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unde,r four, 84 from four to five, 98 from five to six, 87 from six to
seven, 1,318 from seven to fourteen, 330 from fourteen to sixteen,
and 1,215 over sixteen and under twenty-one.
"Within the boundaries of the restricted district in this dis
trict there are,433'children, from babies in arms to twenty-one years
of age. Of these, 154 live on the boundaries.
c "jThe children living within these boundaries are in close prox
imity to houses of prostitution and disorderly saloons.
"The Commissipn has a record of a prostitute on Randolph
street soliciting two boys in knee'pants to enter, and offering as an
inducement, "two for a quarter.')
"One day a man was solicited "by a prostitute standing on the
porch of her home in one of the restricted districts while a number
of young boys were playing in the street in front of this house.
"The following- history of a tenement family near the 22nd
street district is a case in point:
"A skilled mechanic had a wife and four "children (one boy and
three girls). The children were well cared for and went to Sunday
school as long as the mother lived. The father drank some, but
seemed to take good care of his family, and his wages were fre
quently as high as $4.50 a day. When the oldest girl was eleven
the mother died. The father continued to care for his family, and,
w.hile he, drank, it did not seem to be a case where the' courts should
take the children away from him. . The boy was killed while play
ing in the street. The girls took care of the house, but the denizens
of the restricted district made the acquaintance of the children as
they went to neighborhood stores or when they were on the street.
-As fast as each little girl was old enough she was enticed into the
vice district, and in time all became public prostitutes."
Unless politicians and the police adopt entirely different
methods than those which have been employed by all past adminis
trations, there is little relief to-be hoped for in that direction.
And the public is not blameless, either. Had the people known
had there been at any time an aroused public conscience, the city
government would have been compelled to heed a popular demand.
If the people in any school district were to get together in" a
school house, and determine that evil conditions be changed, they
would be changed. It wouldn't make any difference who happened
to be mayor.
- The power to do what they think ought to be done rests in the
people when they know what they want, and go after it, they
"Any school district in Chicago can be; and will be cleaned up,
when the schol liouse in that district becomes a real Social Center,
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