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There's No More Human Law Than
the Mothers' Pension Law
There recently became operative In the
state Of Illinois a law that marks a
Kreater etrldo In the progress of humanity
than any legislation of recent year. It
Is a law pensioning; deserving poor
mothers with families.
When a mother is left a widow with
a brood of little children to support, and
the taak becomes too great for her
strength, it has been the custom for
kind-hearted but mlFguided' authorities
to take the csildren from her and put
them In a charitable institution. First
made fatherless, the. laws , make them
motherless as well, and they are brought
up In that brooding pen for little human
chickens known as an orphan asylum.
The state is taxed to maintain these in
stitutions. Illinois has originated the
plan of giving this tax direct to the
I This sane pension act allows a deserv
ing mother from 15 1o J10 a month for
every child in her care until it. reaches
the! age of self-support. Formerly the
j state paid this same sum to the county,
to be paid into some Juvenile court or
' orphans' home. The new way costs the
state no more, the mother's heart Isn't
bereft, and the children are not deprived
of a mother's influence.
No fault is found with the state chari
table Institutions; they have a place in
the work of humanity, and have filled it,
but no one will contend that a wooden
machine can take the place of a mother.
The machine may protect from the
etorms, but there is no warmth of love
Jn its protection; the employes in these
big brooding pens will bind up a wound
with every law of hygiene religiously ob
served, but there win be no kissing of
ore places to make them well; there is
none of the cuddling which children need
as much as they need oatmeal and flannel
Children are not all cut out by the same
lattern, as are so many shirts in a shirt
factory. No one can make rules that
apply to raising children as if they were
so many heads of cabbage. A farmer
knows that a car tain kind of Boil Is best
for all cabbage plants. lie doesn't put
one plant on the nouth side of the barn,
another on the north, another in rich
loam, and others In sandy places, lie
knows from experience that the soil best
for one Is best for all; that the cabbage
lias no individuality, no sou).
SILK FROM WASTE
Chemists have lately found new uses
for wood waste. tiawdut can be turned
into alcohol. It can also be made into
acetic acid, wood naphtha, oxalic acid
and pine oil. The latter named have been
la use some time. Sawdust from certain
trees, birch tx-lng one, can be turned into
a really pulatable sugar after undergoing
certain treatments lately discovered.
Vanilla can be extracted from wood
vastes now in the form of a white crys
tal powder. After certain processes wood
waste can be made Into vicose and after
that Into silk. It is taid that In Europe
five tons of this artificial llk are made
dally. And that the demand exceeds the
According to some professor who is
authority on wood waste and timber, the
following values are set on pine trees:
fine tree, per ton, 10; cut and stripped,
per ton, S15; boiled into pulp, per tun. 140,
bleached, per ton, lo5; turned Into vicose
and spun Into Hilli, it Is worth $5,000
Since wood waste has become plastic a:
clay to man there Is, Indeed, a great valut
to It. Chemistry has accompllnhed won
ders. The machines used to get the wood
waste In form to be used are a mlxlni
machine, molds and presses.
From sawdust a beautiful artificla
wood Is made. The wood gives every ar
pearance of being the real thing and li
finish outdoes ebony and mahornay. I
brauty Is surpasses the rosewood. To
procure this artificial wood the sawdust
Is bydraullcally pressed, held together
by soluble glass and glue water, or blooc
and potassium bichromate. Chicago
The state of IlllnoiB, In Its recognition
of the rights of the child, recognizes that
children are not like so many cabbage
plants. They must be trained by Bomc
one who understands the peculiar bent
of their minds, who knows their physical
and mental strength and weakness; some
one who realizes that some must be
nurtured on the soirth side all through
life, while others aro strong andisturdy
and can stand north, winds better, arid
the only person In the world who is fitted
to be the gardener of these little human
plants is their mother.
In many states where the children are
left with their mothers, the county hands
over so much coal every month, bo much
flour and so much bacon; and if any
graft attends the purchase of inferior
articles, the recipients of this charity
are the victims. Illinois gives the mother
the- money, and she spends it as she sees
best, and If there Is any creature on
eartlt better fitted to handle money than
a . wise and good mother the world has
never learned his or her name.
The statute books are filled with good
laws and poor ones, but there is no law
In any ntate more humane or possessing
a better understanding of human needs
than this new mothers pension law in
This, Too, Shall Pass Away
Ily KLLA WHKKLKH WIUX
Coyrlght, 1V11, by Amerlcan-Journal-Examlner.
A mighty monarch in the days of old
Made offer of high honor, wealth and gold
To one who should produce in form concise
A motto for his guidance, terBe and wlac
A precept, soothing in his hours forlorn,
Yet one that in his prosperous days would warn.
Many the maxima sent the king, men say,
The one he chose: "This, too, shall pass away."
Oh, jewel sentence from the mine of truth!
What riches it contains for ago and, youth.
No stately epic, measured and sublime,
So comforts, or so counsels, for all time
As these few words. Go write them on your heart.
And make them of your dally llfo a part.
Has some misfortune fallen to your lot?
This, too, will pass away absorb the thought.
And wait; your waltlnj? will not be In vain,
Time gilds with gold the iron links of pain.
The dark today leads into light tomorrow;
There is no endless joy, no endless sorrow.
Are you upon earth'a heights? No cloud In view?
Co read your motto once again: "This, too,
Phall pass away;" fame, glory, place and power.
They are but little baubles of the hour,
Flung by the ruthless years down In the dut.
Take warning, and bo worthy of God's trust.
le well your prowess while It lasts; leave bloom,
Not blight, to mark your footprints to the tomb.
The truest greatness lies in being kind,
The truest wisdom in a happy mind.
Ho who desponds, his Maker's judgment mocks?
The gloomy Christian Is a paradox.
Only the sunny bou! respects its God,
Since life is short, wo need to make it broad;
Since life is brief, we need to make it bright.
Then keep the old king's motto well in sight,
And let its meaning permeate each day.
Whatever comes, "This, too, shall pass away."
Practice In England of the art of mak
ing and cleaning teeth was in 1703 In the
hands of silversmiths or jewelers.
It Is chronicled by Herodotus that the
ancient Egyptians practiced the profes
sion of treating teeth and replacing
Dentistry was introduced Into the
United States by Le Mair of the French
forces that joined the patriot army during
JqIlb Creenwood established the ftrtt
dental office at New York City in 1788.
In 1780 he carved in Ivory an entire set
of teeth for President Washington.
Works written in the second century by
Claudius Galen, a physician of antiquity
born In Asia Minor, contain the earliest
treatise upon the subject of dentistry.
The laws of the Twelve Tables, in 4."1
H. C, provided that where " teeth bound
with gold" were found It was lawful to
bury or burn the gold with the body of
the doceaaed person.
At the age of SO Nunei, born in Val
ladolld in 1470, engaged In making a col
lection of Spanish proverbs, with explana
tions. ! ,, ;
At a recent land show Madison
8'iuare garden a dally lecture illustrated
with moving pictures, was given by Mr.
Henry O. Parsons.
It was a wonder
ful sight to see how
love and labor
places In a great
city and made them
blossom with de
light. At first the child
i en looked with
suspicion on what
was to be done.
Wlion the hoes,
spades, rakes and
watering pots be
gan to arrive the
grim little faces re
laxed, and oon you
you could almost
hear the smiles.
Girls and boys alike
entered upon the
tasks with glee. And always they were
so reverent and careful of the growing
Besides the actual gardening, there was
a great educational byproduct in teaching
children to respect and care for property.
Mrs. Parsons and her son have the grati
tude of the world for their practical com
mon sense work In school gardens. And
It Is good to see that the New York Board
of Education are upholding them In this
enterprise that makes for beauty, bappl
By Nell Brinkley
Wert a Heedla.
Who hearkens to the gods, the god
Ill words are bellows to a alackenin
Places do not ennoble men. but mei
make places illustrious.
Imputation 1 what men and wuine:
think of ua. Character Is what Uod ana
'I angels know of us
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City boys take more kindly to the busU.
ness cf farming than country lads. The
reason farmer boys sometimes hate the
farm and are filled with the desire to get .
away from It Is because they have hud a
double dose of tho farm. Too much of
anything is bad.
But Indoor school work and farming",
should go hand In hand, and I believe tho'
time will come when agriculture will bo
taught In all public schools.
Food in tho primal need. We get our
living out of the soil, and no man can be
healthy, happy or wise who Is separated
long from mother earth.
The child will dig In the sand before he
can talk and find satisfaction In the.
exercise. And a knowledge of the soil and
of the things It will produce when rightly
manipulated Is tho foundation for sanliy
and efficiency In every walk of life. In
fact, man Is the product of the soli.
My business Is writing. I can do several
other things. But the thing I got the most
joy out of Is this Cadmean game of ex
pressing my thoughts in words. And
constantly I find that my knowlodga
gained on the farm of trees. Doultrv..
flowers, horses, oaltle. swine, noultrv.-
guinea liens, guinea pigs, frogs, polly
wogs, poultry, bees and butterfll. forms
a valuable addition to my Vocabulary.
All nature, says Emerson. Is for symbol,
and suggestion. Everything we see should
remind us of something else, and without
for an Instant sotting myself up as a
pedagogic pattern, 1 still maintain that'
no man can be considered an educated
man who la not . on good terma win..
mother earth and with all the wonderful
things that creep, crawl, run, climb, bur-.
row, swim and fly.
The Improvement which this aehnol k.
made In teaching, over the philosophy of
Swltserland and Germany, lies in th t ..
that it holds all school teaching should be
The boy is not merely irettlne- readv tn
live. He Is living now: 1m Is making i,i.
self useful; lie Is doing nomnhimr r,.
And this Is the first. last and one
lesson wo must all leurn-that success!
Ilea In doing something for nmi.,ix- ,
We can only help ourselves as w h.ii.
other people. Nonproductive effort fitet-"
ting ready to do something useful) ten'tf
nearly as good as to be useful right now.
ai inieriuKen tlie boy Is not waited
and cared for he cares for himself.
TRIED TO BE SOCIABLE
When the celebrated "GopenJuvKajn, Jack-
eon" was British minister In Anvetioa be
resided in New York and occupied a.
house In Broadway. A wag named Nell,'
one night at a late hour, In company with
a bevy of rough rldtrs, while passing,
tho house, noticed it wus brilliantly il
luminated and that several carriages were
waiting at the door.
"Hello!" ald our wag. "What's going
on at Jackson's?" ,
One of the number remarked that Jack
son had a party that evening. '
"What?" exclaimed Neil. "Jackson
have a party and I not invited? I must
see to that!"
Ho, stepping up to the door, he gav a
ring which toon brought out the servantf
i want to see mo liruish minister,"
"You must cull some other evening,'
said the servant, "for he Is now engaged
In a game of whist and must not be din-
"Uon't talk to me that way," said Nell,'
"but go directly and tell the British,
minister that I must see him immediately
on speclul business." '
The servant obeyed and delivered hU
message In so Impressive a style ai tot
bring Mr. Juckson to the door forthwith.
"Well," said Mr. Jackson, "what can be
your business at this time of night which;
Is so very urgent?"
"Are you Mr. Jackson?"
"Yes. sir, I am Mr. Jackson, the British)
"You have a purty here tonight, I see,
"Ves. sir. I have a party."
"A large party, I presume?"
"Ves, Blr, a large party." ,
"Playing wlilsl, I understand?"'
"Yes, sir, playlntr whist."
"Oh, well," said Neil, "as I was pass
ing I merely called to inquire what's
trump." New York Times.
Never To Ola.
Huxley was t0 when he began to study
John Kemble wrote out "Hamlet" thirty
times, and suid on quitting the stage. i
.mi now beginning to unJci stand my art."
Sir Walter Scoit resumed his pen ut 65
to redeem an enori.-io U liability. For a
Minilar reason, but nt a n.ore advanced
uk. Mark Twain renew 1 Ut Vtwef
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