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THE PUBLIC FORUM
MORE ADVICE TO POOR. The
latest theory by Dr. Rosalie Marton
is 'that the weariness and languor of
the working giri-is due to careless
ness of habit and diet.
How true! What marvelous in
sight! Let us then drop all our maudlin
pity for the poor working girl sizzling
in this balmy weather in shops,
offices and factories, and show them
that all their weariness, hunger,
troubles and illnesses are due to lack
of care and pure food! I am sure
they will be ever so thankful for hav
ing it pointed out to them.
"Eat good, nourishing food," says
doctor, "and plenty of it!" Excellent
A breakfast should consist of fruit
and cereal and cream and eggs, and
the midday meal should be just as
good. It must be acknowledged that
the advice is sound. "Furthermore,"
declares the doctor, "women should
not be their own servants at night."
She thinks that after a day's work
women should steep and not worry.
Now, there you are; that is the
secret of your trouble in a nutshell.
When you return at night from a
day's fagging work, why, sit down
and take it easy and don't worry!
Don't wash out that other shirtwaist;
don't iron out that ribbon! Don't"
blacken your sho'es or mend your
stockings! Doctor says you are too
tired to do anything but rest, and
that much at any rate is true.
Then why .''o you do it? If you
can't afford to have a maid or the
janitor's wife do it, why, get your
mother or sister to do it, and if they
have to work just as hard as you do,
let's see er why, I guess it must
go undone. Then tomorrow if you
are fired for looking untidy you will
have the satisfaction of knowing that
you followed Dr. Rosalie's advice and
that a thousand other girls are waiting-
anxiously to take your job.
But the doctor is a good teacher.
She understands the needs of the hu
man organism. She knows that the
human engine to give good results
should be properly cared for. She
knows that the bed is made to sleep
in and not to toss and turn in in going
over the events of the day and trying
to figure out ways and means. But
all this good teaching unfortunately
cannot avail since "Poverty prevents
most people from accepting the good
advice of the rich."
Lastly, Dr. Marton says: "If you
cannot constantly increase your
earnings, you may as well drop out
of the race, as you cannot get along
by starving yourself."
So work hard, eat good food, drop
all work after hours, and get fat, and
if your wages don't allow this, why,
don't you mind, for you may take
your choice of slow starvation and
work overtime with a job or quick
starvation with no job.
It seems that Dr. Marton recom
mends the latter. Jeremiah J. Baly.
KICKS SOME HERSELF. Mr.
Loventhal says I have no kick com
ing. Fll admit I wouldn't buy a mule
and expect it to act like a horse.
Yoii'll admit that we have to "live
I thought Thompson would make
a better mayor than Sweitzer and I
still hope so. I didn't vote for Sted
man because I don't understand So
cialism at all. I wish I did.
Is it really too late to do anything
for these garment workers? Are we
really helpless to do anything for
them except give a few pennies? If
so, it's time the working people woke
up. I have heard people who work
for a few dollars per talk against
For myself I am with them and for
them if I did vote for a mayor who
I was hoping 1,000 -women would
volupteer to find out at least where
the public sympathies are. And I be
lieve the women could do it, too, if
they would give a little time to can-