'rith
metic, and every bit of that knowl
edge coming to the little six, seven
and eight in the guise of play.
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Madison, Wis., June 15. Prostitu
tion is sapping the American race,
Prof. E,A. Ross of the University of
Wisconsin, noted sociologist, told the
Wisconsin vice commission this after
noon, and in, less than a. dozen years
the nation will begin to feel its ef-
"The brainy, successful business
men of America are the ones who
contribute largely to the houses of
prostitution," said Prof. Ross. "In
stead of passing on their heritage of
business acumen and tremendous
energy, they become infected with
venereal diseases, and their wives be
come sterile.
"The ignorant immigrant cannot
afford to patronize the prostitute.
The result is a constant stream of
humanity, resulting from the natural
fecundity of the immigrant woman. '
The worst is yet to come.
"It isn't the 'Old Adam' in men
that makes them capitulate to prosti
tutes. It's the liquor, the bright lights
and the sensual music. We should
treat prostitution without mercy. It
should be made absolutely lawless."
Prof. Ross ridiculed the idea that
women's entrance into industrial and
business life would result in the de
population of America.
'VSexual attraction will never die
andwe may depend upon it to take
care of the problem of population,"
he said. "Girls" feel it and boys feel
it, and when they feel it normally and
tin a healthy manner this attraction
can more than compete with the at
traction which a girl feels toward a
good job."
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"A clever duck,."
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