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A CHICAGO PREACHER SAYS MOTHERS ALONE CAN
SAVE US FROM VICE AND CRIME
By N. D. Cochran, Editor of The Day Book.
Ever since that incident in the Garden of Eden, when Adam
blamed the whole thing on Eve and got away with it, that noble
creature MAN has been trying to dodge responsibility in the same
pne of the modern illustrations of the same idea, or invention,
Jsrfhc way Kipling puts it, "The female of the species is more deadly;
Jthan the male."
But it remained for a Chicago preacher, -Rev. R. Keene Ryan,
to bring the thing clear up to date.
The learned Mr. Ryan was commissioned by Hearst's Chicago
American to visit various poolrooms and help show that auto bandits
get started on their downward path in poolrooms.
We needn't bother much about that, but after reporting his
visits to the pool joints and how he found many young men and
boys there loafing and playing pool, he put the entire responsibility
of saving boys on the mothers of Chicago.
He says the pooirooms are a peril and a disgrace, but adds,
"you will never reach the cure through regulation by law. It can
not be done. You cannot legislate these places out of business. The
police are powerless to check the evil."
Then comes this astounding declaration:
''There is only one salvation for the city and its youths, and that
is THE MOTHERS. Mothers can do what governments cannot
do. These wayward boys are the results of cause; the cause is lack
of discipline in the home.
"Chicago mothers can save the day; they can solve the knotty
problem ; they can clear our streets of bandits ; they can close every
poolroom, dance hall and resort in this city, and they only.
And then the learned and revered gentlemen, having proven his
case to his own satisfaction, and probably to the satisfaction of
Hearst, winds up with a touching appeal to the mothers of Chicago
to get busy and save ottr boys and girls from destruction, and the
rich from bandits.
That's a soft enough philosophy for the men. It recalls some
words we once heard in a song: "Let the women of the house do
the work, while the men have an easy time."
But we can't see much consolation in such a doctrine for real,
red-blooded men, or a whole lot of hope in it for boys and girls.
The world's mothers have been doing more than theirfair share
of making the, world better, ever since they began having babies and
raising them. ' The mothers who have not done their utmost to