Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, January 28, 1912, EDITORIAL, Image 11

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.EGIXXING this afternoon at 3 o'clock
with a public mass meeting at the
Boyd theater, the fourteenth annual
session of the Nebraska Conference
of Charities and Correction will
open In Omaha. It will continue
through Monday and Tuesday, with '
"morning, afternoon and "evening sessions, and all
'persona Interested may attend any or all sessions.
The different meetings of Monday and Tuesday
will be held at the Hotel Rome at 9 a. m. and 2
and 7:45 p. m.
The officers of the conference have been able
to secure the presence in Omaha for these meet
ings of some of the most noted workers in this
country along sociological lines. Chief of these
is Very Rev. Walter T. Sumner, dean of the Epis
copal cathedral of S3. Peter and Paul, Chicago.
Dean Sumner is chairman of the famous "Vice
Commission" of Chicago and is also superin
tendent of. city missions. As chairman of the Vice
commission he, had the practical direction of a,
large corps of workers who went through the Chi
cago slums earnestly and systematically and pro
duced an array of facts as to the prevalence of
graft and the ramifications of the social evil that
held the shocked attention of the country for a
time. He is intimately familiar with the social
problems engaging public attention today, from
first-hand knowledge, and has the reputation of
being a most eloquent and interesting platform
speaker. At the meeting tbia afternoon Dean
Sumner will have for his theme, "The Child In In
dustry the Nation's Mortgage on Futurity." At
the morning session Monday he will discuss "Some
Aspects of Social and Civic Progress.'' Monday
evening he is on the program for an address on
"The Attitude of Society Toward the Social Evil."
Two of the leading women workers of Chi
cago's uplift brigade are coming with Dean Sum
ner. One of them is Mrs. Gertrude Howe Britton, in
'wham Nebraska people will feel a particular in
terest. She Is a daughter of Mrs. James Howe of
Omaha and a sister of Robert Howe, manager of
the Armour plant. The other is Miss Julia C.
Lathrop, president of the Illinois Society for Mentsl
Hygiene and vice president of the' Chicago School
of Civics and Philanthropy. Mrs. Britton is presi
dent of the Juvenile Protective League of Chicago
and had charge of the dance hall investigation
under the Vice commission. Both women are resi
dents of Hull House and trusted lieutenants of
Jane Addams in her great crusade. Dr. D. E.
Jenkins, president of the conference, feels that
those who attend the sessions will be afforded
large opportunity for social education In meeting
and hearing these Chicago women, in connection
with the addresses of Dean Sumner.
Both Miss Lathrop and Mrs. Britton were on the
committee of Hull House workers which on last
Monday heard from her own lips the story of
15-year-bld Violet Buehler, recently found In New
York after being deceived and running away from
home. Her disappearance several months ago en
gaged the atention of the police and detective de
partments of every city In the United States, and
she waa finally round working as a nurse girl In
New York City, although a putative heiress to a
large fortune. The inside facts of Violet Buehler's
story will very likely be told at the Omaha eon
erence. J. M. Hanson, general secretary of the Charity
Organization society of Youngstown, O., has
achieved a widespread reputation as a student of
social problems, especially on the line of his own
work. He will deliver two addresses, Monday
afternoon on "Philanthropy and Five Per Cent
the Solution of the Housing Problem," and Monday
evening he discusses "Character-Building Charity."
The meeting this afternoon will be opened
with music by the Omaha High School Glee club
and Bishop Williams will offer prayer. There will
be but tao addretses, by Dean Sumner and Miss '
Lathrop. At the conclusion of the latter "Amer-
lea" will us sung. Immediately following there
will be a social service rally of the Men and Re
ligion Forward movement.
Monday morning, after the registration of del
egates at the Rome, the opening business session
of the conference will be held, and Dr. Jenkins
Is to deliver the annual address. Miss Nan Doner,
well known in Omaha, is to discuss "The Educa
tional Value of the Tuberculosis Dispensary."
At this session Rabbi Frederick Cobn of Temple
Israel is. to talk on "The Social Evil In Nebraska."
As is known to Omaha and Nebraska people.
Rabbi Conn has very decided views on this ques
tion, the correct solution of which is subject or
thought and discussion by civic leaders and societies
all over the country.
At the afternoon session Dr. George Mogridgc,
superintendent of the Iowa School for Feeble
Minded Yoath, will make an address on "Central
ized ' Administrative Control In Iowa." As this
method of control of state Institutions is to be a
live topic of discussion in Nebraska during the
coming campaign and in the following legislative
session, Dr. Mogrldge's story of the working of
the plan In Iowa will be a timely contribution. "
On the same topic two other addresses will
follow by State Senator John E. Mi'Ier of Lincoln
and Rev. Joseph Reusing of West Point. Senstor
Miller's, subject is, "The Fending Amendment of
the Nebraska State Constitution," and Father
Reusing will discuss "Nebraska's Need of Im
proved Administration in Philanthropy."
At this Monday afternoon session, too, a
lively discussion Is to be looked far on the housing
problem in. its relation to effective administration
of charity funds:' The subject will be opened by.
an address from J.' MAHanson of Youngstown, O.
' Superintendent F.'W. Booth sad a class from
the Nebraska School for the Deaf will bold the plat- '
form at the opening of the Tuesday morning see-'
slon. Mr. Booth will mako an address concerning .
the oral method of teaching the dear child 'and
the class will give an exhibition of how the work
Is done In school.
Bishop George A. Beecher is on the program
Tuesday morning to talk on "Prison Reform iu
Nebraska," and Judge Lincoln Frost of Lincoln
will .follow with an address on "The Paroled
Prisoner." 'The discussion of these papers will
be led by J A. Leavitt and M. A. Bullock.
Another . topic of live Interest at this time,
especially In Nebraska, la tbat touching work
men's compensation during lay-offs occasioned by
accident, and workmen's Insurance. Labor Com
missioner Louis V. Guye will read a paper on the '
subject, and all who care to may take part in tbe
A business meeting of conference members will -open
the Tuesday afternoon session, at which offi
cers for the ensuing year will be elected. At the
conclusion of tbe business meeting Miss Margaret
Guthrie of the University of Omaha will present
a paper on "Wider Use of the School Plant," a
subject at this moment engaging earnest thought
In Omaha and other cities. This, too, will be open
to discussion and Is expected to be tbe occasion
of some interesting talk.
Superintendent E. V. Graff of the Omaha
schools will give his views on "Tbe Work of the
Continuation School in America" at the Tuesday
afternoon session, and this will be followed by an
address from Prof. J. R. Fulk of Seward on "The
Moving Picture Show in Relation to Education and
Morals." with discussion to follow.
Child life and child labor will be tbe subjects
for. consideration at-the concluding session of the
' conference Tuesday evening. The child labor com
mlttee of Nebraska, wbiih Is affiliated with the
national '"organization, w ill hold Its annual meeting
following a luncheon at the Rome Tuesday noon,
and this meeting is expected to bring to Omaha
all members, as well, as many other men and
, women Interested in the welfare of children. In
the evening the meeting will be opened with music
by the Young Men's Christian Association Glee
club. Mrs. Britton Is first on tbe program, to out
line the purposes and tell of the work of the
Juvenile Protective League of Chleago, a branch of
Hull House activities. John J. Ryder, secretary
of the Nebraska committee, will follow with an
address on the status of child workers in Nebraska,
.and then will come up a matter that Is expected to
be subject for a most interesting debate. At the
last annual convention, of the Nebraska State
Teachers' association tbe following resolution was
adopted: v
"We believe that the provision of our present
child labor law which forbids any child under the
age of 14 years from working at a gainful occupa
tion during tbe time when the schools are not in
session is baneful in its effects, because it forces
the child di.rlng the vacations to a lire or idleness t
in the street and In the alley. We recommend
that the legislative committee of this association
be urged to use Its influence to have the law ao
modified that tbe healthy child will be permitted
to work during vacations at such pursuits aa will
'not harmfully affect the physical, Intellectnal or
moral welfare."
Following are the officers and executive commit
tee of the conference: President, Rer. D.
E. Jenkins. Omaha; first vice president. Mrs.
Drsper Smith, Omaha; second vice president, A. L.
Weatherly, Lincoln; secretary, Ida V. Jontx,
Omaha: treasurer, Esther A. Johnson. Omaha.
Executive Committee Senator J. E. Miller. Lin
coln; C. B. Manuel, Kearney; Leo Hoffman '
Omaha; E. L. King, Osceola; E. D, Gepson, Omaha, j