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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 07, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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prevails in this country and in Eng
land, is almost unknown in Ger
many." Representative Keating's resolution
lecites that "proper preparation of
our country for national defense de
mands the creation of conditions fa
vorable to the birth and growth of
healthy and sane men and women;
and recruiting officers of the military
and naval service of the United
States have reported that more than
50 per cent of, the young men apply
ing for enlistment are defective phy
sically or mentally, or both, and of
ficers connected with other depart
ments of the federal government
have reported that widespread child
poverty prevails in our country; and
child poverty, which may be denned
as insufficient food and clothing and
habitations detrimental to human
life, is certain to produce weak, de
fective and delinquent adults, and
this in the richest country in the
world, blessed with abundant natur
al resources and a power of produc
tion unequalled in the history of the
human race. Child-poverty and the
consequent increase of unfit adults
in the United States are due to condi
tions within the scope of legislation
and present a problem which should
engage the attention of the congress
of the United States."
For these reasons Mr. Keating's
resolutions propose "That the presi
dent of the United States appoint a
commission of seven to inquire into
child-poverty, its extent and its ef
fect on the manhood of the nation,
its effect on the military and naval
power of the nation and to make
recommendations for legislation to
abolish the conditions which produce
child-poverty and delinquent and de
fective adults." The commission is
tn ip"1ir)p te surgeons, one from
the army, another from the navy and
one from civil life.
"Eight hundred million dollars was
spent in the United States last year
tu mdintain institutions for depend
ents and defectives," said Congress-1
man' Keating when asked about his
resolution. "The production of feeble
minded children lias more than dou
bled in the past ten years and will
soon bankrupt every state and the
nation unless we can abolish child
poverty. If we want real national
preparedness we must begin to pre
pare the human material upon which
the nation must depend in time of
need. It is said that a large part of
the recruits fighting for England in
the trenches in Flanders and else
where are getting enough to eat for
the first time in their lives. We have
got to face this problem of national
efficiency; we must begin to give the
children a chance; we must not at
tempt to build 'military prepared
ness' on a rotten foundation. That
is why I introduced the bill to elim
inate child labor in the United States,
and that is why I have introduced
this resolution which I hope can be
passed, so that we may take an in
ventory of our national race stock
and see what is happening to the
generation upon whom America
must depend in the future."
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Buffalo, N. Y., Feb. 7. John Ed
ward Teiper, young business man of
Orchard Park, was charged with
murder in the first degree before Jus
tice Marcus in supreme court today.
Teiper's mother and brother were
killed while sitting in stranded au
tomobile a week ago. Sister, wound
ed, in grave condition.
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Dunlay, la., Feb. 7. Four stock
men reported killed and others in
jured when double-header coal train A
crashed into caboose of -stock train
on Chicago & Northwestern railway
mile from here today. 20 cars were
wrecked and many cattle killed and
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"Their eyes clung together!"
From a new yarn by Kathleen Norris.

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