CAMINETTI IS IN NO DANGER OF SOCIAL
OSTRACISM FOR BEING A WHITE SLAVER
BY N. D. COCHRAN
"When public opinion is against a man it's just about his finish!"
That's what Drew Caminetti said Caminetti, the married man on trial
in California for taking Lola Norris to Reno, along with Maury Diggs and
"Suppose the indictments against me were dropped," he said. "What
could I do? There is nothing in California for me I must go where the
name of Caminetti is unknown."
Yes, it is almost a man's finish when public opinion is against him, but
when you stop to figure how really difficult it is to get public opinion
against a man, then it doesn't sound so cruel.
Public opinion, after all, is mighty lenient. Especially with a man.
With a woman, it is different.
Public opinion wouldn't have hurt Caminetti much if he hadn't been
arrested and prosecuted. That is, he made the serious mistake of getting
There isn't a city in the United States where the same thing isn't being
done right along", except that they don't take girls from one state to an
other and thus violate the Mann white slave act.
Caminetti and Diggs might have gone on indefinitely with the two girls
had they not taken them out of the state of California. They could have
taken them anywhere in California and done exactly what they did at Reno,
and with little or no danger of going to the pen.
And there would have been little public opinion against either of the
men even if everybody but their wives knew what was going on. There
would have been gossip, of course. But gossip doesn't ruin many men if
it is only about their illicit relations with women.
But the gossip that won't ruin the man will everlastingly ruin the'
woman. Public opinion stands by the double standard of morality. The
man may sin away his youth and take some pure and innocent girl for
wife when he is ready to settle down.
But a girl can't sin, be found out and still be received into what we call
polite society. Public opinion is always ready, with hob-nailed boots, to
jump on a girl who errs, and grind those boots into her until she dies.
Public opinion CAN punish a man, but it seldom does punish him.
Anyhow not for lapses from morality. And especially if he has money or
If Drew were to be set free and again took up his residence in Sacra
mento, people would look at him for a while, as he walked along the street.
But probably not one of his old friends would go back on him. After the
thing blew over, few of his old acquaintances among the women would
refuse to' speak to him.
If Marsha Warrington and Lola Norris went back to Sacramento, how
ever, the women generally would cut both of them dead; and many men
would consider them legitimate prey. Public opinion would be against
them, the women would scorn them and the men would hunt them if
they thought they wouldn't get caught.
I am not attempting to explain the why of it, but I know it is so. There
is actual sympathy with a young man who sows his wild oats. It is en-
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