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factually "been enti(ied into their homes. The children run errands
vjHov these "wo'men' and receive presents of candy and fruit in return
for such services. In one particular instance a woman solicited
Xsfrom the doorway of a house while a child was playing on the porch.
-at '"'Special reference should be made here to the colored children
who are compelled to live in one of the colord communities on South
Stat street, just outside the boundaries of the restricted district on
- the South Side. . y
tt "It is said there are 173 saloons in this community, many of
which are given over to gambling and are frequented by immoral
qwomen and vicious men. In this neighborhood there are 'a great
-many flats and assignation rooms occupied -by prostitutes.
,n "Many colored and white childreh live' among these immoral
hand degrading conditions.
- "As these young colored girls reach maturity they easily fall
aprey to prostitution. Many of them are employed in houses and
flats of prostitution, where they act as maids, cooks and attendants.
fc "111. DISORDERLY SALOONS AND SCHOOLS There
?iare a number 'of saloons in the city frequented by dissoluie and
f(,men and immoralwomen in close proximity to school houses. One
school property in particular on the .North bide adjoins the lot on
hich a disorderly saloon building is located.
iu "The rooms over the saloon are used for immoral purposes, and
-c'the' school authorities testify -that-the children may see into these
-rooms from thex school windows and, from the playgrounds.
& , ' "IV. DISORDERLY SALOONS 'AND CHILDREN In
addition to the proximity of schools to disorderly saloons, the inves
tigation shows that very young boy? ,are allowed to frequent dis
orderly saloons. The following cases are typical:
' "A boy about ten' years of age named Jimmie has frequently
u been seen selling gum after 12:00, o'clock at night in disreputable
-r saloons on South Halsted and West Madison streets.
Jtf "One evening a bqy about fifteen years of age was loitering
9about the rear room of a disorderly saloon on Chicago avenue.
.."A girl, who said she was.seve.nteen years of age, and appeared
'o be, was singing in this saloon.., .
ec "Ai small colored boyj who the bartender said was only fourteen
2-years of age, was playing'the violin in-another disorderly saloon.
-. "One afternoon investigator saw two very young boys one
nr selling newspapers, the other blacking the shoes of the piano player
c-in the rear room of a disreputable saloon on West Madison street
stiThere were four prostitutes in this 'room at-the same time, who
were soliciting men to go to rooms oyer thesaloori1. -
r, "This is a condition which should be remedied, even if the state
t has o step in and provide hpmesvfor such children."