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to tobacco, 34 per cent drank, and 23
per cent "were poverty stricken!
,kAll these figures taken together
tell their own story. They show that
in a dozen differentways the mur
derer is the victim of "material con
ditions, which 'could be "remedied or
prevented! The immediate thing for
society-to do, then, is to destroy these
evil conditions. That step alone
would do away-with a great percent
age of murder. I am sure that by
putting a stop to child labor we would
cut our prison population in half!
"By thus correcting the physical
causes of crime, of course we
wouldn't eliminate all crime. But as
a first step it would do far more than
our present system of punishment
HOW CHILD LABORERS BECOME
Three of the four New York gun
men who paid the death penalty for
the murder of Herman Rosenthal,
Were products of child labor.
"Gyp the Blood" was an errand boy
at the age of 13.
"Whitey" Lewis, while stllTa child,
toiled as a bookbinder's apprentice,
and then as a tinsmith's.
"Dago Prank" slaved from an early
age in a department store.
The fourth of the band, "Lefty
Louie," was a product of the slum
streets, into which he had been
thrown on his own resources from
the age of 6.
Close connection between child
labor and murder is shown by the fa
mous case of the Chicago "car barn
bandits," who were hanged for-mur-.
der a few years ago.
JHarvey Van Dine, a murderer at
20, was forced' to grind out his life
from the age of 1 in the blackness
and heat of-an engine room, where
he was the engineer's assistant.
Peter Neidermeyer, when he was
under 12, began to work as driver's
helper on a coal wagon. -,,
. Gus Marks, the third member of
the band,- waa sent .to-.work, when
'only a chlldand for yedrs'was forced
to do night work.
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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN
GERMANY AN AMERICAN '
Berlin. The title of the most beau
tiful American girl in 'Germany has
.been given by common consent of the
American colony here to Miss Mane
Herteristein, a talented young pianist
who has created something, of a fu
rore in musical circles of the German
Miss Hertenstein was born in Co
lumbus, Ohio, but has spent many
years in study abroad. 'She does not
expect to .make her 'first appearance
I in America''mitil'ne3 season.
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