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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 23, 1911, Image 2

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urging them-fo'come'down-tathe
address which she sent
"The woman told the unsus
pecting girl that, first of all, a
newcomer must register her
place of residence with the police,
as that was the law in Chicago.
"It was, of course, when the
woman took her to the police sta
tion that the situation was dis
closed. "It needed "But little investiga
tion to make clear that the girl
had narrowly escaped a well or
ganized plot, and that the young
man to whom she was engaged
was a professional cadet.,
'r. Clifford Roe took up the
case with vigor, and although all
efforts failed to find the young
man, the woman who was his ac
complice was fined $150 and
costs.
"The one impression that the
trial left on our minds was thafcall
the men concerned in the prosecu
tion felt a keen sense of outrage
against the method employed to
secure ( the girl; but took 'for
granted' that the life she was
about to lead was in the estab
lished order of things, if she had
chosen it voluntarily.
"In other words, if the efforts
of the cadet had gone far enough
to involve her moral nature, the
girl who, although unsophisti
cated; was 21 years old could
have remained in the hideous life
Il auite unchallenged.
: "The woman who was prosecu
ted was well known, to the police,
and was fined, not for her daily
occupation, but because she had
become involved in interstate
white slave-traffic "
"One touch of nature redeemed
the trial; for the girl suffered -much
more from the sense that
she had been deserted by her:
lover than from horror over theT
fae she had escaped, and sh wasu
never, wholly convinced that he
had not been genuine. t-
"She asserted constantly, in or,
der to account for . his absence
that some accident must have be-"
fallen him. She felt that he was,
her natural protector in this
strange Chicago, to which she7
had come at his behest, and re.-,,
sented continually any imputa-,,
tion of his motives. .. j
The betrayal of her confi
dence, the playing upon her nat;;l
ural desire for a home of hef
own, was a -ghastly revelation j
that, even when this trade is.i
managed upon the most carefully",
calculated commercial , principles,
it must still resort to the use.oL
the oldest of the social instincts"
as its basis of procedure. -
"This Chicago police inspector,
whose desire to protect youngs
girls was so;.genuine and so suc-j
cessful, jvas afterward indicted by
the grand jury and sent to theu
penitentiary on the cfiarge of ac-
cepting 'graft' from saloonkeep
ers and proprietors of the disrepu
table houses in his district?'
John G. -Kennedy, of Texas,:
owns 800,000 acres in that state
He doesn't need one-ei'ghtieth of
them, but there arc plenty 'of
cooped-up city folks who would
be glad of onereigth-hundred-V
thousandth pa'rt
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