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"No skirts no vegetables,"
The women are the market gar
deners here. They also are a reg
ular monopoly in that line, and
never a vegetable --stirred when
they gave the order.
That settled it. Percy quit,
and said the women could go back
to their beads. Also, he ordered
one pair of colored glasses from
"dear old Lunnon."
t A 'vice crusade that will go below surface
people of Chicago know what
'these causes are, so thev people
"We are finding out already.
When we finished on Saturday
night we had. 600 affidavits from
inmates of houses. These affi
davits told what drove the women
into the" tenderloin..
"The thing that drove 99 per "
cent of those 600 women into a
life of shame was sheer, pure ne
cessity. They could not live
"Of the 600, 322 had been em
ployed in department stores at
'beggarly- wages. They found
themselves unable to exist pn
these wages, and so they came
"There was another important
point. Low wages was not the
only-evil those 322 had to fight.
Over 50 per cent of them were
given the choice of accepting thef
attentions of some -of their men
bosses 'floorwalkers and the like
t or losing their job. H
t "These girls were simply?
forced down here."
The league is booking every
women in the Twenty-second
street district. The wbitien are
being induced to tell' not only
their names real and assumed
but also to" give a complete de
scription .of them$elves, the
The Chicaeo Protective Leasrue
. inr Wnmpn has hrpiin th& tttnst
thorough investigation of vice
conditions ever attempted in Chi
The investigation is to be dif
ferent from the usual vice inquiry,
which goes no deeper than the
surface, which makes a big flurry
in the newspapers, which throws
dust in the eyes of the people and
does nothing to correct the evils
, The usual -vice crusades expose
conditions. They do not expose
the causes of conditions. They
call upon the police to close disor
derly houses. They do not call
upon the people to put an endto
the things that drive girls to
those houses. They try to reform
women who do not want to be re
formed, and do nothing to pre
vent innocent girls being drawn
into the slough of the tenderloin.
Here is ,what the Protective
League is driving at in the words
of Louis M. Quitman, secretary
and active head of the investiga
tion: "We are not going to try and
reform vomen against their will.
That is for the churches to do.
Let them doJi. yC J
"What wcfntend tand out are
the cause;? that drive innbcent
girls to this lifeaitddthen let.the