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POLICEMAN'S CLUB . IS
A pitiful confession has been made by the director of public safety in
He is a man of clean character and honest intentions. He is part of a
reform administration which thinks that reform consists of putting the law
on bad people, bad people being mostly poor people who steal in small
amounts, get drunk, gamble or practice vice roughly.
When he took office the good people (good people being those in com
fortable circumstances who do not like to be disturbed in their contentment
by graft or theft or noisy drunkenness or the raw forms of vice common in
the underworld) urged him strongly to use the police power to put the ten
derloin out of business.
He has done so. He has closed most of the disorderly houses. He has
driven hundreds of fallen women into the streets or scattered them among
the residential districts. He has effected what they call in Philadelphia a
"quarantine of vice."
But strange to say, that didn't solve anything.
So he and his chief, the reform mayor, appealed to the good people for
And now he says, sadly: "No help has come from the churches, social
or civic organizations. I have had to stand alone."
To be sure, at a mass meeting of delegates from these worthy bodies
a slimly attended mass meeting, because not many responded to the earnest
appeal for aid some resolutions were passed, among them one asking the
state to build a big home for feeble-minded women. That seemed to be the
closest that 150 representatives of uplift in the City of Brotherly Love could
come to a practical, concrete suggestion.
It has pot occurred to anybody in the reform administration that a
possible -starting point for remedial work would be to drive no poor woman
into the street without first putting the brand of the law on the men who
have brought her shame.
But, of course, to do such a wild thing as that would not be respect
able. " , ' '
OUR EXACT ARTIST
GETTING AT THE TRUTH
Was he rich? Or was he poor? She
wanted very much to know before
giving him an answer to the moment
ous question. So, after thinking
deeply for a minute: "I'm afraid we
shouldn't get along very well," she
said. "You're too extravagant."
"Extravagant!" he repeated. J "Oh
the contrary, I'm very economical. I
have to be," he added as an after
thought "Then I can never be your wife."
"Because I'm economical?" he
gasped, astonished at her logic.
"No," she replied, "but because
you. have to be!" . ,