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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 15, 1913, Image 18

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HE WANTS TO KNOW WHY SO MANY MEN FEEL
THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO MARRY
It seems ( to us that Edwin Nordman, member of the Wisconsin legis
lature, has suggested a valuable new 'lead" to the current investigation of
the causes of vice.
...Proceeding upon the belief that every man ought to have a home and
a mate and that to interrogate simply the women who have fallen is not
enough, he has proposed that Wisconsin's inquiry into this important sub
ject shall include questions along these lines:
Whether wages, instability of employment and the fact that the "big
unit" system of business tends to make a few very secure and many very
INSECURE in their opportunities of a steady income are in any way re
sponsible for the decline in marriage and home life. Also to what extent
the average man, deprived by precarious income of the opportunity for
marriage, is thereby impelled to create the market in which womanhood is
'sacrificed for gain.
He would have a commission of inquiry instructed to compile figures
showing what percentage of men are unmarried and at what age men now
marry, as contrasted with, say, 50 years ago, when free land maintained an
open door of opportunity for all.
"The real cause of vice cannot," he contends, "be learned by a com
mission bringing a lot of unlucky women and girls in and writing their an
swers down. They don't know anything about the cause. Their relation
to vice is generally that of a wrecked building to a cyclone. They are
merely a result"
A good deal in this, don't you think? At all events, it's a "lead" which
needs to be followed up, in the thorough Wisconsin way. If we can find out
how to make a fairer division of prosperity, it's quite likely that among the
results will be more wholesome mating and many more happy homes.
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