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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 23, 1912, Image 14',
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Enter tidw a bevy of Chicago girls whcrhave solemnly declared
that they will not marry a man who has an income of legs than
Inasmuch as gold and greenbacks can neither be eaten tiOr wortt,
it is presumed that what these girls believe marriage should furnish,
In order to be perfectly happy, arfe the things thaT$5,0CO Will buy at
thfc present scale 'of prices. $
That sum, even in these days of the high cost of living, ought
to permit of servants, leisure, pdrhap"s an auto qr soa sdmfc pet Porfi
eranians, costly clothing artd a few jewels jocasionally to say hdth
ing of sortie small cliange fdr bridge losses and due's at cdllritry clubs.
Ih short, the" nevV standard fdr matfirtiohy is to b6 based Upon
freedom from financial worries of any sort and an ability tb become
idle parasites Updrt Society, if th bride, so desires.
It is not a new ideal. Thdre are many wottieh who have placed
-their own valuatiohs upon thehiselves in terms of coiri ,and who,
have made mortey the Sine tjtla non of we'dde'd bliss. '
But the path of happihess, wadded or single, selddm leads
through such jungles. The glitter df g"bld seldom gleams as a bea
cdh to the heights. Wasters have never achieved the summits.
Leisure" has hever given contehtriieHt.
The blushing trustful, IbVing girl Who stands before a justice
of the peace or preacher with her "than,1 Whose assets are a job arid
a heart filled with adoratioh, Whd expect td toil at Ills side, who ex
pects td sacrifice and Struggle, who dreams of baby fingers ill Her
hair, and of children's voices to ease her tired body, has a WUcfr better
The average income of fairiilie5,v according to Uficle Sani, is
sotheWhere around $500.
For every $5,000 ihcome there are ten other faihilies, or perhaps
a hBndred, that paly tribute. Some other girl must, perhaps, give up
hfcr chartce bf marriage at all. Sortie ydUth must push irito the future
his dream df Wedded happiness'.
Possibly these girls may have stumbled on to a small chunk of -truth.
It may be trUe that the labor of the &drid, With its results rigfylv $
distributed, might give td every bride fidfc, perhaps, $5,000 in real
niohey, but all that $5,00d will buy at present.
It may true that the World Would tie liapfyef ir it had more-
leisure and that eVefy matt who toils; and every woman Whd bec?mes '
a Wife has the right td sdch pleasure anti happiness as might come
froifi freeddm from fihantial wdrrless ,
But Until sudh a dream 3F justice" becbmes a reality, it is quftq