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Protect the Shrine

(Mr. Webb, of North Carolina, recently voted against a bill to restrict child labour.  But he said in his anti-suffrage speech:  "The most sacred and potential spot on earth is the fireside shrine, and over this shrine the devoted mother presides, the uncrowned queen.")

Oh, home is a shrine for a mother, it may be,
But a shrine is no place for a promising baby.
Small children are fond of disturbance and riot,
But a shrine should be sacred and lonely and quiet.


O, come all ye factory owners, combine;
Though the world misinterpret your noble design,
Keep children away from a spot so divine,
So potential and pure as the fireside shrine.

O woman, O mother, we love and respect you,

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