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The following quotation starts on page 237 of the official report '
of the Chicago Vice Commissions
"IMMORAL INFLUENCES AND DANGERS
"1. Children in Vicinity of Vice Districts. It is a notorious
fact that many children of all age3 are compelled by poverty or cir
cumstances to live within or m close proximity to the restricted
districts in Chicago. Because of this these children are subjected
to great moral dangers. They become familiar with scenes of der
bauchery and drunkenness until they are careless and indifferent.
Their moral standards are lowered to such an extent that it is diffi
cult to fill their minds with .wholesome thoughts and high ideals.
In addition to the presence of prostitutes near their homes, the
children are iri danger from vicious men and boys who frequent
"According to the school census taken in 1910, there were
3,931 children under twenty-one years of age in he First ward. Of
this number 1,246 were under four years of age, 259 from four to
five, 216 from five to six, 257 from six to seven, 1,124 from seven to
fourteen, 313 from fourteen to sixteen, and 513 over sixteen and
1 "The principal restricted district in the City of Chicago, is
located in the southern part of the First ward. Within ' the
boundaries of this district there' are 298 children of all ages, from
babies in arms to those twenty years of age.
"Sixty-seven ofthese children live in a row of houses on South
Clark street, one block in length. The rear of these houses over
looks the rear rooms of a row of houses of prostitution with front)
entrance on next street. The houses are dilapidated tenements arfd
x are used by the families pn account of the cheap rent. The majority
of these are children of foreign parents. The ages of thesehildren
range from three months to seventeenyears.
"It is asserted that these families may witness scenes of de
pravity through the windows of their homes, and that the children
are in great moral danger from the intimate association with vice. -
"Some of the children within these boundaries are living in
close proximity to houses of prostitution and saloons frequented by
. "For instance, nine children, from one to nineteen years of age,
, live at (XI 129) State street. There, is a notorious saloon at
(XI 130) State, a few doors away.
"Twenty-four children live on State street, from (X1131) to
(X1132), near disreputable saloons, and only one block away from
the notorious houses on Dearborn street. . ' N
"18th Ward. According o theschopl census, for 1910 there
were 4,364'children in fte-lStfe-wanfy pf this nttttiber,t 1,032 were: