Signs of the Times

[From the National Humane Review, Albany, New York]

"The American home," President Coolidge has said, "is the foundation of our national and individual well-being. Its steady improvement is, at the same time, a test of our civilization and of our ideals. We need attractive, worthy, permanent homes in which home life can reach its finest levels, and in which can be reared happy children and upright citizens." President Coolidge is right in stressing the physical along with the spiritual and moral influences of the home. The world cannot expect the slums to produce the right type of citizen. More and more the importance of better homes is being stressed. In this country, last year, no less than five hundred and thirty thousand homes, capable of housing more than two million people, were built and financed through one set of agencies—the building and loan associations. The membership of these associations is more than eleven millions, and last year the loans on houses amounted to almost two billion of dollars. Is not this a splendid index of national and individual prosperity? And also of higher spiritual development and ideals?

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June 9, 1928

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