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i o The Women of Mississippi.
Some of you know already of the -urpose to unite all organizations in the •tate having women as members in an |Fort to get some needed legislation our children as the result of a meeting of representatives from sev »>al organizations held last March in Greenwood, an invitation to all such -tate organizations was sent out and at lattiesburg a meeting was held to or pnize a Central Committee for work (long these lines, I was elected chair nan and Mrs. P. M. Fulger, of Mc ^omb Citv, was elected secretary. It vas decided to work for the following cgislation: ^ 1st. Improved Child Labor Laws. Experts in this work tell us that Mis I’ssippi’s Child Labor Laws are the best i|,-to be found in any State, but the laws Jf^are not worth the paper they are writ Ijften on, because we have none whose * duty it is to see that they are enforced. > 30 that they are just more material to >stow away in Mississippi’s Charnal House—her dead laws. We Greenwood people think we have an unusually en lightened class of citizens, and any one would think that a man who is intelli gent enough to be a depot agent, would certainly appreciate the neces sity of study and wholesome recreation m 1.1 i _— » LI nn/) IT nt 10 O t lur iii» uu,y ecu um, j - winter right in the midst of the school term such a boy with such a parent came to collect one of the household bills, and when I said, “You ought to be in school today, why aren’t you? the reply was, “Yes’m, I was in school, but I got a job now.” Where this can happen in a town where there isn’t a factory where a child can work, what do you suppose is happening in towns where there are factories, canneries, etc. I am not a suffragist, but who can doubt that women should be allowed to say what is best for children? That js what we were made for. Oh! Wo manhood of Mississippi, mothers of our State’s future citizens! Won’t you arouse yourselves to your duty to all children? Not only your own—those you have given birth to—but ail chil . dren. Won’t you join with us in open ■ ing the eyes of the men of the State < to their duty in the matter? Some of t you will not agree with me on all sub 4 jects, but I can come to every woman in our State with confidence that she * does in her heart have the real welfare of the children uppermost. That she wants her own children and their gen eration to have a fairer chance in life than she has had. That she wants where ignorance and poverty handi caps the parents, for our State to stretch her great urm over and around them and say “i'ii give you the chance to he the very best men women you ate capable of bctogjnade, by see ing that your mind and body shall have an opportunity to develop as <tod meant for them to develop.” Our men are in the midst of toil, day in and day out, the commercial spirit has ^ them in tlieir grasp, and they do not see what our children need as we may , if we will only open our eyes to things , right around us. W’on’t you held us? 2d. A School for the Insttuction of Juvenile Offenders of the Law. You mothers, who spend your lives saying * “don’t” to your little ones in order to teach them that all through life that word must confront them; can’t you imagine what a poor chance to be hon est and upright and law-abiding the /.ViJlrtrpn have who have never had the blessing of careful training? Children are ever reaching out for anything which they fancy; is it any wonder that sometimes when they have never been taught the enormity of theft—what it really means to their own character that they sometimes steal and in other ways break the laws of our State? And then they must be put in the pen itentiary with all sorts of criminals to learn every trick of their trade, or what is almost as bad. they must go unpunished by the mercy of the court. iWhat can a man do when he comes out of prison with the stain of the prisos on his name? And think of a boy or a girl who comes out of prison with this terrible blot, this thing to sap all pride, all hope from his or her soul! When I see this terrible shape hover Iing our children, who have never had a fair chance to even be good children, I’d life to take them all in my arms and shelter them from it Don’t you feel it, you mothers of Mississippi chil dren? If a terrible scourge of disease fcame and knocked at the doors of our homes, which one of you would stand back when you could get between that gaunt figure and our children? This which threatens our poor little folks is worse than any disease which ever destroyed the body, for it kills the soul. Will you stand by and seet it enter any home no matter how humble or how ignorant or rough? Won’t you help us to see that these poor little of fenders have a fair chance? That our State prepares a place where they can be lifted from the depths of ignorance and sin to the plain of upright man hood and womanhood? And won’t you ask your men to see that it isn’t called a “Reformatory” but a “School?” For how can we re-form something which has never been formed? And why start them out with the shadow of a past over them? Won’t you help us? 1 3d. Raising the Age of Consent From 12 to 18 Years. Women of Mis sissippi, we can’t do away with sin by shutting our eyes to it. We women have tried that for hundreds and hun dreds of years; is there less or more of sin now? We have left men to take care of 3in exclusively, because under some erroneous idea we believed that we should not come in contact with it even with our thoughts. Can't you remember how terribly ignorant you were as to your own purpose of being until long years after you were an in telligent woman on every subject with which the every day woman has to deal? Think of a little child, a girl twelve years old, being by the law ad judged capable of giving away that which is more priceless than life itself! Think of the fact that a “whited sep ulchre,” or an attractive villian, may come along, and because of this child’s very ignorance pilch from her this priceless gift, pnd then have tho law hold him guiltless because she has reacted the great age of 12 years! Fold your little ones to you, and teach them of these pitfalls, that they may not stumble and God help you to do it! But what of those little ones who haven’t this help? How are they to be protected? Shall they be abandoned because they haven’t this care at home? And how about the influence on your boys’ minds when they see how low an estimate is put upon virtue? Can they have a horror of sin when their own Stato sets so little value on virtue that if the victim be only 12 years old and has not fought against her ruin, the man who has accomplished it may be held sinless by a great State? Does your blood keep its normal temperature when you think of this? Men are not made for solving these problems. As proof of this, if a girl under 21 attempts to give away any piece of property save only her own body, she owned, the law would step in and say “you cannot do it.” And if any man or woman tried to persuade her to do it in an unlawful way he or she would be accountable to the law for it. How about this tor consistency? Won’t you help us to right this wrong? 4th. Physical Examination of all Public School Children. I wish I had time to tell you how many children have been maimed body and mind, through life, because of the ignorance on the part of their parents of some physical defect, which if it had been taken in time might have been cured. How many epidemics of diphtheria and other contagious diseases among the children might have been prevented if to begin with the school authorities had known that one of the children had the disease. You can see how easily all this can be true. When Dr. Sims, a fine eye specialist, took charge of the Blind Institute in Jackson he found it possible to cure, to restore the sight, of a large per cent, of those who came when they were still young. Won’t you help us with this? 5th. Making Women Eligible as State and County Superintendents of Education, on the School Boards, and on the Boards of Trustees of the Ele mosynary Institutions of the State. What is more in and of a woman’s place than in looking after children in every way? That is what we are made for. I would not have the school board entirely of women any more than I would have it entirely of men. We need both. We need the care of both mothers and fathers to have the best possible homes. And we need intelli gent women on our school boards as well as intelligent men. And in the Elemosynary Institutions there are women inmates, can men know their needs as well as women would? If we had women on those boards, do you think that when a poor ummiin loses hpr mind shp would hp seut to the insane hospital solely in the care of the sheriff or his deputy, and not have some woman along to care for her as she should be cared for? Men don’t think of those things, they can’t, they are absorbed in the big thrigs. Who can make $1.00 go as far as $2.00 best, a man or woman? Who has been trained in economizing in little things in order to do this, men or women? It would save the State many a dollar if there were a few women on the boards of trustees. Won’t you help up with this? 6th. Compulsory Education. To my mind this is one of the mont important objects, for several reasons: First, no man or woman who hasn’t a common school education, that is who has not been through a high school course, has a fair chance in life. After that if they are capable of using more, or the higher education, they will get it for themselves. The average age of a graduate in our high school is, I should think, about 18 or 19. What child under that age is wise enough to decide for himself or herself the most import ant thing in life? And how can par ents who are in many instances too ig noaant to know what a handicap ignor ance is, be entrusted with the duty of being the sole judge of whether their children shall grow up in the same ig r.orance, or shall take advantage of tl e education the State offers them? Is it not the duty of the State to step in and say. “My destiny lies in the hands of these my future citizens, and they shall not grow up in ignorance, for ignorance cannot do the best for any country!" We are feeling safe under our present Constitution, but I heard the sather of that Constitution Bay that oears would do away with the protection from ignorance given us by the “understand ing clause,” for the negro would learn to read it. And the danger was that, feeling safe under it, the white man might overlook the fact that it is nec essary for his childreu to advance in knowledge of everything it takes for the safety of a State, in order that they might evolve other methods as they are needed. Can ignorance evolve any good thing? I khow it is so in some counties, and I dare to say to each of you ask the Supt. of Education in your county which race has the lar gest per cent, of it’s children failing to take advantage of the schools furnished by the State, the white or the black? and the answer would be the white! Nearly every negro child goes to school nearest him all the time it is open. And all of us know the numbers of white children who go to school or not, just as it suits them or the selfish con venience of their families. The whole world is taking ignorance by the throat and throttling the life out of it; are we going to ue wining novc children more ignorant than the chil dren of the rest of the world? Some comparative statistics on the percentage of Ignorance in the States of this Union place Mississippi about 42 in the line. Are we proud of that showing? Won’t you help us te have the State see to it that every child within her borders takes an education? The men will do these things for our children if we but awaken to our duty and point it out to them. The Central Committee Lelieving in an all-wise, all-powerful, all-loving and merciful God, who will do all that He has promised to do, help His children in their efforts for the furtherance of His Hingdom, are asking the women all over the State to meet in one place in each town or neighborhood at four o'clock on the afternoon of Sunday, the elecenth of January, 1914, and pray for the success of these objects. Will you do this? And let us remember that God does not promise us anything but the land upon which the sole of our foot presses. We are to do all we can and then He’ll help us to accomplish. MRS. T. R. HENDERSON, (Lizzie George Henderson,) Chairman Central Committee Woman’s Organizations. i --- Helen Leigh and Frank Phelps in the Little Millionaire at the Comus, Friday Jan. 2. A Great Discovery G. W. 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