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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 05, 1913, LAST EDITION, Image 11',
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DEBS DEFIES THE SO-CALLED
CHRISTIANS OF TERRE HAUTE
Terre Haute, Ind., July 5. Eugene
jjeDs, ieaaer or the Socialist party,
took into his home here a woman on
whose breast the narrow world of
Terre Haute had burned the red let
ter of shame.
In doing so, Debs defied "the so-
called Christians of Terre Haute" to
do other than receive the girl in their
homes as he had done or else re
nounce their Master.
"The Christians of Terre Haute
must receive this woman as I have
done or else admit their charity, their
Christianity is but a cloak and a pre
The history of the girl is a bitter
one and as pathetic as it is bitter.
It is an excellent illustration of how
a smug and "Christian" world kicks
a woman when she is down.
The girl is Helen Cox. She is bare
ly twenty-one. She is the daughter
of a Methodist preacher, once promi
nent in Indiana.
Recently, the girl eloped with the
son of a rich and prominent family.
They were married; a child was born.
The rich, young husband tired of
his wife; but he loved his child. So
he divorced the girl and took the
child from her.
Penniless and friendless, the girl
came to Terre Haute. A few nights
ago; she was arested-on the streets,
after she had refused to obey the
pitiless police order: .
"Get into the redhght district or
stay off the streets."
Debs heard of her case. As an
emergency probation, he had her re
leased to himself. After a conference
with Mrs. Debs, he took her into his
home, and issued the defiant state
ment: "This woman is a member of my
family; whosoever is my friend must
receive her as my daughter; whoso
ever is a true Christian must receive
her as I have received her in my
, ''The. girl has been . persecuted, j
Will Terre Haute help her, of will
its organized force be used to drive
her to desperation?
"If Terre Haute Christians truly be
followers of Christ, let them ask
what their Master would do.
"Our family has opened our home
to her. Who else will follow suit?
"The police tried to drive this girl,
deeper into the mire than she was.
They told her to get off the streets
or go to the redhght district?
"Do the police mean to get recruits,
for the redlight district?
"If that be the police policy toward
women, then to be consistent the po-r.
lice should compel immoral men who'
stand on the streets to stay in the
redhght district. The men who hunt'
women are more dangerous to m
ciety than the women who have:
fallen victim to them. j
"It is that this pitiless cruelty toj
penniless, friendless, desperate,
womankind stop. Why not war on
the immoral persons in high life in
stead of persecuting this friendless1
Mrs. Debs, in accordance with her,
custom, refused to talk for publica-1
tion ; but it is known that she heartilyt
agrees with her husband's sentiments!
and what is more with his carry
ing out of those sentiments.
URGE RECALL ON LINDSEY
Denver, July 5. Circulars urging
the recall, of Juvenile Judge Ben B.
Lindsey are being sent broadcast to
day. They charge Lindsey has pro
tected despoilers of young girls.
They offer to support the charges
by referring to the county jail records
in 86 cases, in which men and boys
accused of attacking girls were not
From Wilmington, Del., where he
is lecturing, Judge Lindsey branded
the charges as lies and offered to
prove them so by the records of the
It is nightly probably that each
side, by its separate records, can.
prove; its case,