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" NOON EDITION ' I ' ' NOON EDITION
READ CONCLUSIONS. OF O. HENRY'S FAMOUS 9
"UNFINISHED STORY" ON INSIDE PAGES
THE DAY BOOK
N. D. Cochran, .vasgg5 . 500 Sbuth.Peoria St.
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Tel. Monroe 353.
VOL. 2, NO. 148 Chicago, Saturday, March 22, 1913
NOTED SOCIETY WOMAN EXPOSES TERRIBLE
BUSINESS OF KIDNAPING WOMEN '
The "Grey Hawk of the World' Declares Mrs. James
Lee Laidlaw, Snatches Away 50,000 of Our Girls.
Every Year She Recites Some Instances.
(Editor's Note. The' startling disappearance two. years ago. of their
girl friend, the .beautiful Dorothy Arnold, for whom a world-wide search
was made; so shocked Jamed Lee Laidlawthe "millionaire New York, banker
and his wife, Harriet Burton Laidlaw., that they made a study of the white
slave traffic. Sirs. Laidlaw is now considered, perhaps, the foremost au
thority on this, subject in'America. She here writes under her pwu name,
especially for-the readers of this paper, ah article on the terrible business
of kidnaping; womenT ' "
j, . . By Mrs., Jas. Lee Laidlaw.
The nation-wide agitation, for a minimum wage law for working girls
as a means Tor suppressing the white slave traffic is" vital to lasting reform,
but it-is not trie 'most direct -step or the first one that should be taken.
.No minimum wage .measure .can protect women from infamy unless it
be accompanied by honest, decent municipal legislation.
Where, police "administration is'sub-moral the absolute physical, liberty
of many respectable girls and girls of high social position is menaced by
criminals who would not, and do not
now, f earjtoresort to abduction !
Of the 50,000 girls ,who disappear
every year a large proportion are
taken violently and held in bondage.
While the realization of the mini
mum wage suggested would shield,
some' wage-earning, girls from temp
tation, manyvgirls. would still be sub-,
jected to. the awful f ate of. abduction.
Fifty thousand girls in thiscountry
drop but of existence yearly; pass
from' the knowledge of their friends
and families absolutely. .
I will possibly be accused of sensa
tionalisrrf in stating facts, but these
"facts are known.
Why should we hesitate to an-:
nounce the conclusion.... T
Under our corrupt city govern
ment girls are being snatched into
taxicabs or kidnaped on the streets.
It is going on all the ,time!