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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 13, 1911, Image 2

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fecblcd by luxurious idleness and ease, and the dissipations that
come with most riches, should peter out; and the race be perpetuated
by offspring of men and women who sweat for their food.
All the same, we who are living now owe it to ourselves and
those who come after, to conserve this greatest of all natural re
sources humanity itself.
In its report on "The Social Evil," the Chicago Vice Commis
sion has gone to the economic toot of the trouble, and has devoted
much space to children. The following quotations on "Protection
of Children" is from the Commission's report:
- "PROTECTION OF CHILDREN We often forget that so
ciety owes much to the protection of children. Those of mature
years can be left generally to guard themselves; but in the case of
youth and ignorance, society mast take the part of the elder "brother,
and in many cases, the patt of the father as an educator and
guardian.
"FROM ITS. STUDY OF EXISTING CONDITIONS IN
CHICAGO THE COMMISSION FEELS THAT IF THERE IS
TO BE ANY PERMANENT-GAIN IN THE FIGHT AGAINST
THE SOCIAL EVIL IN THIS CITY, MUClt CARE AND
THOUGHT MUST BE GIVEN THE PROBLEM OF CHILD
PROTECTION AND EDUCATION. '
"In the chapter devoted to this situation it is shown that the
children in certain sections of the city are surrounded by many im
moral influences and dangers.
"THEY ARE COMPELLED, BY REASON OF POVERTY,
TO LIVE WITHIN, OR IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO, 'RE
STRICTED PROSTITUTE "DISTRICTS. EVEN IN RESI
DENTIAL SECTIONS CHILDREN COME IN CONTACT
WITH IMMORAL PERSONS, AND 'GAIN AN EARLY
KNOWLEDGE OF THINGS WHICH MAY INFLUENCE
THEIR WHOLE LIFE AND GUIDE THEM IN THE
WRONG DIRECTION.
"One of the sad spectacles in this great city is the night child-dren-who
sell gum, candy and papers on the streets. These little
vendors become creatu'res of independent habfts before they reach
the age of puberty.
"THROUGH HABITS LEARNED BY LOITERING NEAR
SALOONS, AND EVEN IN , THE REAR ROOMS FRE
OUENTED BY PROSTITUTES AND, VILE MEN, THEY BE
COME FAMILIAR WITH THE VULGARITY AND IMMOR-
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