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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 03, 1912, Image 2

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"gamed ty tKe other members of
the family where her lunch
would come from the family
larder then her condition might
be as good as if she-earned $8 per
week.
"The girl who has no home
.soon learns of 'city poverty all
the more cruel to her because of
the artificial contrasts. She quick
ly learns of the possibilities about
her, of the joys of comfort, good
food, entertainment, attractive
clothes. Poverty becomes a
menace and a snare.
, "One who has not beheld the"
struggle or come in personal con
tact with the tempted soul of ihe
undepaid girl can never realize
what the poverty of the city
means to her. One who has never
seeri her bravely fighting against
"uch fearful odds will ever under
stands A days sickness or a week
out of work are tragedies in her
life. They mean trips to the
pawnbrokers, meager dinners, a
weakened will, often a plunge in
to the abyss from which she so
often never escapes.
, "Hundreds, if not thousands, of
girls from country towns, and
have beeii thrown on their own
resources, are compelled to live in
cheap boarding or rooming
houses on the average wage of six
dollars. How do they exist on
this sum?
"It is impossible to figure it out
on a mathematical Jmsis. If the
wage were $8 per week, and the
girl paid $2.50 for her room, $1
for laundry and 60 cents for car
fare, she would have less than SO
cents left at tKe end of tne week
That is provided she ate 10-cent
braekfasts, 15-cent luncheons and
25-cent dinners.
"But there is noj, doubt that'
many girls do live on even $6 and
do it honestly, but we can affirm
that they do not have nourishing
food, or comfortable shelter, or,
warm clothes, or any amusement,
except perhaps free public dances,
without outside help, either from
charity in the shape of girls'
clubs or friends in the country
home. How can she possibly
exist, Co say nothing of live?
"Is it any wonder that a tempt
ed girl who receives only $6 per
week working with her hands,
sells her body for $25 per week
when she learns there is a de
mand for it and men are wilHng
to pay the price? On the otie
hand her employer demands hon
esty, faithfulness and a 'clean arid
neat appearance,' and for all this
he contributes from his profits an
average of $6 for every week. Her
honesty alone is worth this in
adequate wage, disregarding the
consideration of her efficiency.
In teh sad life of prostitution on
the other hand, we find here the
employer demanding the surren
der of her virtue, pays her an
average of $25 per week.
(.'Which errgjoyer wins the half
starved child to his side in tjais
unequal battle? if would be un
just, however, to cast any reflec
tion upon those girls who are
brave and pure by intimating that
because they earn so small a wage
they must necessarily be in the
same class with those other giri$
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