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HOYNE EXPECTS TO HAVE MAX ANNENBERG
INDICTED BY GRAND JURY BEFORE NIGHT
THE DAY BOOK
An Adless Daily Newspaper.
N. D. Cochran, gaggas 500 South Peoria St. v'
Editor and Publisher, ggpS 398 m Monroe 353.
VOL. 2, NO. 247 Chicago, Friday, July 18, 1913 ONE CENTU
E. V DEBS AND THE SCARLET WOMAN
HE TOOK INTO HIS HOME AS SISTER
Was He Right or Wrong? A Question Each Individual
Must Submit to His Own Conscience and
Answer for Himself.
BY N. D. COCHRAN
I have received the following letter from a reader of The Day Book:
Editor Day Book Please tell me through your paper if B. V. Debs did
right or wrong in taking a woman into his house. Louis Cohn,
1102 Lytle St.
I can only give my own opinion, of course; and that is that Mr. Debs
did one of the greatest acts of real Christianity in modern times when he
took into his home a so-called scarlet woman and was proud of it. And
it should not be forgotten that this woman was taken into the home by Mrs.
Debs as well as by her husband ; and, in the light of the conventional way
of looking at such matters, Mrs. Debs did a bigger thing that Mr. Deb's did.
Neither of them, however, appeared to think that there was anything
startling in taking this human sister into their home. Their attitude was
the mental attitude of Christ toward the scarlet woman of Biblical history.
I know of no minister of the gospel, however much he may profess to
be a disciple of Christ, who would do the same thing. I think Golden Rule
Sam Jones, whom I knew very well, would have done it.
A delegation of preachers once called on him when he was mayor of
Toledo and wanted him to close up the houses of prostitution.
"As these unfortunate women are human beings they have a right to
live, haven't they?" Mayor Jones asked them.
The preachers agreed that they had a right to live.
"Then if they have a right to live," said Jones, "they have a right
to live somewhere. If I drive them out of the houses and onto the street