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(weapon-of the cadet in recruiting his'
- -white slave victims.
"There are 25,000 .men in the Unit
ed States today engaged in procurr
ing girls for body hire. And 75 per
cent of these men lure their victims
to their terrible end by mock loVe and
-, "Men are responsible for ninety per
cent of the white slaves," continued
the witness, amid a burst of applause
. from the women. "By that," he went
en, "I "mean that men have much
more money than women and can
tempt all classes. A women in mod
derate . circumstances emulates her
wealthier sister as well as does the
r girl farther down. A man with more
money than she tempts her with ex
travagant gifts as effectually as the
poorer girl is tempted."
"What do 'you think of the whip--
ping post as a pumshment for seduc
tion?" asked O'Hara.
- "Hanging is' a more fitting punish
ment," said Finch, angrily. "In many
states hanging is the penalty for a
violent statutory crime, and seduc
.tion with the weapon of mock love
" assailing a girl is a more hideous
t "Do you believe a boy should be
vtaught the evils of flirting?" asked
. . "Yes. He should be taught what
",his innocent .flirtation' may bring a
., girl to. Too often the girl who has
flirted innocently with her boy friends
goes on flirting more and more, see
ing no harm, until she falls a victim
- ;to the cadet."
- Ardeen Foster, international com
,'inissioner of the British Federation
for the Emancipation of Sweated
Women, Girls and White Slave Vic-
.tims, took the stand. Foster had no
" doubt that low wages caused immor1
"I was a newspaper reporter in
tj London," he said. "Lmade extensive
investigations in the slums. I found
;that at Jeast 60 per cent of the fallen
-women of London owed their fall to
starvation wages, ? '
"One night, before I left London, J
came upon a woman about to jump
off a London bridge. I stopped her
and questioned her. It was the old
story-r-starvation wages. ,
"Our new flogging law in Britain
is doing good. A man. flogged once
never comes back. The white slavers
are leaving London."
"In how many cases are the men
at fault?" asked O'Hara.
"In 20 per cent of them," said Fos
ter. Robert S. Barrett, whose mother.is
head of theFlorence Crittenden Cir
cle, which cares for 20,000 girls in 78 .
homes throughout the, country, said
flatly that there was no. connection
between starvation wages and vice.
"Why do you say that?" asked
"Our statistics show it," said Bar
rett. "Who are your contributors in
Chicago," asked O'Hara, "employ
ers?" Barrett flushed.
"With 78 homes," .-he said, "I
couldn't tell you right off. Our views
are .not influenced by anything of the
"Do you think that any employer
who will hot pay a reasonable mini
mum wage to girls should give to
charity?" Senator Ju,ul asked Mrs.
Harvey W. Wiley.
"I do "not," said the wife of the
pure food specialist.
"Well," said O'Hara, "in Chicago
one employer testified his concern
paid profits of seven per cent and
still had a profit surplus of $2,700,
000. He said it-would cost $75,000
to pay a minimum wage of $8. Do
you think, he should have paid the
"I do," said Mrs. Wiley. '
Pittsburgh, March 24. Two new
labor movements were initiated to
day, as a result o'f the revelations of
the O'Hara Illinois commission.
. The Oliver strikers, 3,000 of whom
have been out for two w.eeks because