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the report of the Chicago Vice Commission enjoys such an exclu
sive circulation that only a select few are permitted to read it.
. But that eminent Vice Commission DID investigate and repdrt
on economic conditions that DRIVE these women who are now
being hunted by the "big policemen to the tenderloin and the
Did YOUR blood ever boil?
If it didn't, it will now. Read the following extract on the
economic side of the Social Evil question, taken word for word
from that report:
"THE ECONOMIC SIDE OP THE QUESTION"
"The life of an unprotected girl who tries to make a living in
a great city is full of totturing temptatfohs. , SIX DOLLARS A
WEEK IS THE AVERAGE IN MERCANTILE ESTABLISH
MENTS. "If she were living at home, where the mother .and sister could
help her with mending, sewing and washingj where her board would
be small perhaps only a dollar or two towards the burden carried
by the other members of the family wfiere her lunch would come
irom the family larder -then her condition might be as good as if
she earned eight dollars per week.
"The girl who has no home soon learns of "city poverty,"
all the "more cruel to her 'because of. the artificial contras'ts. vShe
quickly learns of the possibilities about her, of the joys Qf comfort
good food, entertainment, attractive clofhes. Poverty becomes" a
menace and axsnare.
, "ONE WHO HAS NOT BEHELD THE STRUGGLE OR
COME IN PERSONAL CONTACT Wit H TE TEMPTED
SOUL OF THE UNDERPAID GLRL, CAN NEVER REALIZE
WHAT THE POVERTY OF THE CITY MEANS TO HER.
? "ONE WHO HAS NEVER SEEN HER BRAVELY
FIGHTING AGAINST SUCH FEARFUL ODDS WILL
NEVER UNDERSTAND. A DAY'S SICKNESS OR A WEEK
OUT OF WORK ARE TRAGEDIES IN HER LIFE. THEY
MEAN TRIPS T!0 THE PAWN BROKERS, MEAGER DIN
NERS, A WEAKENED WILL, OFTEN A PLUNGE INTO
THE ABYSS FROM WHICH SHE SO OFTEN NEVER ES
CAPES. . ,
"Hundreds, if not thousands, of girls from country towns, a.nd
those born m the city K but who have been thrown on their own re?
sources, are compelled to live in cheap "boafding or -rooming houses
on the average wage of SIX DOLLARS.
"How do they exist on this sum? ,
"It is impossible to figure it out on a mathematical basis. If
the wage were. eight 4ollrs pet week;, and the girl paid two and a