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'drink and fight and raise hell gen
erally. It is the only thing they
know of that they can do to "get
rid-of their own weariness.
"They know there is another
week of labor fn front of them
just like the one that is over, and
they are too tired to go and en
joy themselves sanely.
"SoN they drink whisky, which
they know will at least make
them FEEL asif they were not
tired, aiid they drink it untiHhey
"And when a woman is over
worked and underpaid and half
starved and half-clad well,' the
temptation to what fools call the
easy way is great, it must be
great; it must be" greater than
many a man could stand.
"The women cannot go out as
the men do, and forget their
weariness and their, hunger in
"For one thing, most women'
are too decent to do that; they are
not such moral cowards as the
men are in that way.
"It is moderately easy fo'rthe
men to forget; but it is different,,
Tor the women. They must face,
their situation, and keep on re
membering it and being1 miser
able. "And the other thing always is
staring them in the face. . . .
"If the woman is old enough to
know what it means, and to know
what the end of that life is; there:
is not much chance of her' taking
the step that means damnation in I
the eyes of the world. She'll
k starve first. J
"But did you ever think-of
what a hard proposition it is to
put up to a girl, a young girl who
doesn't know and cannot realize?
"You take a young girl, just a
kid like a whole" lot of the work
ing girls, of Chicago who' are
alone in the world, are, and I tell
you it must be pretty tough.
"She's hungry, hungry not only
for the fancy things that every
human beiner does get hungry for
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plain, decent food. She's prob-
ably paid about ten. cents tor ner
breakfast, and the same for her
lunch, and maybe all of 20 cents
for her dinner. And sh.e's hun
gry, and she knows she can't
"spend any more or she'll have to,
goiiungner still at the end of the
"And she's only -half clothed.
And she hasn't got ' any of the
pretty things that some of the
"other girls, she knows have, and
she knows she doesn't have any
chance of getting them.
"And perhaps i;here's some girl
in the place where she works who
has fine clothes and always has a
full stomach, and she-hears whis
pers about how that come about.
"And she gets sick and tired
and weary' of ifall, and wonders -
what s the use, and what good her
virtue isto her 'anyway.
f&nd she knows, that girls who
go into that other life make all
Kinds of money ; no girl who reads
the newspapers these, days can
"And she doesn't know any
thing about the life itself, and
maybe she thinks she'll just stay
in it ior- a little while until she