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DAILY COMMENT ON PEOPLE AND THINGS
Last winter Art Meeker of the
stockyards kicked like a bay steer
against the tangd being danced by
the sassiety folks at the swell balL
The other nighthisfamily gave a
dawnce at the Blackstone and the
folk's hit -up the tango, the niaxixe,
ttie' hesitation and all the rest of 'em.
This only shows thaT Art hasn't
enough dough to control the dawnc
ing of the kids.
But Mayor Harrison stopped danc
ing over at the Sherman House, and
made 'em quit at the College Inn,
Smiley Corbett's and other down
If the stockyards sassiety folks can
dawnce at the Blackstone, why can't
plain common folks dance or dawnce
at the downtown cafes?
We don't imagine there is any real
difference, outside of clothes and
coin, between the folks who dawnce
at the Blackstone and folks who
dance somewhere else.
So far as morals go, they are not
regulated by the gowns and jewels
Whether people live in tenements
or on Lake Shore Drive, they have
the common human passions and in
stincts, and it's a safe gamble there
is as much decency in the tenements
as there is on the drive.
The trouble with all reformers is
that they insist on reforming others
and do pretty much as they please
And we have serious doubts as to
whether Mayor Harrison's finnicky
policy on the dance thing changes
the moral status of a single human
As for the tango and other new
dances, they are doubtless just as
moral as the old-fashioned waltz. It
all depends upon what's in the mind
of the person doing the dancing.
Undoubtedly much of the dancing
fromerly done at the College Inn,
Rector's and other downtown cafes
was just as moral as any dancing
ever done at the Blackstone.
It's all right to keep your girls out
of it, perhaps, but even at that young
girls are no different in swell sassiety
than out of it.
If there is any difference it is in
favor of those out of it.
You may find the refinements of
vice in high society, but there is as
much natural vice there as anywhere
In- polite sassiety they know which
fork to use on the salad and which
one to stab the beefsteak with.
They know enough to daintily
wash their fingers instead of bath
ing their feet in the finger bowl.
They know better than to eat
mashed potatoes with a knife and .be
come sword sWollowers.
But underneath the human skin
they are no different from plain, com
mon everyday folks who work for
their living and sweat some.
So-called culture is largely a mat
ter of clothes and habits anyhow. It
has little to do with natural impulses
Even cultured people like to be"
natural and enjoy themselves as bar
barians when they get away from
home where nobody knows them.
Dignified" and prominent citizens
come to Chicago when they want to
shed their cultural and be human be
ings. And folks who are too well known'
in Chicago take a run down to New
York where they can cut up like the
Life is one four-flush after another.
Each of us is trying to make all the
others believe we are something we
On Sunday it is the national game.
Men who have cheated their neigh
bors all week long, hang up their
business suits and their business
habits, put on their Sunday-go-to-meetin'
rags and go to church to lis
ten to a beautiful sermon on the