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one. member of the commission to
the other as if seeking help.
"If," he stammered, at last, "the
commission will go into secret er
executive session, I could do some
thing." "That is not possible," said O'Hara,
"This commission will hold only pub
lic meetings when obtaining testi
mony. It is awfully easy for anyone
to lie in a closed room; tew people
want to lie in public."
Williams' discomfort was becom
ing more and more painful.
"You understand," he said, "that I
got this information in confidence.
Women have told me they were
afraid of their lives if they made pub
''But you are making the accusa
tions publicly," said O'Hara.
Williams did not answer.
"Are you able to bring the com
mission any evidence of a connection
between vice and politics?" asked
"Well," said Williams, "how long
will you be in the city?" -'
The tone in which Williams asked
the question suggested that he fer
vently hoped the commission would
only be in the city a very short time.
For about two years yet," said
"Oh," said Williams. "I I think I
can produce it in that -tfme."
"What method do you use in se
curing positions for these fallen wo
men who want to be straight?" asked
"I never had many placed," said
"WelT, what would you do for a
girl who came to you and said she
wanted to reform?" persisted Beall.
"There are several institutions and
a number of philanthropists willing
to supply funds for these girls until
they can recover their health and get
on their feet. After that I would
send them out just as I would any
other girl to such employment as
jthey would be capable of taking
if I were, confident they were
Beneath the seeming charity of--this
answer, you could feel, as you
listened to it, the bitter contempt
that Williams feels for all human be
ings who have ma'de a mistake-and
been caught at it. There was no love
in his voice, no sympathy, no tender
ness, nothing but coldness.
And the commission felt it. . The
members sat back for a few minutes
studying Williams, and then Beall ex
pressed their feelings.
"When I was in Alton," said the
white-haired senator, "I had an ex
perience. Three ministers arrested
three girls on the street and they
were having a hysterical meeting'"
when I got there. I asked them what
they were willing to do for thegirls. ,
I suggested that I would take one -into
my home if they would take the
other two into two of, their homes..
They replied that they could not ex
pose their families to such a menace.
I said that I would contribute a cer
tain amount of money to help the
girls on their feet, if they would do
the same. The said their congrega
tions w.ould not stand for this. What,
are you going to do with such girls,
"When I went to my present loca-
tion I put up an ad in large letters.
It reads Tf you are in trouble, come
to me. We invite all who needs us.' "
"I knowt" said Beall. "But what
means do you have for taking care
of these girls?" 1
"I cannot care' for all of them. I
sometimes haye used my private re
sources. I have taken girls out of
jail and Into -my home: If you can
break up the commercialism of vice
.you will have more than half solved
"How about going further?" de-' '.
manded O'Hara. "How about break
ing up the system of starvation
Oh, I am with you on that," said
The woman brought before the