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YOUNG ROCKEFELLER BLAMES IMPROPER HOME
TRAINING AND LOW WAGES FOR PROSTITUTION
New York, Jan. 27. Poverty
and low wages are the two first
causes given by John D. Rocke
feller, Jr., in answer to the ques
tion, "Why do girls go wrong?"
"Prostitution is a business,"
says Rockefeller, "and a business
run by men to make money.
"The women are merely tools
in the hands of the stronger sex,"
are Rockefeller's words. "Prosti
tution is very largely a man's
"It is a business into which not
many women could be drawn un
less poverty and low wages made
girls easy to be led into it. They
take "the easiest way." It is from
the homes of the poor that most
of the white slaves are drawn.
"It is my belief that less than
25 per cent of the prostitutes in
this country would have fallen if
they had had an equally good
chance to lead a pure life. That
they have been dragged into the
mire in such large numbers is
due to a variety of circumstances,
among which are poverty and low
wages," said Rockefeller.
The Bureau of Social Hygiene,
backed by the younger Rockefel
ler's money, is making a search
ing investigation of all causes
leading to the exploitation of wo
men. "My six months' service as
foreman of the special white slave
grand jury in 1910 brought me to
realize the extent and horror of
the evil," he said.
It costs three dollars more a
week for a girl to live in Chicago
than it does in New York or Bos
ton, according to the estimate of
Miss S. M. Franklin, of the Wo
men's Trade Union League.
While the Eastern girl can get
along on $9 a week, the Chicago
girl must have $12.
Miss Franklin made her esti
mate after looking over the fig
ures compiled by Miss Ida Tar
bell for Boston girls, and the Pub
lic Service corporation of New
Jersey for its New York girl em
ployes. Food and rent are generally
higher here than New York, and
even clothes cost more here than
in the east, is Miss Franklin's
SHE CAME RIGHT BACK
Jackson, Miss., Jan. 27. An
advertisement in a local paper
warned the public against extend
ing further, credit to the wife of
Lee Gillespie. It was signed by
. Through the "personal" ad col
umn the wife retorted as follows :
"No bed or board as yet I've had
From Lee Gillespie or his dad.
But since the day that we were
I've labored for my daily bread.
Now, for cause and provocation,
I've sent him home to his relation,
(Signed) "Mrs. Lee Gillespie."
Mistress You say you are well
recommended? Servant I am,
ma'am. I have thirty-six excel
lent references from old mistresses."