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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 03, 1913, Image 2

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These are grim charges. An organization of three women In. 'Denver,
called the Woman's Protective League, which is secretly backed, it is
charged, by Rodin Curtis, once head of the Denver street car system, made
these charges and continues to scatter them broadcast throughout the
country. ; i
In Denver the people don't believe them. They know that the league
is a' small organization witha secret purpose. But, in the-country at large,
the charges are dangerous. I asked Judge Lindsey to reply to the accusa
tions. "They're a pack of lies," he answered, "In regard to that negro as
sault charge. A little girl told the police she had been attacked by an old
negro man. The officials found that the little girl had told them a 'ghost
story and in my court the little girl
admitted that her story was make
believe. I let the old negro go and
the officials gave him a letter of apol
ogy for holding him in jail.
"They say the names of girls don't
appear on my coart records, as if I
never went into such cases from ihe
girl's standpoint I take. You bet
their names don't appear on the court
records! They won't get there,
either, or on any other records! I've
kept secret every case of the boy-and-girl
sort. I will not help to ruin
the lives of little girls who have been
unfortunate. These enemies of mine
demand that I have court trials and
that I bring the girl into court and
make her testify against the boy and
thus brand the girl herself forever!
"It- is in this way that girls, are
forced into brothels. I handle such
cases in my private office. I talk to
the boy and girl together. Sometimes
I send the boy to jail as a lesson. I
get the truth out of the girls in this
way. Little girls who go wrong
and I could find 1,000 of them in six
months in the schools of Denver or
in the schools of any other city al
ways try to protect the boy. In open
court such agirl, if 14 or 15, will al
ways lay the blame on one of several
boys, whereas the other boys are just
as blameworthy, all of whom would
go free. In my office, where women
assistants help me, the girls tell the
whole truth!
"I can't tell you of all the happy
marriages in Denver that have begun
in my court or of all the girls in Den
ver who have been given another
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chance in life. And these girls won't
fall again, either, because now they
know the truth about things.
"In the old-fashioned way the
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the girl would have !been disgraced
and driven to the streets; vthe baby
would have been taken from her and
the father would have been turned
into a jail-bird. I'm making homes in
my court, not outcasts!
"It's a triangle this girl, boy and
baby that our courts haven't learn
ed to take care of yet. I'm sending
boys and men to jail when they won'
help me in my 'home-plan,' but I
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