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WOMAN DOCTOR SAYS RICH WOMEN MEET
THEIR AFFINITIES IN MARSHALL FIELD'S
"Fathers of best families are sup
porting prostitution. Why don't you
go after the big sinners instead of al
ways hounding the Tittle, victims that
are found in the redlight district.
Why don't you go after the fashion
able women who are meeting their
affinities in Marshall Field's every
afternoon for the purpose of going to
hotels?" A shocked and embarrassed
roomful of spectators and vice prob
ers heard Dr. Rosalie Ladova make
this statement before the health com
mittee. "I hear so much of the women of
the underworld; of their subnormal
ity, and I've heard them condemned
to jail. Now you want to isolate
them; send them to the pesthouse as
a means of cleansing us of vice.
"But you never talk of the real
causes. You never try to remedy
those. I think the Illinois Senate
Committee on Vice came the nearest
when it attacked low wages.
, "A wine dinner looks good to a
working girl who has to live on 10
cent lunches. Low wages and lone
liness are the principal factors in
"Repressive measures have accom
plished no results. We have no right
to condemn prostitution if we don't
give the girls a chance to make a
"What we need is a $10 a week
In explaining her statement about
the trysting place in Marshall Field's,
Dr. Ladova said that rich women
come down town, leave their elec
trics on Randolph street, while their
affinities drive their own machines
around on Statex street. Then, she
said, the couples drive off in the
men's machine to some hotel.
The Cook County Hospital came
in for, criticism from Kate Adams,
head of the Coulter House. She also
declared for a, minimum wage of, 9.
"The venereal peril outweighs .ev
ery other subject," she said. "There
were about 15,000 cases being treated
at various medical clinics last year.
"Forty out of every 62 operations
performed on women at the Cook
County Hospital were due to causes
of venereal diseases.
"Cook County Hospital is the only
place where acute cases are accepted.
I sent two there, and the girls eame
out worse than when they went in.
Salvarsan was needed, and they
wouldn't give the treatment, because
they didn't have money. One girl was
dismissed before she was cured, col
lapsed three times, and was ill in bed
three weeks after leaving the hospi
tal. The other came out with her
face infected with syphilis. The cdn-
ditions are fearful, wards over
crowded, and lack of care every
where. I would never send another
person to that institutitn.
"In spite of many opinions to the
contrary, poverty, inadequate wages,
and poor food are the real cause of
Dr. Harris, Pres. of Northwestern
"We must get at the base of the
subject. Study it. Let us calj on a
group of our best citizens, appoint a
morals commission, give them plenty
of time a hundred years', if neces
sary and they may reu-ody it"
Aid. Cullerton spoke of department
stores making prostitutes.
CASES ARE NON-SUITED
All' but seven of the 124 cases of
conspiracy and disorderly conduct
against the union waitresses who
were arrested for picketing in front
of Henrici's were non -suited today in
the courts of Judges Stewart and
Bowles. The other seven come up
today. They may also be non-suited.
Swiss girls are gradually forsaking
the domestic employments for posi
tions in offices and shops.