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"THE GIRL MUST SUFFER"
The chief of Pittsburg's police recently received a note saying:
"By the time you get this I will be in the river. My life has been ruined
by a man well known. Men get off easy, but the girl must suffer."
. He hurried an officer to the place where the writer said she intended
to jump from a high bridge, but too late. A moment before the officer ar
rived a young girl had climbed to the raijjng and dived overboard. Hei
body was not recovered. Her name is unknown.
Yes, alas, "men get off easy." That man, for Instance. Well known
he may be, but not for the treachery which sent this poor girl into the shel
tering depths. Perhaps well known for his gifts to charity, for his attend
ance at church, for his prominence in the activities of business. Perhaps
well known as a husband and father. He had amused himself for a time
with a pretty human toy, had feigned the arts ota lover to satiate his selfish
passion, and then, boy-like, tired of the pastime, had thrown her aside.
She lies somewhere in the river's sweep, cold and stark; but he goes on his
way untroubled. Verily, the girl must suffer.
And it pains us to say that it has always been so and that we very
much fear it will be so to the end.
For woman, the matrix of the race, the one In whose soft, body, close
to whose warm heart, all the children of the race must find their way into
the world, lies by nature's fiat under this special condition, that' for that
unique function, with its remendous import to the future, she must guard
jealously her honor, her fitness for motherhood.
"Men get off easy," yes, because happily the percentage of women
who can be cheapened, even deceived, is small.
Men would go down to swift racial ruin, uncheered by offspring, never
knowing the pricje of fatherhood, unwept, unhonored, unsung, if It were
And yet, to make the girl do all the suffering frankly isn't fair. We
ought, as professedly a Christian society, to order it otherwise; to accept
the splendid challenge of Eugene V. Debs, who took into his home an erring
Bister rejected of others. "
We ought, but when will we?
PLANS TO PATCH UP DOMESTIC
TROUBLES WITH COOK BOOKS
County Clerk Robert M. Schweit
zer will attempt to put the court of
domestic relations and the divorce
courts out of business. But he's go
ing about it in a diplomatic way.
Here's the plan:
A cook book will be given away
with every marriage license. Sounds
pretty good to the men. All that is
needed to put the plan into effect is
to get an appropriation from the
"Poor cooking is responsible for
most of the domestic trouble that
gets into the courts today," said the
county clerk. "Up in the domestic
relations court, when a man is arrest
ed for deserting his wife, in seven
cases out of ten he says he beat it
because the lady wouldn't or couldn't
cook. He had to go somewhere else
for food and often for drink. In the
divorce courts a lot of men say their
wives threw pans at them until it be
came monotonous. We want to teach
the women the real use of cooking
When Mary jumped to board the car.
Her tight skirts she forgot
And strong men turned with covered
Lest they view what they shoukf