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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 12, 1913, Image 3

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sheuff era. I know; the hidepusmoral
struggles she has. ...... "
"And I know also the reward she
receiv.es when, she falls.- , The
few short-years of misery, th"e plain,
black hearse, the Potter's .Field. . . .
"Of course, (he double-standard bf
morality-' must answer for much of
this. Things are bound to go wrong
so long as society gives to the man
who wins .everything-he, wishes, and
sends Death" in ,the wake, of ( the
girls. .
'"It is like the Younm Men's and
Young Women's' Christian.' Associa
tion. Everything is done to protect
the men; nothing to protect the
girls. .....
. "And girls young girls from. 15 to
20 years ;6ld come to Chicago from
small cities. They come with- high
ideals, with great hopes.-, i ,." .
"And their-'wages are so low that
they are forced ,to live in 'cheap'
boarding houses, where their rooms
are mere boxes, where there is never
a parlor in. which they can receive
company. , t
'They become lonesome. They
long, for honest company; they long
for 'their right to love.
v "So they pick up . acquaintances',
and because, they" cannot see their,
. friends in their boarding houses,
they meet them outside, and go ,to
cheap dance halls with'them. And
so., .... ,A
''Oh, Illinois! Save your 'workjng
girls! Give them a- ctiance.! Do not
send, then? out into the world on a
beggerly wage! Do notrput them on
an industrial- wheel which is surely'
going to break their spirits! f
"Can you not see the injustice of
it?i Can you not see these girls go
ing into the stores and. the; factories,
illtnpurished, underfed, undercloth
.e.d?.. Can .you not see the gradual
war o fit all upon their spirits? Can
you. not see them in the end, broken
topirit, circled of eyes, working list
Je'ssly?, . "'
-''A&i. can you not see the piaster's
taklngtally of their day's work and,
sayipg 'This girl is no good; she can
not, work any more,' and. firing her?
"And then? Ah, you know as well
as -I do! They have no money. They
are weary and broken. They are dis
pirited. They cannot find another
job. What can they do? What is
possible for them save the one
thing
Miss Brooks paused. A .young
woman near her was sobbing as if
her heart would break. Other .women
in the audience were weeping quietly.
The heads of the men were bowed
for the same of their sex.
'"I appeal to you," continued Miss
Brooks, "to help the women of Illi
nois, and especially the underpaid
girls of Chicago, the girls that the
men of big industries are crushing
on the wheel of things.
"The Young People's Civic League
can do much. It can give to Lieut.
Gov. 'Q'Hara its moral support, and
every member of the league can help
some girl in his or her vicinity, some
girl who. is struggling with a desper
ate and insoluble problem of exist
ence." ,
Miss Mary 'Balcomb, secretary of
the league, demanded to. know why
the cheap dance halls were given
special bar permits allowing them
to sell liquor until 3 a. m. when the
Ordinary' saloon was forced to close
at ! o'clock. She also condemned the
selling' of liquor in summer parks and
on excursion boatsN -
Miss Hunter remarkecLon the fact
that President Woodrow Wilson oc
casionally took a highball. The..Rev.
Phillip W. Yarrow, president of the
league, said he did not' think ayone
need worry about Wilson.
" I studied under .President WiK
son,-" said Yarrow. "I am sure, that
the .people will .find him to be the
most temnerate. most clean, most
righteous man who fever occupied the.
White House." . . ,
Miss Hunter especialy condemned
the making of gates with girls work-
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