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Local Editorials

From our archives: Bill needed to protect working men’s health

What we thought: 100 years ago

Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following editorial appeared in the Telegraph on Jan. 29, 1913.

Printers favor

the Owen bill

In the January issue of the Typographical Journal under the heading “A measure printers should favor,” appears an editorial endorsement of the Owen bill. After outlining the purport of the bill, the editor says:

“As usual, the measure has encountered the opposition of certain interests.  To overcome this opposition and to effect the passage of the bill will require educational work and the cooperation of friends of the measure.”

The Typographical Journal recognizes the importance of this measure to the working man. Probably no other class would be so greatly benefited by any improvement in health conditions as would the competent, industrious members of the trade unions.

The man who makes his living by his own hands must have good health. It is his principal asset.

Any measure which improves health conditions is of direct personal interest to the working man, says the Journal of the American Medical Association.

If all other influences for health legislation were silenced, the labor unions of the country alone, if they fully understood its importance, would still demand that Congress pay at least as much attention to health, which is the capital of the laboring man, as it does to currency, banking, the tariff and the interstate commerce.

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No celebration of

St. Patrick’s Day

Because the feast

this year will come

in Holy Week

There will be no celebration on St. Patrick’s Day this year for the fourth time since 1800 and the last time in the 20th century.

Hibernians will be unable to celebrate the annual feast day of their native country, but they may content themselves with the thought that this will be the last time they or their descendants will have to forego the joy which should be theirs on March 17th.

It is all because the annual feast day comes on the second day of Holy Week, and the Catholic Church rules that all feasts shall be either postponed or canceled if they fall in the week before Easter.

There have been only three times in the past that the celebration on St. Patrick’s Day was suspended on account of Holy Week. They were in 1818, when Easter fell on March 22, the earliest date on which it can occur; [and] in 1845 and 1856, when it came on March 23, the same date as this year.

Calculators have figured Easter dates until the year 2000, but they found no other year in which Easter will come so early as to keep the Irishman from singing the praise of St. Patrick.

But the church does not forbid the wearing of green ribbon Holy Week, and it is expected yards of the national color will be worn.

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Ask pen sentence

for gun “toters”

A statewide

movement to

make carrying concealed


a felony

The local police have been asked to assist in a statewide movement which it is hoped will result in the passage of a law making it a felony to carry concealed weapons, instead of simply a misdemeanor punishable with a fine.

The police of all the cities in the state are backing the agitation.

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