Education: Teen-Age Taxpayers

From Emporia, Kans., made famous by the late William Allen White as the archetypical U.S. small town, came a surprising fact: though the town has had no particular war boom, last year no less than 10% of the Senior High School's 640 pupils earned enough (i.e., $500) to make them file federal income-tax returns (64 reported paying taxes.)

Polled on "How Are You Helping to Solve the Manpower Shortage?" the high-schoolers showed that, after school, they were doing the work of 120 men & women on a regular 40-hour week. Some worked as little...

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