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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 21, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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tricts from "which these boys come
and get on your committee represen
tatives of the .people who need help.
Have some one from the Bohemian
district, from the Italian, from the
Lithuanian, from the- Jewish dis
tricts. "There should be a representative
of labor on this committee. I believe
in preventive steps to keep the boy
from becoming a criminal, and one of
the best of these is to get him work.
There are some splendid people at the
head of the labor unions who could
handle this problem with little diffi
culty. "When I was in this court I had this
problem and understood it I knew
the people and the causes that
brought boys into the court, but the
only help I received in handling the
problem was that from the Big Broth
ers organization, who worked with
no desire for publicity, as did also the
Public Defenders' league.
"I do not believe charity is the way
to solve this problem. I do not be
lieve boys should be encouraged to
be dependent on charity. The boy
needs work, but today conditions are
so complicated that he cannot get
work unless he has a letter from the
alderman or some judge or some in
fluential person. It was not that way
years ago and these conditions make
desperate boys.
"I believe in religious training for
boys. The boy who has no respect
for his creator has no respect for the
"I know that if you present this
problem properly to the city council
or to the county board you will have
no trouble getting them to help you."
Judge Fisher declared that more
than 50 per cent of the boys brought
info the court come there because
they have no place to go, and pointed
to the fact that for some unexplained
reason there is no place for the boy
after he Is 17, as every helping
agency stops at that age. He plead
ed for a place in which to put the
boy until something could be done for
him, and told of a boy he had to send
to the House of Correction merely be
cause he was needed as a witness in
an important case and there was no
other place to send him to hold him
unless it would be the County jail.
He suggested that subcommittees
be appointed to build a structure at
the Gage farm for boys over 17; to
obtain a temporary building for boys k
of that age; to obtain a permanent
home; to care for the feeble-minded.
Mrs. Gertrude Howe Britton de
clared that the Shakespeare and Fil
niore street stations, which are al
most vacant, could be used as tem
porary shelters for the boys. Her in-
vestigations into vacant school
buildings to be used for that purpose
had brought vigorous protests from
residents in such vicinities, she -stated.
Among other speakers were Judge
Merritt W. Pinckney, Chief Justice
Harry Olson, President Jacob Loeb of
the board of education, who promised
the support of that board; Peter Rein
berg, pres. the county board, who de
clared the county board would co-op
erate as far as possible, and Mrs.
Louise de Koven Bowen, who urged
the employment of more social work
ers in the boys' court.
Judge Fisher was made temporary
chairman and Judge Pinckney sec
retaryand were empowered to ap
point a committee on committees.
Another meeting will be held next
A play written by Miss Ruth Rus
sell, 13, member of the graduating
class of Lewis-Champlin school, will &Fi
rium tonight The story of the play
is laid in the city of Arne, Greece,
500 B. C. Miss Russell not only wrote
the play, but composed the music
whic haccompanies the songs and
dances. So great has been the de
mand for seats that it will be pro
duced again next Tuesday evening.

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