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fe) Sufsit of pledsuM and fir5vlilon fpt rgcrgatlot?; --
(d) Procuring; , j h - , i
(e) Involuntary entrance upon of continuance in prostitution under
so-called "white slavery"; "
( f) Sub-normality "as-a factor In the social evil;
(g) The suppfy of fnale patrons of prostitflllon;
(h) Education in sex physiology and hygtene.
Again, the vice report says m connection with1 these 2,420 girls: "To
show how the data were" collected, tone table is" given as ail exhibit covering
the cases of thirty girls investigated in a most careful and painstaking way
by a woman intimately connected with the rescue and reform work of the
city." - '
The table is too long to give in its entirety, but of the thirty girls FOUR-r
TEEN CAVE PURELY ECONOMIC REASONS FOR ENT ERING A LIFE OF
SHAME. POSSIBLY THEY Did NOT SAY "LOW WAGES CAUSED ME
TO DO THIS," BUT THERE IS LITTLE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "LOW
WAGES" AND "TIRED OF DRUDGERY," OR "NO MONEY AND COULD
FIND NO WORK," OR "HUSBAND DIED; COULD FIND NO WORK,' OR
"HUSBAND DIED; TO SUPPORT MOTHE-R "AND CHILD," OR "COULD
NOT MAKE ENDS MEET." .
All these things and many others are exactly what the O'H&ra com-v
mission means when it talks about the connection between low wages 'and
vice, and GrahamTaylor knows that as well as anyone, although he m&y
choose, for reasons best known to himself, to take the words "low wages"
literally and refuse to consider any case a case Of connection between low
wages and vice unless the girl says "Low wages drove me t5 this" in ex
actly these words.
Furthermore, In regard to those thirty girl?, only twenty-five of them
were known to have had jobs before they fell. And the Chicago vice report
notes, after the table:
"The average wages of the twenty-five given is $5 a week." ,
It is only fair to say that the vice report only figures that twelv$ bt the
thirty went wrong for economic reasons. We figure fourteen ftonl their
It is a curious thing that "Prof." Graham Taylor should not have gonfe
into any Of these little details when he was so conspicuously trying fo prove
that the O'Hara commission was in the wrong In .harrying Big Business tHe"
way it has been doing.
And it Is still more peculiar that Graham Taylor should have entirely
forgotten to remark on the following from the Introduction afld flumm&ry
of the Chicago Vice Commission's report, which he sigcledi
"the economic side of the question. the life of an "un
protected girl who jries to make a living in a great city
is full of torturing temptations. first, she faces the
problem of living on an. inadequate wage: six dollars a
wek is the average in mercantile establishments. if she
Were living at home, where the mother and sister couUd"
helf her with mending, sewing and washing, where her
board would be small perhaps only a dollar or two to
wards the burden carried by the other members of the
family where her lunch, would .come from the family
larder then her conditions might be as good as if she
earned eight dollars per week.
"THE GIRL WHO HAS' NO HOME SOON LEARNS OF 'CITY POV-