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"RESULTS' OF FORD PLAN SHOW ECONOMIC
INJUSTICE IS ROOT OF SOCIAL EVIL"
BY HERBERT QUICK.
Mr. W. 6. Walberry of Upper San
dusy, O., sends the following news
"The effect of wages upon mar
riage has been demonstrated. Mar
riage License Clerk Stewart of De
troit finds that for the two weeks fol
lowing the announcement of the
profit-sharing plan of the Ford Motor
Co. 75 Ford employes applied for li
censes. Twenty applied in one day."
Mr. Walberry writes: "Having
heard nothing from you on the profit
sharing policy of Mr. Henry Ford, I
believe I am voicing a popular de
mand in asking you to discuss it iii its
relation to the white-slave traffic. So
cialists contend that the social evil
would die from lack of patronage if
we could bring about an economic
change whereby the great army of
workers may safely marry without
the dread of uncertainties which now
practically forbid thousands from
even attempting to establish homes."
Socialist's are not alone' in the the
ory mentioned "by Mr. Walberry. No
body ever stated it more strongly
than Henry George in Progress and
Poverty in 187.9.
The last great utterance on the so
cial evil is that of Abraham Flexner of
the New" York bureau of .sex hygiene,
of which John D. Rockefeller, Jr., is
chairman and chief supporter. Flex
ner says of the evil of prostitution,
after a world-wide investigation: "A
fundamental and antecedent condi
tion is a market clamoring for wo
men." Such a market is found wherever
there are large numbers of unmarried
men, and nowhere else.
Mr. Walberry is quite correct in
saying that the local license records
following the adoption of the Ford
plan is proof of his theory. These. fig
ures show an unsatisfied demand for
marriage so acute that it manifested
itself dramatically in two weeks. j
Think of its effects as the years roll
by! And of the enormous increase in
marriages which would take place if
Henry Ford were the sole employer
of labor the universal employer
and made his system world-wide.
TJnchastity and incontinence will
exist as long as sin exists; but we are
not discussing them. We are discuss
ing commercialized sexual vice an
evil which threatens the very founda-'
tions of society; but is a symptom
only of the deeper and broader ques
tion of exploited labor.
Abolish the system of plutocracy
by giving every man and woman a
chance to work for the wage repre
senting the full value of his or her
labor, and the girl of the pavement
will become a wife and mother. And
the companions of her loveless
amours will become husbands and
Lawless love will still wreck the
lives of the passionate and' erring, but
the lawless simulation of love for hire
will disappear. And that alone is
worth a revolution if a revolution
would bring it..
. Armour Car Line opposes federal
jurisdiction. Contend refrigerator car
company is not common carrier.
$20,000 given to Mrs. Potter Palm
er for World's Fair memorial has van
ished. No one knows where it went
to. Society leader claims sum was
turned over to U. S.
Mrs. Georgiana Donnelly, 26, 1476
Clybourn av., suicided. Gas.
When Judge Dowse was practicing
at the Bar a judge asked:
"For whom are you concerned in
this case, Mr. Dowse?"
"I am concerned, my lord, for the
plaintiff; but I am engaged for the
defendant," was the reply.