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HOW TO CRUSADE AGAINST VICE AND CRIME ,
The kind of crusade against vice The Day Book would like to
support would be a crusade against starvation wages and poverty.
Women of the underworld don't enter that terrible life from ,
choice. At least not many of them do. Many of them were driven
there by fear of starvation because they couldn't earn a decent
Too many young men get such a small wage that they can't,
afford to .get married.
Too many fathers get such a low wage that they have to let
their .sons and daughters work to help keep the family.
Too many depraved men are bidding higher than commerce and
industry for the souls and bodies of young girls.
Too many preachers are hunting down the girls after they are
lost and doing little or nothing to save them while they are yet
Too many men are making money out of commercialized vice.
Too many men are living unwholesome lives of luxury on money
made by withholding a decent living wage from their employes.
Too many wives and daughters of labor-grinding employers ;
are enjoying luxury which means poverty and ruin to the wives
and children of other men.
It is useless to blame it all on the liquor traffic, for more people .
drink because they are poor and unhappy than are poor and un
happy because they drink.
We can't make virgins of prostitutes by putting them in jail,
and we can't cure the evils of booze by closing saloons an hour
earlier or one day in the week.
But We can do much toward curing vice and crime by making- r
it easily possible for men and women to live decent, honest lives if
they prefer decency and honor to vice and crime.
If the preachers who now think they are fighting vice and
crime would work just as hard and just as earnestly to help men i
and women get living wages as they are working to punish those
who are lost, they could accomplish something worth while, and i
deal a deadly blow to poverty and her sisters, Vice and Crime.
"Dear,. dear," gushed a lady
visitor to the 16-year-old son of
the house, "and is this neally Jim?
Why, the last time I saw you, my
dear, you were a little thing just
so high in socks." "Well, as a
matter of fact," drawled the
youth as he hitched up his trouser
knee to display his purple hose, "I
don't usually go without my (
socks even now." )
Seattle Star puts high cost of
living down as main reason for
one divorce in every three mar
riages in King county.