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GOMPERS WILL FIGHT TO STOP j CHILD LABOR! Form New Association to Secure ; Congressional Action. CONDEMNS CONDITIONS Changs in Constitution May Be Necessary to Get Laws That Will Protect American Childhood After Supreme Court'i Becent Ruling. Washington, June 1. ( By the Assnci-! Assnci-! Assnci-! nted Press) A permanent organization j i work for "absolute abolition of child llr in the United States" was formed ' here to-day to-day to-day by recresentatires of a num- num- . ber of national associations called into j conference on the subject by Samuel Gompers, president of the American Fed- Fed- j eration of Labor. j The meeting was arranged by Mr. Gompers following the recent decision of the United States Supreme Court holding that special excise taxes on the product of minor labor were invalid. Spokesmen for the new organiiatlon, after a conference at the American Federation Federation of Labor headquarters appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to urge legislation proposing or regulating employment of children in mines, factories factories and similar arduous occupations. Representative Chandler, Republican, New York, said it was the opinion of himself himself and other members of the committee that the Supreme Court's ruling had made it impossible to accomplish anything by legislntire regulation unless and until a constitutional amendment had been adopted. adopted. The organization formed to-day to-day to-day to institute institute a campaign for such an amendment amendment will be known as "the Permanent conference for the abolition of Child Ln-bor." Ln-bor." Ln-bor." Mr. Uompers accepted the . post of permanent chairman. Committee of Ten Named. A committee of ten was appointed to draft a constitutional amendment and "the best form of law" to meet the situation. situation. This committee will report to the conference at a later meeting when action action on its recommendations will be taken. The conference adopted a resolution, introduced by President Gotnpers, which declared that the "conference expresses itself determinedly opposed to abolish child labor for profit throughout the United United States, its possessions and territories." territories." In addressing the conference and commenting commenting on the hearing on child labor before before the House Judiciary Committee Mr. Gompers said that "if the attitude of the committee is a guide to congressional sentiment sentiment we have a fight on our hands, strange and mid-victorian mid-victorian mid-victorian as that may seem." Mr. Gompers said that congressmen were engrossed in matters which they deemed of more consequence "in the stern business of getting re-elected." re-elected." re-elected." "It is amazing and astounding that it should be necessary to ask Congress to protect childhood," Mr. Gompers said. "Congress ought to be eaer to perform this duty. Expressions lrom committee members this morning, however, indicated indicated much more of a desire to find a way out than to find a way through to success. success. "But Congress will get no rest. The issue is before the country. We are prepared prepared to fijiht the issue through to a conclusion conclusion that shall be final and that shall at last bring freedom to American childhood." childhood." Among those who met with Mr. Gompers Gompers to-day to-day to-day were Dr. E. O. Watson, of the Federal Council of Churches; Mrs. Florence Florence Kclley, general secretary of the National National Consumers' League, and Matilde Lindsay, representing the National women's women's Trade Union League. the held was single married will as the is she different for to American but tbe the has to the daughter age, and She the of this without

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  1. Democrat and Chronicle,
  2. 02 Jun 1922, Fri,
  3. Page 3

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