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0HA&A OMMISSION GALLS ?V. WILLIAMS'
BLUFF; QUIT BEING A "FIGHTING PARSON"
The. Rew Elmer L. Williams, the "North Side's fighting, (?). pastor,"
showed himself for what, he is once more before the O'Hara vice commis
Williams was called to the stand. He was sworn. He-testified that he
was called to the Grace Methodist Episcopal church on the North Side three
years ago, and that the membership of the .church was between five and
The-members of the commission looked curiously at this man who had
crucified an erring woman before them; who had used them to make the
crucifixion as public as possible. H . . - -
And Williams sat on the stand with his white, unhealthy-looking face"
set in hard lines, his lips tightly compressed, his whole air'that of antagon
ism, tie seemea xne very emooai-
'ment of icy coldness, of unrelenting
hate, of everything unchristian.
"You have done" considerable work,
in the field of' "vice?" asked Lieut
Gov. O'Hara, at. last.
"Yes, sir," said ..Williams, proudly.
"I have looked into the EFFECT of
''Have you looked into the cause of
vice?" demanded O'Hara.
"Yes, sir." .
"What havejyou found to be the
chief cause of the fall of girls?"
''Male, prostitutes," said Williams,'
and his mouth, shut like a trap after
"Havejow wages anything to do
with girls going wrong?" asked
v-Williams hesitated for" a moment
His eyes wandered around the room.
. "Low wages form a, contributing
cause," he said, at last
"Have you ever met a fallen wo
man who wished, to reform?" .asked
VYes, sir," said Williams, "I mat
:one last, week."
"Tell us about her.said Q'Har
and the commission members settled
back in their seats, i -
.."Well,".said Williams, "she wanted
me either ta let her alone to follow
her business as a woman of the street
or-to show her bpwHo. make a living.
She said I had broken tip her busi
ness on the NorthSide. She said she
hadtft eaten that day. , . 1
"This woman- was ruined by a
business man six or seven years ago.
She began as her class' of women of
the street do. She told me that when
she began a man in Philadelphia
.told her, 'You are' a. $5 prostitute
now; the time will come when you
will solicit for $1.'' She said -to me,
'Now I am glad to get $1.?
"I said,. 'Here's a dollar; go get
something to eat.' She said, T'don't
want charity; I want a chance.' 1 '
"I galled one of our .deaconesses
into the case. She put the Woman
into a home to be taken care of. But
the woman was addicted to cigarettes
and liquor, and could'not, do any
"Since that time,- she has-got her
self together, and I think she is
workingi downtown. That's all I
know about the case." x
NThere was a long silence when
Williams had finished this -pitiful
story of a woman gone wrong,' WQ0
had. paid, the penalty in hunger and
deep distress. ' t.
"Say,", growled a reporter at last,
'.'Senator Juul was ' RIGHT about
-man's inhumanity to woman, X
mean. Bujt you'd think that minis
ter oh, well!" . .S
"Ye'eh," said another. "An' you
notice that'.Williams doesn't-seem to
know much about what happened to
this, woman who wanted to do right,
who wanted a chance.".
"NOi'nor care," said another.