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crime germ let- it be operated upon.
If an operation will not tcure the dis- ease let the boy be kifiedVfor the sake of society. But a. statement like T?rof. Hick son's is absurd. Imagine) how the man must have "secured f his data. Take a kid who has done something wrong. He has been caught by the police and is brought befoxe a judge. ' He finds himself among strangers; the whole "atmosphere of tBe place is strange and therefore unfriendly. He is being cross-questioned about a happening which, if he1 answers truthfully, will bring him toJ grievous punishment. He becomes afraid, dis traught. In this moment the boy is taken aside by Dr. Hickson, whoi cross-examines him his mental condition. Few men under these conditions would answer in what a psychologist would call a lucid manner. No boy would. Jt is on such tests that Prof. Hickson bases his statistics. Is it fair? When we consider, for instance, the recent nation-famous "Last Chance" Bovb' Club. This club was personally effected by myself and a few others who are interested in chanceless boys. We took one boy from each of twelve states (the most so-called criminally hopeless from each state). Some states were passed by, not hav ing characters bad enough, and with the permission of the penal authori ties, gave them another chance on a farm in Nevada. Eleven of the twelve boys are now perfectly normal today, and it is not even a full year ago that they were considered irretrievable criminals, hopeless cases, etc. Is there any difference, except one degree, between the flve-year-old kid die in the good home who sneaks to the pantry shelf and becomes involv ed with the forbidden jam, and the twelve-year-old slum boy who raids the corner fruit stand? How can a sane man allow himself to be so per verted by words and figures on al sheet of paper? I assert that if Dr. Hickson would submit to a cross-examination, the questions for which to be prepared by some other psy chologist, his batting average when the replies are psychologically weigh ed would declare him more or less criminally insane, depending on the relevancy of the questions to his tem perament. I would make the same assertion in regard to any other clever word handler with a smattering of psycho logical knowledge. He could evolve questions which would bring out an swers not in keeping with a book made definition of a sane boy or man. Jack Robbins. PENNY PHONES Editor Day Book: The Penny Phone League has enlisted 20 first class eminent speakers who are thor oughly familiar with this subject and equipped with credentials and printed literature pertaining to the telephone situation. Our league also has 700,- 000 copies of Congressman David J. Lewis' speech, "The Postalization of the Telephone and Telegraph," de livered by the father of parcel post in the House of Representatives on Jan uary 16, 1914, which will be mailed out to every registered voter in Chi cago by this league. When the readers of The Day Book and citizens of Chicago come into possession of one of these copies they should read it over carefully, for it states very clear and at one glance one can see and understand what a great benefit a municipally operated automatic telephone will be to the citizens of Chicago. A table on the back page shows very plainly the pos sibility of a telephone in every home at a penny a call. Our 20 representatives will be arm ed with credentials and they will visit every organized body in Cook county, giving from five to thirty-minute ad dresses before these bodies and ac quainting them with the -telephone situation at the present time, ... . JL.