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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 05, 1913, Image 3

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tions ofrWork in these great com
mercial institutions. , "
And at the end of every one of
the letters has been a pitiful little
postscript, asking that the name
' of the writer be not published,
because if it were she would lose
-her job and . her pitifully small
wages.
This condition will-be one of
the hardest which the senate com
' mission wil lbe forced to over
come if it is tp carry. out the-wqrk
it has imposed on itself.
When the commission has
gathered what information it
thinks, necessary in regard to the
factories and stores already being
investigated, it .will turn its atten
tion.. the big wholesale clothing
factories, and ask the owners of
these, how far they are contrib
, uting to the "business" of white
slavery by the w(ages they pay
their employes.
The Rev. Father William J.
McNamee, pastor of St. Patrick's,
was shocked and surprised when
he heard how, Big Business was
scoffing at the white ,slave. probe
of the Illinois senate commission.
"I, can hardly believe it possi
ble that any decent citizen would
be otherwise -than glad to seea
thorough, investigation . of the
horrible conditions in our city to
day," he said.
"There have 'been so' many
commissions, before, all starting
out with the same avowed object
as this senate commission.
"And they have all been the
same! They' have lop'ped at the.
brariches ,of the .evil j, they t never,
have gone near the .root of it.,
They have stirred around in the
mud of the tenderloin; they have,
not turned their eyes to the pipe
lines supplying the mud' to the
tenderloin. They have meant
well; but they have been afraid;
afraid of what they might find.
"You cannot solve the problem'
of the tenderloin by having the
police barricade the doors of the
tenderloin. You must go beyond
the tenderloin, and put 'an end to
the conditions that are, causing
the tenderloin.
"It is not true that 'a girl wh6.
wants .to be bad 'will be bad any
way, no matter how much wages,
she may be. getting.'
"I have heard of few girls who
wanted to be bad. I have heard
of hundreds who were forced to
be bad.
"Low wages are chiefly respon
sible for the immorality that is so
rapidly increasing among the
young girls and young men otto
day. Low wages are chiefly re
sponsible for the tenderloin; low
wages are. chiefly responsible for
the boy bandit, for the criminal.
"And now the Illinois senate
senate commission says 'that it. is
going to go to the bottom of the
white slave problem, and that it
is going, to begin by a thorough
investigation of the wages paid
young girl employes in our great
commercial institutions.
"That is striking at the very
root of. the white slave problem ;
it is the one sure way of finding a
solution pi that problem.
"I am glad that the senate com
mission, has the courage tnus. to

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