The Pittsburg Enterprise (Pittsburg, Okla.), Vol. 6, No. 7, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 17, 1910 Page: 2 of 8
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By G. WELLESLEY IYRABBIT
By P. EVAN JONES
in hoarding; houses ami family hotels, I wish to ask if it is
unreasonable I" expect a clean room ami fowl that is at least
wholesome? The average Chicago hoarding house and small
hotel prices range from $8 to $‘*0 a week. I, and no doubt
scores of others, timl it dillicult to secure room and board (pay-
ing 1*8 and 1*10 a week i that one can stand for snv length of
In many eases the rooms are dirty and the dining room
in the same condition. Any protest made to the landlady
or landlord has no effect whatever and one is merely deemed ‘'very hard
to please and unreasonable.”
At the rate of $8 or $10 a week I do not, expect luxuries or want
them; but it does seem to nu that tlio-e figures should rutille one to clean
and wholesome food at least.
Chicago is in great need of well-kept boarding hnu.-c.-. Ii i.< full of
boarding houses now, such ns they are, but too few are lit to live in.
The working men and women require nourishing
food and a clean room, no matter how small. How
ninny of them are getting these things? How many
are paying out their money week by week for cheap
canned goods, poor bread, weak coffee and a room that
is filthy? In the name of uUVring humanity, won't
more good women rl in the hoarding house business
willing to give pin o, well-rooked food and plain, clean
rooms at (lie prices I have mentioned? Such women
would reap a harvest in lliis big city.
K FOl’HID (lie sale of opium Iml allow an unrestricted trade
in blood-curdling outlaw stories in which the law nearly alway's
is depicted as an oppre -ive institution to be defied or evaded
and where those who break the law are extolled as herotfs. In
a mi nt bank rubbery the president and cashier were shot down
and the youllilul robber, unable to escape, committed suicide.
Mis companion ot 15 years related how the dead young robber
never was without a robber story and that “Tracy the Bandit”
was his idol. I lie same enthusiasm diverted into a more wor-
thy channel might have made a hero out of him who now fills
grave. Many parents who would lie horrified to see their boys
at all with persons of low character allow them to asso-
ciate with such characters under the cover of books.
I’arenls forget that from the perverted admira-
tion of such heroes lo fhe emulation of their deed>
is but a step. • Since so many parents neglect the
supervision of tluir children in this respect and
the public i- the sufferer in the end, it devolves upon
society as a matter of self-protection lo suppress the
sale ol such pernicious literature. Ii seems inconsist-
ent to liaug a body of men for preaching anarchy to
adults, who are supposed to know better, and oil flic
other hand to allow the broadcast dissemination of
similar ideas stupefying the moral perception of our
youth. It is a noteworthy fact that most of the mur- I
dels, highway robberies and other atrocious crimes, the I
relating of which tills our newspapers. nr> c ommitted
by persons of youth and vigor.
By W B STELLINGS
Stoker ol Norlhlirld, Nino.
The farmers of tile northwest are get-
ting lo he the plutocrats of the nation.
I know of a small village in our statu
with (wo banks that, have deposits of over I
$1,000,000, the hulk of which was put in
by (lie farmers of the neighborhood. The
tiller of the soil reads in his daily paper
of tlm kicking of city people over the high
cost of living and smiles as lie reflects that,
after long years of waiting for better
prices, he has at last come into his own.
lie remembers the time when bo couldn’t
get ca'li for his produce and bail to ex-
change bis butter, eggs and poultry for the
things he wanted at the store, lie lias seen his stuff go up 50 per tent,
in value and he is serene in the belief that the day of low prices for farm
products will never return.
But the farmer has his troubles, too, and lie is not getting all the fat
by « jugful. Ifc has to pay a great deal more for supplies and labor is
high priced and very scarce. Boys and girls do not like country life and
are rushing to the cities.
There is also (he middleman to be considered, lie is between the
producer and the consumer and lie is soaking the public good and hard.
There should be more producers ami fewer middle men. As to the exor-
bitant prices of eggs and butter, of which the nation is complaining, the
real sinners ore the lag packing houses. These concerns, not satisfied with
controlling the meat situation, are striving for further advantage. They
have their agents buy up vast quantities of eggs in the summer, win n they
are cheap, put them in their storage plant-, claim a shortage and sell later
at their own price.
By COL. L 0. LATHAM
•I Si. L«uU
One curious thing about dm average
victim of the fraudulent wiles of pseudo-
religious sharpers and fake spiritualists is
that he is unwilling to be convinced that!
ho has been fleeced out of his money by
rascals and impostors.
1 was drawn into a case onec where a
rich widow had been hypnotized by a hand
of clever swindlers. They posed as medi-
ums and (heir regular stunt was to produce
the lady’s deceased husband. They caused
his figure to appear i a weird phosphor-
escent light at every seance and topped
this off by having the departed tell his |
relict to turn over from $5,000 to $10,00(3 to the perpetrators of the fraud.
This she did gladly through her veneration of the dead man and when 1
got into the affair she had put into their ghoulish hands nearly all of a
fortune of $100,000 that had been left her. It was with the utmost diffi-
culty 1 could succeed in getting her i<> take my advice and rcfu-i any
further demands made by tin -so thoroughly had she fallen under
The last $10,000 remaining to her she was going to give them to
erect a temple iii accordance with her husband’s wishes. Thereupon I
took vigorous steps, and the rascals, being put, under arrest, were made
to give up a large percentage of their ill-gotten wealth. Almost to the
very last the woman l sought to protect resented iny action and it was
i long Hum hefort -he got in a^nemlly and grateful frame of mind.
XPKNSES of living are inordinately high, but this is in tie
case of most of our people a condition that can be easily reme-
died by themselves.
It is hardly to be expelled that congressional investiga-
tion or the formation of anti-food monopoly associations will
do much to lower the cost of the necessities of life, lliat the
trusts are organized to raise prices may he true, but to reach
them in any effective way by law i- a different problem. What
can bo done, though, in a practical w ay by the heads of house-
holds to cut down living expenses, is very considerable ami if
generally adopted will bring about a decided lowering of prices
Hi re is an instance: The choice cuts of meats, like porterhouse steaks,
or fancy lamb chops are bringing an absurd price, say ”8 to 30 cents 8
pound. The average family can’t afford them, but many will continue to
Imy, ignoring the fact that the plebeian round steak is almost as good, if
properly cooked, and quite as nutritious, while its cost is less by 33 1-3
per cent. It is a common saying that Europeans can live on what Ameri-
cans waste, and I know there is much truth in the statement. Our people
in the days of u more plentiful and cheap food supply acquired wasteful
and extravagant habits; really good stuff was thrown into the refuse cans.
_ instead of being utilized for future meals. Now wi
have reached the point where some of this inferior
material must be put upon the table.
Better modes of looking will make it palatabb
mid acceptable. If the public will, by a common move-
ment, sternly set its face against the purchase of all
in a high priced products and not disdain the cheaper
grades it will do more to bring domestic expenses
down to a reasonable basis than all the legislation
that Washington can manufacture.
By W. E. THOMAS
By S. V. 17.1'KIELIAN, M. D
There arc, to tin mind, deep and really
vital reasons why children should not be
allowed to associate with pet pigs, puppies,
kittens and the like. \Yc are more or less
familiar with the fact that husband and
wife grow to look like each other as they
grow older in their marital relationship
and manifest more or less each other’s
traits and peculiarities. This fact, 1 take
it, is due to their intimate relationship.
I here can be no doubt (hat some similar
interchange of vital forces does take place
between children and their pets, as the
result of their constant companionship.
In fact, it requires no stretch of imagination for an observer to delect dm
very feature of a master or mistress rclloeled in tIn countenance of a
much petted domestic animal. So .( seems |.. nm ilint (her. is n -crious
ground lor the fear that the pettm porci:m- may impart .......tiling not
only of tlmir had habits but also of their ugly features to those who are
closely sssot iated with them. I he-e premises admitted, it might he
pointed out that the problem assumes a more serious aspect when it eoiims
to the raising of typical children and the building tip of ideal familc -
and It should greatly interest the -lad. ids of psycho!,particular
and Hie people in general.
By PHILO CHEERY BLE
a great many middle-aged
men and women whose earning capaeitv is
reduced or wholly lost, but whose experi-j
cnee and knowledge of life are of the ut-
most value. This precious material is now
lo-t to the city, through lack of organiza-
tion; mice organized, ways without tntm-
ber sugge-t themselves for usefulness.
Again, in many of the busy manufac-
turing centers there is no place where the
woikimui can get food that does not pan-
der to or create a thirst for drink. Cheap
eating houses supplying wholesome, nour-
i-liing food at low cost would lo s boon
and yield a profit. Midi euiing houses, moreover, in the congested dis-
tricts, would lessen (ho temptation to make the lunch off beer and pep-
J hat the necessity exists for -adi an organization and thar middle-
aged people are best fitted for the work is borne in upon me strongly by
my experience both among degenerates and the officials into whose hands
Jf some way can be found to institute such a body I feel sure that
funds and workers will materialize rapidly.
By FRANK H. MADISON
Industrial chemistrv now lia.- a fixed
place ill tlm educational institutions of tho
I nitcil Stales and even is firmly estab-
lished in ninny rural schools, especially
I hose of Illinois. Nearly every large fac-
tory, (“specially of those recognized food!
products which it wishes to gain a perma-1
unit plan in the home, is willing to fur-
nish exhibit- free lor transportation I
Sample eases of cocoa, chocolate, coffee, I
Hour, hitakla-t tood-, with specimens, each i
mi it labeled jar, showing tlm transition!
I rout the raw to the lini.-hed product, are
■ nt upon application and are adverti.-ed in the educational journals, j
These eases are made lo hang open on the walls of the schoolrooms and'
most of them an singularly free of mlveni-ing matter. Shoe manufac-
turers show tin stages of shoe construction, lead pencil manufacturers
outline the processes through which a perfect pencil must pass and even
printing firm- -end itmompb ted and pet betid proof- of color work.
Materials from all over the globe are arriving for the exhibits which
Walt Mason's dissertation upon “Tin
Passion for Junk" recalls to my memory
an actual character w ho is possessed of the
habit of collecting junk, lie is an under
official in one of the largest manufactories
in the west. He is a man of means and it
is needless to -ay that his mania for col-
lecting old iron is not one of necessity.
But whether it he at his place of employ-
ment nr on the highway this man cannol
resist the temptation to stoop, pick up.
pocket and carry home stray Hits of old
iron. A peculiar feature about the man's
collecting is that lie never takes large
pieces, confining himself entirely to nuts and bolts, washers and other
Like trinkets. Several times his employers have asked him why he gath-
ers this vast collection of rolling-mill products. Ilis response always was
that he did not know, hut that he could not resist the impulse to pick up
tiie articles. Even a threat of dis ’ '"’MWHMHBtirc him of his mania.
He is n man of education and breeding and it has been told of him that
when passing through the streets in evening dies- he lias filled the pockel-
of his “claw-lmmmer” with his finds.
Naturally his employers grew curious to learn what disposition vva-
] made of the old iron and a visit was paid to the man’s home for that
! purpose. What they beheld was amazing. In the hear of his lot, in a
! monster barn, were piled high, clear to the ceiling, tons of old iron. When
again questioned ns to what disposition he intended to make of the iron
he replied: “I really do not know. But I suppose that I shall go on col-
lecting until I am no more."
1 he city of Washington was rcccnilv
up against the problem of selecting an in-
spector of markets and among the oilier
qualifications demanded was a keen sense
of smell, this being necosarv in order that
the inspector might readily locate meal-
ami other produce a little past their prime.
As to whether nr not there was a competi-
tive examination the authorities are darkh
Silent, hut if there was it mu.-f have been
Keen noses insure a fairly good living
m several industries and trades. Scent
imiiM-t-, tor isample, need some one with
aid tliriii in mixing iho ingredients of per-
tumes in proper proportions, exact measurements not always yielding He
By GEORGE MOULTON
a delimit; sen.se of smell l<
same results. The favorite perfume of the queen of England is a violet
extract, which costs $50 per ouim and this has to be approved by five
., to forward it to
the (ountrv, main; I’m i urer- of lie slate as well as students nt the school I " ' '' "'•l' '1'' I'(I11"" ma-.i- pay t.ieir smeller- $gi) to $35 a week,
will Ik unlit hv it. Many „f ,|u industries, notably mining projects, have! ia!"'"' 'V"'*1' ,,sed.for stlv,'( 1'ghting, for illu-
in the siereopticon.
tin i'Diversity of Illinois i- acquiring. As this, it is expected, will bo .
tie' largest Mid in aicst complete i my industrial chemistry museum in’ J""1'” 1 ' 1"inker- are willing
supplied slides for li-
Nobody knows what the real population
of Mexico is, for no trustworthy census!
has ever been taken in that country.
But during the present year an accu-1
rate and comprehensive census, following
closely dm system used by the I'nited
Males government, w ill he taken, and then
we will havi a very fair idea of the num-
ber of inhabitants in the sister republic.
Cotton produdetiou is in its infancy in
Mexico. This year about 100,000 bales
were grown in the Laguna district, every
one of which was bought for consumption
in native factories. Ttwi demand was
greater than tin local supply and the mills imported many thousands of!
bah - from the I'nited State-. It pays to tnaki cotton down there, ns it
comniniids a higher prii. than in this country, the average figures of the
present season Hung 35 cents a pound, or 1!1 L. icuts in American money.
Ill times past, before manufactures were established, the natives
were too poor to buy cloth to any extent, hut tlm country i- improving
,o fast that even the poorest pens can afford an extra shirt, and hence
die good outlook for an enlarged tuarket for cotton fabrics.
B, ). J. DURAND
•I Me&ico Cily
initiating public building- ...... pleasure narks, the contractors employ
“smellers to locate leaks, these men spoiling about after the manner of
i “ l,,r<1 ,loS in a lik,’b' lii’1'1- They are usually paid one shilling for each
leak reported and some of them make as high as $15 per week.
The superintendent of Chicago public-
schools, Mrs. Voting, orders that school
4 ‘ "ildreii he asked to feed the birds. Why
1 in,'l",1>' i'» this commendable charitv
other dumb brutes as well? \VC gw, lnum
shivering, half-starved dogs, roaming the
streets this cold weather, with (heir pa-
thetic eyes seemiiig to bog for human sym-
pathy and food. Also stray eats at your
door find it hard to live in winter. Win
not educate the children to take an inter-
est in man's faithful friend, the horse? ]f
they see a poor horse standing uublanketed
in the cold, let them request the owner or
driver lo blanket him. Or let them take the trouble t' turn n horse’s
head away from the street-ear tracks. 1 have seen many horses narrowlv
escape being struck by street ears through owners* earlessness. Or teach
tho children to report eases of brutality er overloading. If the ehildre:
were taught this in the schools there would be a crusade started in Chi-
es£o that would soon result in better conditions for these dumb brutes.
By ELSIE NICHOLS
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