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SHOULD YOUNG GIILS GO TO FIVE CENT SHOWS?
Cynthia Grey Answers This and Other Questions.
"Isn't it right for young girls,
to go to five-cent shows?"
This question is being asked in
and out of print nearly every day
It is time the public, parents es
pecially, took the question up and
answered it for themselves and
The inotion picture has come to
stay. The moving picture show
house is one of the most popular
headquarters of amusement for
the people in a cit. Scores of
It is up to the publicto see that
the motion pictures being shown
in a city or town are the kind that
will be right for your girls to see.
In an article on motion pictures
in the January Munsey, this form
of entertainment and instruction
is advocated as the coming meth
od by which to teach the public
school boy and girl geography,
history, the story of manufactur
ing and producing, etc.
The people must enforce condi
tions in and around the moving
picture shows which will insure
benefit, not harm to the young.
To the little girl who asks the
question today, may I say that the
- right kind of a motion ' picture
show, conducted properly, should
be entertainment and instruction
to her. But of course she will ob
serve the old rule of asking a par
ent's consent before going; and
of going with some older person
than she, if the show be at night.
Is it right for a young girl to
give a valentine? (2) Dies it
mean that you are looking for a
sweetheart when you wear red
ties? (3) Is it right for two young
girls to go to shows on Sunday?
(4) Is it right for girls to kiss
their fellows when they bring
them home at night? Blondy
and E. L.
A. (1) As long as they "are not
offensive nor expensive, I think
there can be no harm.
(2) If so I have never heard of
it. No doubt persons who wear
red neckties wear them because
they are fond of red, or because
they think red suits them.
(3) That is a matter for your
parents to decide. Personally, I
should say "No." There are six
days in the week for you to take
that sort of pleasure. Sunday is
a home day when the family has
an opportunity to meet and re
new its friendships. It's the day
when the thoughtful, humane
person tries to spare his fellow
man all the unnecessary work' he
(4) Not unless they are engag
ed. I judge from your letter that
you are not old enough to be
thinking of engagement. Re
member that a man or boy cares
little for that which he may have
for the mere asking1, and still less
for the girl whom he believes will
allow and and all her boy friends
to kiss her.
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