October 12, 1913

Mrs. R.H. Tate, president of the Oregon Congress of Mothers and Parent-Teachers' Associations adressed the local circles at the Medford High School yesterday afternoon on "Our Work and Our Organization."

Mrs. Tate quickly won her audience and closed with a stirring appeal to motherhood, pleading for a better race of children and a more educated race of mothers. In part she said:

"Our work started 15 years ago and through it all Oregon has led, first, in good organization, first to have a mothers' bureau.

"I ask your circles to affiliate with the national organization, for then our work can be extended to the most remote regions and you will have the advantage of our bureaus and our literature.

"In 1915 Oregon will hold its first national convention at Portland, and I earnestly urge you to send a delegate and remember that we were honored ahead of Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco. The state meeting is on the 20-22nd of this month.

"The main purpose of our work is child welfare and child study. Remember, in olden times that Jesus said, 'Suffer the little children to come unto me,' and in saying this he enfranchised them.

"It is not a question of can we afford them, but how shall we do for them? Consecrate yourselves. It is God's greatest, grandest, most divine gift to mankind. Are we worthy? Then let us make ourselves so.

"The agricultural department spends millions on teaching farmers how to farm, to raise animals and poultry, but not one cent on how to raise our future citizens.

"Christ gave children their Magna Carta in his command to the parents, and today, nearly 2,000 years afterwards, we are but in the dawn of a new day for children, but what a glorious day it will be.

"Scientified study of children, eugenics for parents, education for parents, and those who are on the threshold of fatherhood and motherhood — how much do you pay for literature on child welfare? How much on poultry-raising and trashy novels?"

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