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REV. PURLEY A. BAKER GENERAL SUPERINTENDENT OF THE ANTI-SALOON LEAGUE OF AMERICA, WHICH IN THE LAST TWELVE YEARS HAS MADE NEARLY THREE FOURTHS OF THE AREA OF THE UNITED STATES PROHIBITION TERRITORY AND HAS PUT MORE THAN HALF THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTRY OUTSIDE THE INFLUENCE OF SALOONS
[See Page 703) MR. MILTON ABORN DIRECTOR OF THE CENTURY OPERA COMPANY WHICH, WITH THE AID OF SUBSCRIPTIONS OF THE CITY CLUB AND OF PRIVATE CITIZENS OF NEW YORK, IS GIVING A SEASON OF GRAND OPERA IN ENGLISH AT POPULAR PRICES
Copyright by Harris & Ewing MR. HENRY E. MILES PRESIDENT OF THE WISCONSIN BOARD OF INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION WHICH HAS STARTED VOCATIONAL CONTINUATION SCHOOLS THAT ARE TRAINING 25,000 BOYS AND GIRLS WHOM THE REGULAR DAY SCHOOLS DO NOT REACH
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Copyright, 1913, by Brown Bros., New York MR. JOSEPH JOHNSON FIRE COMMISSIONER OF NEW YORK CITY, WHO DISCOVERED THAT AT LEAST ONE FOURTH OF NEW YORK'S YEARLY FIRE LOSS OF 9 MILLION DOLLARS WAS CAUSED BY INCENDIARIES, AND WHO REDUCED THIS LOSS APPROXIMATELY 50 PER CENT. BY A CAMPAIGN OF FIRE PREVENTION THROUGH INSPECTION AND PUBLICITY [See "The March of Events")
“SWIFT AND CHEAP JUSTICE” several years before even the “reformers”
had hit upon them. One of his earliest N THIS issue the World's Work be- cases was that of a man who had been gins the publication of a notable series badly injured in a foundry explosion.
of articles on “Swift and Cheap Jus- Mr. Alger lost this case; the old principle tice," by Mr. George W. Alger, of the of "fellow servant" and "contributory New York Bar. In the last few years negligence" defeated him. This case, there has been a good deal of wild and however, was the incident that made Mr. undiscriminating criticism of American Alger the indefatigable investigator of courts. We have learned, with much judicial absurdities and general social particularity of detail, that our American anachronisms. Though he
he was only courts, like nearly all our other social and
twenty-six years old and legally inexpolitical institutions, are a disgrace to the perienced, he spent his evenings drafting Nation. They have been described as the an employers' liability law, and, when he ultimate resort of “privilege” – the “last had finished his labors, he offered his enemy" to be overcome. A considerable measure to the politicians at Albany. amount of this agitation has unques- For several succeeding years, the legistionably been badly informed sensation- lators used to find considerable amusement alism; yet our judicial system does call in listening to Mr. Alger arguing for his for reformation. Public opinion is now liability law with many of the "leaders" focussing on these tribunals as it has on so of the New York Bar speaking on the other many other weak spots in the national side. In time, however, public opinon organization; and nearly all leaders in caught up with Mr. Alger, with the result American thought — men like Mr. Theo- that the present Employers' Liabilty Act dore Roosevelt, Mr. William H. Taft, of New York State is his work a Attorney-General McReynolds, Mr. Frank measure which Mr. Alger now regards as B. Kellogg, Mr. Joseph H. Choate, and unsatisfactory but which, at the time it Mr. Elihu Root - are taking the lead in was passed, represented a remarkable the readjustment of our legal system. forward step on the subject for New
For this reason a clear, dispassionate, York. In furtherance of his reform, Mr. and well-informed description of our courts, Alger wrote a law textbook on this New their failings and their virtues, with partic- York law which has gone through two ular emphasis laid upon the essential editions and is the standard authority remedies, is a genuine public service. in that state. There is probably no man in the United Ten years ago Mr. Alger became chairStates better equipped for this task than man of the legislative committee of the Mr. Alger. Mr. Alger has studied the Child Labor Committee of New York, and courts minutely; he approaches them with he has personally drawn a great part of the viewpoint of a man who has no respect the bills by which that committee has for old things simply because they are old; improved conditions in that state. He and, most important in a writer dealing also drafted the existing law in New with a subject so technical as this, he has York requiring the payment of the prean exceedingly attractive and illuminating vailing rate of wages in public contracts. literary style.
He has served on the Law Reform ComIn his own quiet way Mr. Alger has mittee of the State Bar Association; is wielded a great influence in recent years one of the organizers of the County in stimulating the popular mind in the Lawyers Association in New York City, new ways of thinking. The very title and a member of its committee on legislaof his latest book, “The Old Law and the tion, and is a director of the Legal Aid SociNew Order," sufficiently indicates the ety and of the Committee of Fourteen attitude with which he approaches all in New York for the suppression of the social questions. It has been his peculiar Raines Law hotels. genius to detect particular faults in the body Mr. Alger's writings, however, have politic and to suggest essential reforms especially brought him into public notice.