Do Not Take Babies to Shows

Do Not Take Babies to Shows

Chief Smart, of Calgary, Alberta, would have a law passed forbidding women to take very young children to theaters and moving picture shows. An amendment t that effect was deleted from the proposed building by-laws, because the legislative committee thought it was “too great an imposition on the personal liberty of the women of Calgary.” Chief Smart is indignant at the deletion and would have the amendment restored. He says that “it is not a question of personal liberty at all. It is a question of safety. What chance has a mother or her child in arms when a fire breaks out? On general principles the theater managers are opposed to having their performances spoiled by howling infants, but that part aside, I intend to do what I can to see that the public are protected from possible danger in case of fire. You know that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” It was only the other day that the chief raised strenuous objections to the committee striking out the clause which provided that buildings over 12 stories in height could not be constructed in Calgary. He says he will fight for the retention of both c’auses when the by-laws come up for ratification by the council. He adds: “I think the practise of taking babies to any houses of amusement should be prohibited. Last night I went into a moving picture house on Eighth avenue where half a dozen baby carriages stood on the floor behind the aisles. I had them removed in a hurry, and gave the manager a heart-to-heart talk he is likely to remember.”

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