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THE PUBLIC FORUM
He told me it was simply great
' To live in his big town;
He told me of thecoin he'd made
Besides all his renown.
He told me of the strangest things
I'd heard nothing like it!
To him they seemed but common
He was so used to it.
And straightway to the town I went
It wonders to pursue;
But now I haven't got a cent
Guess I'm "city broke," too.
William J. Acker.
BIRTH CONTROL. Many people
loveto call our crude, half -civilized
civilization finished. Those of us who
think know better. John Brown led
a movement against slavery, but he
paid the penalty with his life. With
in ten years from that time all slaves
in this country were free men and
women. We all had to defy the law
before this to give justice.
Carrie Nation used hatchets and
violence in attacking the hell-shops
which were against the law, but
within five years Kansas was as dry
as a bone and today the nation is
half dry, with the movement spread
ing to Russia, England and elsewhere.
As we look back, are any of us hard
on these pioneers of just causes to
Christ drove the money changers
out of the temple with violence. That
was the movement in his day.
Today we have the problem of birth
control. The world is being over
populated. We are all breeding young
by geometric progress for the inter
national slaughter house of future
wars. Women are slaves 'everywhere
to the birth and care of children.
The clergy glory in births and
christenings because it is their main
graft These "holy shockers" care
nothing for the happiness and com
fort of women. One Lutheran minis
ter in Cook county had 37 children,
Twenty-one killed the first wife. One
German Jew told me he had 17 and
his brother had 20, but he was going
to beat his brother. One to four or
five ought to be enough to care for
Parents ought to look to their own
happiness a little after this. We had
better run our population a little be
hind, like France or gain slightly,
than to breed like fish and flies and
thus enslave the mothers of the race.
Let us have a real free country and
not be half slaves and half free.
Allen Stevens, 2538 N. California Av.
REPLY TO MRS. EVERETT. So
very often people that are living a
useful life, a life above the average,
are unjustly criticized. It requires a
great jieal of courage and love for
humanity for these "high brow" re
formers to become interested and
willing to assist their less fortunate
sisters in any way. There are so very
few people willing to help the fallen
women out of their rut that what
ever the motive of these "high brow"
reformers, they are doing an unusual,
helpful and noble work.
What if we do have prostitutes
and redlight districts? Is that any
reason why these "high brow" re
formers should "lay off"? Should
they not be all the more ambitious
to do everything they can to dimin
ish the evil?
Let us be a little kinder, a little
more just in our criticism of the
"high brow" reformers. Let us not
expect them, but rather look upon
them as just ordinary human beings
with desires and instincts like our
selves. "The Other Kind of a Girl."
THE CHILD LABOR BILL Few
people realize that the so-called
Shurtleff child labor bill is one of the
most unjust bills introduced since the
defeat of the so-called Hull House
bill in 1911.
Section 2 of the Shurtleff bill pro
vides that no one shall employe any ,
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