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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 28, 1913, Image 3

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ERTY,' ALL THE MORE CRUEL TO HER BECAUSE OF THE ART!
FICIAL CONTRASTS. SHE QUICKLY LEARNS OF THE POSSIBILI
TIES ABOUT HER, OF THE JOYS OF COMFORT, GOOP FOOD, ENTER-,
TAINMENT, ATTRACTIVE CLOTHES. POVERTY BECOMES A MENACE'
AND A SNARE. ONE WHOfHAS NOT BEHELD THE STRUGGLE OR
COME IN PERSONAL CONTACT WITH THE TEMPTED SOUL OF THE
UNDERPAID GIRL CAN NEVER REALIZE 'WHAT THE POVERTY OF
THE CITY MEANS TO HER. ONE WHO HAS NEVER SEEN HER,
BRAVELY FIGHTING AGAINST SUCH FEARFUL ODDS WILL NEVER'
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UNDERSTAND.
TRAGEDIES FN HER LIFE. THEY MEAN TRIPS TO THE PAWN
BROKERS, MEAGER DINNERS, A WEAKENED WILL, OFTEN A PLUNGE1
INTO THE ABYSS FROM WHICH SHE SO OFTEN NEVER ESCAPES. .
"HUNDREDS, IF NOT THOUSANDS, OF GIRLS FROM COUNTRY,
TOWNS, AND THOSE BORNIN THE CITY BUT WHO HAVE BEEN:
THROWN ON THEIR OWN RESOURCES, ARE COMPELLED TO LIVE IN,
CHEAP BOARDING HOUSES OR ROOMING- HOUSES ON THE AVER-,
AGE WAGE OF SIX DOLLARS. HOW DO-THEY EXIST ON THIS SUM?!
IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO FIGURE IT OUT ON A MATHEMATICAL BASIS
IF THE WAGE WERE EIGHT DOLLARS PER WEEK, AND THE GIRL1
PAID TWO AND A HALF DOLLARS FOR HER ROOM, ONE DOLLAR FOR,
LAUNDRY, AND SIXTY CENTS' FOR CARFARE, SHE WOULD HAVE
LESS THAN FIFTY CENTS LEFT AT THE END OF'THE WEEK. THAT
IS PROVIDED SHE ATE TEN-CENT BREAKFASTS, FIFTEEN-CENT
LUNCHEONS AND TWENTY-FIVE-CENT DINNERS. BUT THERE Iff
NO DOUBT THAT MANY GIRLS DO LIVE ON EVEN SIX DOLLARS AND,
DO IT HONESTLY, BUT WE CAN AFFIRM THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE
NOURISHING FOOD, OR COMFORTABLE SHELTER, OR WARM,
CLOTHES, OR ANY AMUSEMENT, EXCEPT, PERHAPS, FREE PUBLICT
DANCES, WITHOUT OUTSIDE HELP, EITHER FROM CHARITY IN THE1
SHAPE OF GIRLS' CLUBS, OR FRIENDS IN THE COUNTRY HOME;
HOW CAN SHE POSSIBLY EXIST TO SAY NOTHING OF LIVE?
"IS IT ANY WONDER THAT A TEMPTED GIRL WHO RECEIVES,
ONLY SIX DOLLARS PER'WEEK'WORKING WITH HER HANDS SELLS5
HER BODY FOR TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS PER WEEK WHEN SHE,
LEARNS THERE IS A DEMAND FOR IT AND MEN ARE WILLING TO
PAY THE PRICE? ON THE ONE HAND HER EMPLOYER DEMANDS!
HONESTY, FAITHFULNESS AND A "CLEAN AND NEAT APPEARANCE,"
AND FOR ALL THIS HE CONTRIBUTES FROM HIS PROFITS AN AVER-.
AGE OF SIX DOLLARS FOR EVERY WEEK. HER HONESTY ALONE is!
WORTH THIS INADEQUATE WAGE, DISREGARDING THE CONSIDER
ATION OF HER EFFICIENCY. IN THE SAD LIFE OF PROSTITUTION,,
ON THE OTHER HAND, WE FIND HERE THE EMPLOYER DEMANDING
THE SURRENDER OF HER VIRTUE, PAYS HER AN AVERAGE OF,
TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS PER WEEK. WHICH EMPLOYER WINS THE)
HALF-STAR,VED CHILD TO HIS SIDE IN THIS UNEQUAL BATTLE? IT
WOULD BE UNJUST, HOWEVER, TO CAST ANY REFLECTION UPON;
THOSE GIRLS WHO ARE BRAVE AND PURE, BY INTIMATING'THATJ
BECAUSE THEY EARN SO SMALL A WAGE THEY MUST NECESSARILY1,
BE IN THE SAME CLASS WITH THOSE OTHER GIRLS WHO, UNABLE,
TO SURVIVE LONGER THE HEROIC BATTLE AGAINST POVERTY AND,
SELF-SACRIFICE, HAVE SUCCUMBED AND GONE DOWN. i
"PROSTITUTION DEMANDS YOUTH FOR ITS PERPETRATION.
ON THE PUBLIC RESTS THE MIGHTY RESPONSIBILITY OFSEEJNQ
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