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of the brothers in the Anti-Saloon League. But if I knew the good that
had been done by all of them, I am quite sure my" opinion of the good they
don't do would be just what it was when I wrote that criticism.
That criticism was not lightly made. I am old enough to be the
father of seven children and the grandfather of four and five-ninths'
grandchildren. I have been in the newspaper business over thirty years,
and have come in Contact with-many kinds of leagues, including the ones
Brother Parwell is actively interested in.
I have seen zealous members of law and order leagues engaged in
their favorite sport chasing with the heavy hand of the law the unfor
tunate sisters on the so-called underworld Farwell's sisters and my sis
ters, however low they may have fallen In the estimation of such zealots
as Arthur Burrage Parwell.
I have read something of the history of civilization, and I find no
book more interesting than the Bible. Every time I read the Bible, as I sat
for hours reading the new testament
last night, I almost pray what so
called Christian ministers could only
understand the Christianity of Christ
and become Christians.
s Every time I read In the newspa
pers of a crusade against vice, of a
raid of the tenderloin by the police,
I like to read and read over again this
little story of the gospel according to
. St John:
"Jesus went unto the mount of
Olives. And early in the morning he
came again, into the temple, and all
the people came unto him; and he
sat down and taught fhem.
"And the scribes and Pharisees
" brought unto him a woman taken in
adultery; and when they had set her
in the midst, they say unto him, Mas
ter, this woman was taken in adul
tery, in the very act.
"Now Moses in the law command
ed us, that such should be stoned;
but what sayest thou? This they
said tempting him, that tney might
have to accuse him.
"But Jesus stooped down, and with
his finger wrote on the ground, as
though he heard them not. So when
they continued asking him, he lifted
up himself, and said unto them, He
that is without sin among you, let
him first cast a stone at her.
"And again he stooped down, and
wrote on the ground.
"And they which heard it, being
convicted by their own conscience,
vent out one by one, beginning at
the eldest, even unto the last: and
Jesus was left alone, and the woman
standing in the midst.
"When Jesus had lifted up himself,
and saw none but the woman,, he said
unto her, Woman, where are those
thine accusers? Hath no man ac
"She said, No man, Lord. And
Jesus said unto'her, Neither do I con
demn thee; go, and sin no more."
I have read the report of the Chi
cago1 Vice Commission, signed by
various preachers, priests, rabbis and
prominent citizens. I have read there
that "prostitution in is city is a
COMMERCIALIZED BUSINESS of
large proportions with tremendous
profits of more" than Fifteen Million
Dollars per year, controlled largely by
men, not women. Separate the male
exploiter from the problem, and we
minimize its extent and abate its
flagrant outward expression."
In reading further, I find this same'
eminent authority saying:
"The life of an unprotected girl
who tries to make a living in a great
city is full of torturing temptations..
First, she faces the problem of living'
on an inadequate wage: Six dollars
a week is the average in mercantile
establishments. . . . The girl who"
has no home soon learns vof 'city pov
erty,' all the more cruel to her be
cause of the artificial contrasts. She
quickly learns of the possibilities
about her, of the joys of comfort.