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500.SQ. PEORIA ST.,.
TEL. MONROE 353
Vol. 1, No. t67 Chicago, -Thursday, Dec. 14, 1911 One Cent
IDEA OF DANCES IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS A
TYPICAL SOCIAL CENTER PLAN
Prudent .of 'Northwestern University. Approves It
Says It Will fCeep Boys and (firlsfromvisreputmble
" Places ot Amusement, "'
Declaring for "dancing-in the
public schools, Dr. A. W. Harris,
president of the ..Northwestern
University, and a member of the
Vice Commission, came out today
as a'sfrdrig.'advocate of the Social
Center iplan as tried1' in other
cities, for the eradication of the
puhlic dance hall ' evil, "and 'fur
nishing boys and girls ehtertain
mentiwithout'forcing.'them to go
to places with immoral 'environ
' "Churches are not giving the
young peopIethe kind of enter
tainme'nt they wish,"' said -Dr.
Harris. "Consequently, it is ad
visable that there be municipally
controlled places of. amusement,
where boys -and-girjs can dance,
to iave them from going to dis
reputable places for amtisement.
"The young 'cannot find the
amusement they want unless they
frequent' the saloons and,, public
dance-halls. 'I.think; there is only
one way to-combat this phase of
the vice e"vil in. Chicago, and that
is to scatter 'municipally controll
ed places" of amusement through
out the city,' with municipal chap
erons in charge to watch things.
"Itis- not a,questiori of whether
one sanctions dancing, it is a
problem "The young will dance,
and the.Sest that can be done is to
see that, th'ey -'dance under proper
conditions. . c . .
"My idea is to make-the.schools
social centersas much as possible.
Place chaperons in charge, and let
the young people dance or amuse
themselyes as 'they wish, provid
ing, of course, that they do not
want to break the city ordinances
or become boisterous.
"Now they go 'to the public
dance halls 'and saloons because
the church entertainments.are not
such as appea"l to them. They
mustbe given the amusement
they want' to keep them from
"The report of the Vice Com
mission contained the recom
mendations I advocate. I-hope to
see it "become- a reality before
long. It is badly needed in Chi
cago. "The vice situation can be con
trolled' to1 a great extent by these
municipally controlled places."