employment under this act, or stood under the general law. This woman is young, said Judge King, under thirty years of age, and is disfigured for life. She is deprived of the chances of marriage, and of working with other persons without comment. He knew of only one other case as painful, and that was where an employe of the railways company was caught in electric wires and cremated before the eyes of his wife and children. He was firmly convinced a judgment of $10,000 should be given."
At no time have more new issues or reforms been discussed. In a recent message to the Massachusetts Legislature, Gov. McCall states that,--"the sickness of workingmen, with the consequent expense of medical treatment and loss of pay, is responsible for more than six times the amount of dependency caused by industrial accidents.--I recommend that you establish a compulsory system of insurance, with a reasonable benefit during the period of sickness, and that the system be made to include members of the family, as is done in many of the German funds."
It is gratifying to report that the Maginnis Cotton Mills have instituted a bonus and welfare system for their employes along the lines proposed by the Massachusetts Governor. The plan consists of the employment of a trained nurse to look after the health of the operatives; to visit their homes during their illness or that of any member of the family. In case of serious sickness, provision is made for all employes to be treated in the pay wards of the Touro Infirmary. Full pay will be given for twenty weeks while sick, and longer if the committee deems it necessary, and one hundred dollars will be paid to the family of any employe who dies. The dues for all these benefits are only fifty cents per month.
The installation of a dental clinic in the Lane Cotton Mills is highly commended. The payment of five cents per week by each of the operatives gives them the privilege of this clinic, without loss of wages for the time taken to have the work done.
The number of persons whose health and efficiency are to some degree impaired by faulty teeth is undoubtedly very large. According to one authority,--"teaching the American people how to care for their teeth is now recognized by the U. S. Public Health Service as one of the greatest of public health problems.
The Cumberland Telephone Company, and many of the department stores have formed associations with insurance benefits for their employes.
Louisiana as a state is very backward in doing anything for the weal of the many wage earners. Twenty-one states have enacted mother's pension laws for the support of children whose fathers are dead, in prison, or physically incapacitated. The laws differ some in form and application. The mothers pension law is considered one of the best investments of this progressive and altruistic age. If the states provide means whereby mothers may continue their occupation as home makers and guardians of their children, and adopt and enforce minimum wage laws for the young woman entering the business world, many of the social problems confronting the public today will be solved.