When Vardaman Was Not a
States enacted laws against the sale of habit-creating drugs. When the Federal government enacted a similar measure the question of State rights was never injected.
The fact is that States have enacted laws for the protection of children, but the child labor laws are rarely enforced. There are adroit ways of evading the factory inspectors of the State, but when the Federal government seeks to enforce a law, it in enforced. That is all there is to it. Men who laugh at State courts respect and bow with deference to the Federal courts.
The national child labor law is a measure which should receive the full and hearty support and co-operation of every Senator with a spark of human kindness in his breast. It is a measure advocated and urged by the child workers of the Union. The opposition comes from States in which mill operators employ children, and while the Senators opposing the bill may feel that they are acting in the interests of their constituents they must in their inner heart also recognize the fact that they are working against the best interests of society"
If the opposition of Senator Overman "is most discreditable," so is the opposition of every man who opposed it, and Pattie Harrison is one who opposed it. And this editorial says that those who opposed it did so for obvious reasons; that the influences were the manufacturers who "turn themselves into child-snatchers and take little ones as soon as they are able to walk and thrust them into the mills."
Vardaman voted to send them into the schools instead of into the factories and he deserves the support of all men and women who are working in the interest of society.