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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 16, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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brought" up decently by respectable,
Intelligent parents, but as I grew
older they were a revelation and
nothing but a home, poor as it was,
saved me from perdition.
But what of the hoys who have no
home, or worse still, have a home
that is helping them downward. I
have in mind the case of a playmate
10 to 12 years of age who was
whipped unmercifully every morning
by his father for bed-wetting and
who nearly ruined himself, poor little
fellow, in his frantic efforts and ex
pedients to prevent the "crime" for
which he was sure to be punished the
following doming. Would to heaven
every arm raised to strike a child and
every tongue used to threaten, could
be paralyzed until the sawdust in the
parent's head could have time to
form into brain matter. How the
devil in hell must shout with glee
when he hears the blows of a parent
mingled with the pitiful pleading
cries of "Oh, mamma, oh, papa, don't
whip me. Ill be good." "Good?" A
child couldn't be anything else but
good if it had parents who knew how
to treat it right. If a child is "bad"
it's the fault of the parent with his
insane threats and punishments, in
stead of love and affection. A boy or
girl sent out to work needs all th
love and care of a good home to
counteract the lack of educational
advantages and the effect of evil as
sociates. And how of the boy and
girl that must suffer torments of
mind while changes are taking place
in their physical structures, the na
ture of which they cannot compre
hend? And the cowardly parents,
brave when it comes to punishing the
weak and helpless entrusted to their
care, shrink from speaking the few
words of explanation and advice that
would save thousands from untold
future misery.
Oh, Mr. Editor, help us get the use
of the school houses where neighbor
parents may meet and advise with
each other free from the restraint of
strangers who Texpect us to all re
main seated and silent while they tell
us in classical language things which
some of us cannot understand. We
can do much for each other if given
a chance and if paid instructors are
necessary we can ask for them. In
this way we can improve the home
and save our children and ourselves
much grief and remorse. T. B. M'.
Editor Day Book: The butchers
seldom "put anything over" on the
women. It is the men who buy that
get the worst of it, for the simple
reason that the men do not want to
be known as "kickers" and partly be
cause they cannot judge as well as
women the quality of meats. The
other day a butcher weighed a slice
of ham for a woman and cut off the
rine. "Come back with that rine,"
said the woman who bought it. "1
paid for it and it belongs to me."
I-know one man though who is al
ways in trouble with the grocer or
butcher. Last week he bought a
pound and a half of brains. It was
a couple of ounces short. "Fifteen
cents," said the butcher. "How much
a pound?" said my friend. "Ten
cents," replied the butcher. He call
ed the butcher a rdbber and other'
names. He went without brains for
his breakfast because he would not
stand for being robbed. He always
insists in getting his rights and I be
lieve it helps us poor fellows who
are afraid to stand up for them.
The butcher will get rid of his poor
stock on the person who will stand
for it. The women won't. They ex
amine their purchase as thoroughly
as they would if they were buying a
hat. Whenever I buy meats I gener
ally go to a place where the meat is
on display, and when I see a piece
that looks good I extend my finger
in its direction and exclaim, "Give me
that." Last winter I had to buy my
pork sausage downtown in the loop
stores because all the butchers near
where I lived would swear that wha,
I purchased for pork sausage wag

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