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Patriotic Studies of a Quarter Century of Moral Legislation in Congress for Men's Leagues, Young People's Societies and Civic Clubs, Including Relating to Moral and Social Reforms, (Inglés)


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A pril 6, 1908, is the twentieth anniversary of a great hearing in the reception room of the United States Senate, before its Committee on Education and Labor, of which Hon. Henry W. Blair was then Chairman. The hearing was in support of a monster petition for a national Sunday rest law. The petition had been promoted jointly by Mrs. J. C. Bateham, Sabbath Observance Superintendent of the Womens Christian Temperance Union, and Dr. Wilbur F. Crafts, then a pastor acting individually, who conducted the hearing. That hearing and its sequel, a hearing on the Blair Sunday Rest Bill in the same place before the same committee in the same year, on Dec. 13, were the largest hearings on moral measures that have occurred in the whole twenty years, and they are recognized as the influential fountains of the subsequent organized legislative work of religious and reform societies, which had no permanent Christian lobby at any Capital before 1888, though there had been occasional forays on legislative bodies for temperance legislation. Although the Sunday rest law was not enacted.the attention not only of Congress but of the nation was secured to a needed moral reform, and great reductions of Sunday trains resulted from the agitation. It was largely through the inspiration of those hearings that the W. C. T. U. located its talented Legislative Superintendent, Mrs. M. D. Ellis, at Washington, and the International Reform Bureau about the same time established the first incorporated agency for promoting moral legislation, now housed in a building of its own, adjoining the Library of Congress. To that same source may also be traced the later establishment of the Washington Legislative Bureau of the A nti Saloon League. Now that moral legislation, state and national, has achieved such a series of victories, not only against intemperance but also against gambling and other soc
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