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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 08, 1913, NOON EDITION, Image 3

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evil.- The girl who goes wrong
wants 'to go wrong. She' is bad
by nature. Her family; her
father, her mother, her Environ
ment, everyone, everything ex
cept her employer-and her wages
were to blame. But low wages
had nothing to do with vice. . . .
I And then Barratt O'Hara stood
up..
"Ladies and gentlemen," he;
said, "you have heard the big em:
ployers tellyou low wages had
nothing to do with vice. While
.they were telling you so, I had
my sergeant-at-arms go down in
to -the-tenderloin 'and pick up
some of .the fallen women at ran
dom. I want you to hear their
side of thexstory."
One' by one they took the stand,
"these "women of the underworld,
with gaudy clothes and painted
faces, . and half, defiant, .half
frightened looks.
"The society women, the wives
of the millionaires summoned to
answer for the, wrongs they, had
. done, diiewtheir skirjs away, and
assumed a bored,' disgusted Jook
at first.
And the nthe women of the
underworld told their stories. .. .,
' "I was getting four .a week I
had two children I couldn't look
out for them :I went wrong
I'm making $25 to $30 a week
now I've got my children in a
private school. I was making $5
a week J couldn't live on it so
I went on the (Streets no; that
isn't my wedding ring it's -it's
my mother's; . . .
Sobs brolce out among the wo
men of the audience. Virginia
Brqqks wept, openl yand un
ashamed. J Margaret Haley broke
down, choking' with sobs. A- so
ciety woman's look of boredom
was slowly swept from her face;
she struggled to control herself;
but the tears came. Men who still
had hearts in them, men who re- 1
memb'ered their mothers and
their sisters, turned their heads
away. One or two millionaires"
sneered openly.
From outside came the voice o
a woman, again..
"It's all ' wrong about low
wages," she said. "It's their love
of finery, and because they
. haven't religion. ...:".
And inside, the stories of want
of food, of want of .clothes, of
want of shelter, of stark, staring
loneliness and hopelessness, went
'on.
"Would you live a decent life
again if you were assured of a re
spectable job at $12 a- week?"
"Governor, I'd ' grab the
chance." , '
BITS OF NEWS v
Rev. Paul Guelzow,, pastor of
German Lutheran.. church, Park
Ridge, 111., disappeared. .
Sidney Cumming, 3224 S. Wa
bash av., fined $200 for aiding
pickpocket in making his escape.
Louis Frank, saloonkeeper, W.
Madison and Halsted sts., arrest
ed for keeping disorderly housed
' Mrs. Hurbert Smith, 934 Wind
sor av.,-.severely scalded.when can
of baked beans,on stove exploded.
F. W. Schriber, 6329 Stewart
av., -victim of hold-up man in Or-
chestrahall. Got $11, gold watch
and (40 diamond stickpin:
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