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THIS FAMILY VERY LIKELY TO
HAVE THE EXPERIENCE OF STARVING Does society care if some of its brothers and children starve to death? Do you care? - .. At Uzs a. Marshheld av., in a squalid apartment on the third floor, lives a man, his wife and ten chil dren. The man earns $12, sometimes $15 a week. The two oldest children work after school for a total of $6 a Wek. That makes a total "of from $18 to $21 a,week. This is getting to he quite a mathematical problem. Let's have some more mathemat ics. The total maximum income of $21 a week means $1.75 a week for each member of the family. Divide the $1.75 by 21 meals and you get a gross allowance of 8 1-3 cents a -meal. Bet there's no potatoes on the menu at" 928 S. Marshfield or much meat or bread or eggs or onions. What can one eat at 8 1-3-cents per meal? But hold! Our figuring is all wrong. We hadn't allowed for rent, clothing or dad's carfare to work. You can't stall a landlord off forever, you know. After subtracting the weekly rent and carfare there is left enough to furnish 5y2 meals. Mother, you must economize!- No allowance is made for clothes, doctors or movies; such luxuries simply cannot be had. The clothes of the children are bad enough, though the mother has stitched, patched and darned till those who go to school look fairly presentable, but the parents, the baby, and little toddlers are wearing worse than rags. The youngest child is six months old and they run up the scale td 19 years. Five are in .public school, two are in high school and three are too small to go to school. Why don't he take the older chil dren out of school and put them to work? Ask him and he'll tell you : "I came from Russia six years ago. I was only a peasant, but I had op portunities to read and succeeded in getting a fairly good education. But my education came to me too late in life. I know the handicap of ignor ance. I am an example of lack of early education. "I am resolved that my children shall have an education at all cost My wife and I will starve, willingly, if need be, but the last thing we will do will be to take one of the chil dren out of school. "In Russia the children went to school, to what corresponds to the high school here. In this land of wealth they must starve or quit their schooling. "Will you accept charity?" was the question put to the father, with hesi tency, for the man, poor as he was, was a man of pride, and the question er felt that he might feel insulted if charity were offered him. "Yes," he replied. "Society is re sponsible for my condition, not my self. Since society has crushed me into the muck and holds me there with its heel I feel that it will be no disgrace to accept society's charity, for it wouiaonly be a bit of recom pense for the debt that is owing to me." NEGROES STORM CHICAGO It is estimated from careful inves tigation 'that before SepL 1 50,000 negroes will be imported from the south Into Chicago. 10,000 have ar rived in the city m the last three weeks alone. Big labor-hating con cerns such as the stockyards crowd, the steel corporation and the mem bers of the 111. Manufacturers' Ass'n, with a desire to cheapen labor, are said to be behind the move. Health . Com'r Robertson denouncedVthe con ditions under which they were living on the South Side as extremely pe rilous to public health. ' Washington. Arguments in U. S. Steel Co. anti-trust case ends. Now. with supreme court for decision.