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FURTHER INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
CONCERNING EXISTING VICE CONDITIONS
Disorderly Saloons and Schools Disorderly Saloons
and Children Vice in the Residential Sections, and J
' Its Influence on Children Who Live in Such Sections.
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Chicago can be made clean. It can.be made a safe place for i
women and children, as well as for men. v . .
But it wont be until the people themselves insist upon it. 1
Occasionally there will be a spasm of virtue on the part of the
politicians and office-holders. There w'ill" be a bluff' at cleaning up
the town. But it soon blows over, and vice again' resumes business l
v at the old stand. ( .
Very likely that is why the police were so dumb when testify-
ing "before the Civil Service Commission. They had seen reform
waves before. And they had never knowntfiem to last, or to do ?
any permanent good or dislodge from power'Jthe politicians who
got rich out of their partnership with vice. ' ,,
Even now there is fear in the police department that Hearst
and Harrison want tq tear the present police force down, and build
it up again asva Hearst-Harrison political macfiine. -
Hearst's business manager of the Examiner, Harlan Campbell,
" is"pr'esident of the Civil Service Commission and', a'special writer 'j
on the. Hearst papers is the mayor's secretary." '
How deep the other newspapers of the publishers' trust are in j
the game remains to be developed; but it's a safe bet that there is
no intention of digging deep enough 'into the causes of the Social
Evil to uncover any big newspaper advertiser's.
So the education 'of the public must needs go on to the end
that finally something can be done to once and for all smash vice
as a business in Chicago. f
In the meantime there are parts, of the report of the Vice Com
mission which' will be helpful to parents, by. posting them on condi-
tions as they are and enabling them to guard their own children
against the immoral influences and dangers which surround and
The following qubtations are from the Vice Report:
"11. PROSTITUTION IN RESIDENTIAL SECTIONS
The investigation of existing conditions in Chicago proves con
clusively that there are many immoral women living in flats and
furnished rooms all over the city in residential sections. Here,
again, children of the neighborhood come to know the character of
the women, and instances have come to' light, where thej; have
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