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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 19, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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the city gates of LaCrosse, but the
sentiment has a place in the heart of
every city and the result is:
LaCrosse is the city that gives ba
bies the best deal in America!
The baby death rate in LaCrosse
is 30.6 per 1,000, compared to 193 per
1,000 in Passaic, N. J., where babies
get the worst deal in America, as
told in The Day Book.
To learn how LaCrosse became
the "baby's paradise" and secure
pointers for the nation's baby-saving
campaign, I went to Dr. J. M. Furst
man, health commissioner. He said:
"We educated the milk man.
"We educated the mother.
"We educated the community."
In 1911 the baby death rate in La
Crosse was 70.7 per 1,00 living births.
In 1915 the rate was 30.6.
"Milk supply means life or death
to many babies," said Dr. Furstman.
The first thing done, he said, to
check the procession of white hears
es, was to open hostilities with care
less milkmen. It was a bitter fight,
according to the health commission.
Many milkmen were prosecuted. But
the doctor won and LaCrosse babies
now drink pure milk.
"Mother love is the most beautiful
thing in life, but it takes mother
sense to save babies," said .Dr.
Furstman. "We reached the mothers
and babies through visiting nurses,
public school nurses and 'Little
Mothers' clubs. The clubs were
composed of school girls who were
taught in the school how to wash
and dress a baby. They practiced on
baby brothers and sisters at home."
Much sickness among LaCrosse
babies came from impure water. A
water plant was built at a cost of
$450,000, 20 wells were sunk, the
river abandoned as a water supply
and now La Crosse babies have pure
water, as well as pure milk.
Health inspection was introduced
into public schools and school nurses
visited homes as well as schools.
Last summer LaCrosse gave use
of its most beautiful park, Myrick
park, to babies for a summer camp.
Working mothers who had been
leaving their babies with neighbors
when they went to work, took the
babies to the camp, where trained
nurses kept them cool and well-fed
all day.
A baby welfare exhibit was held
last fall. Milk exhibits taught moth
ers many things about the quality of
milk. As a result, unclean dairies
lost patronage and regained it only
when the health department declared
the dairies clean.
One of the most important things
done, says Dr. Furstman, was to ask
prompt reports on births. When a
physician reported a birth, the
nurses visited the new baby and
mother from one to three times a
week- The nurses tpld the mothers,
where necessary, how properly to
feed, clothe and bathe the infant
LaCrosse has a population of 31,
000. It is a city of factories, rubber
mills, breweries, round houses and
woolen mills, a beautiful little city
of little lawns, and, according to fig-
ures, the best place in the country
for a baby to be born.
Puzzleland Camp, Somewhere in
Mexico. While everybody at home
is wondering whether Gen. Pershing
can hold the lines he has driven far
into Mexico should the native troops
attack the Americans, the boys in
khaki are puzzling over quite a dif
ferent problem.
What did Gen. Pershing reply to
the Mexican, Gen. Obregon, when
Carranza's military chief intimated
that Pershing should take his men
out of Mexico?

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