Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
TELLS WOMEN STORIES OF RICH
GIRLS WHO GO AWAY
George J. Kneeland, of the Amer
ican Social Hygiene Society, shocked
the good women attending the Gen
eral Federation of- Women's Clubs
convention when he said that the so
called "fallen" women came from the
homes of the prosperous as well as
from the homes of the poor.
He said he had in his possession
the names of 300 girls who had come
from the homes of the wealthy; girls
who had been members of Bible
classes and who had every luxury but
who had taken the primrose path.
He said there were a lot of girls
living in fine homes who were what
are called "charity" girls that is
they do not sin for money, but for
pleasure. They will not mix with the
people they know, he declared, but
will welcome good-looking strangers.
"These 'charity girls" are not forc
ed by economic necessity to go into
careers of vice," said Kneeland.
"They usually become professionals
after two or three years of the life
of vice at home, however. But many
come from homes such as yours.
There are on our lists, cashiers, ticket
sellers, girls employed in stores and
offices. But many of them live at
home in idleness. Their fathers own
yachts and automobiles.
"The girls are not feeble minded
or sub-normal, either. We have let
ters from several of them, showing
they are well educated and alert. We
have pictures of them taken in
amusement parks and I am sure you
would say they look like normal
American school girls; daughters of
respectable and prosperous parents.
"With almost all girls there is a
spirit of rebellion against the home,
against the dullness, and the strict
ness of home life. They seem to
have a fierce desire to break away
from the restraint put upon them, to
go to a big city, to get some excite
ment that the small town does not
"The girls speak with bitterness
against their parents. They laugh
over the fact that they can 'put it
over on the old woman,' as they say.
'My father would kill me,' said one
to our inspector, 'if he knew I was
going out this way with a stranger.'
"The 'charity girls' talk to
strangers, however. They call the
boys of their own age who go out
with them 'boobs.' 'I won't go out
with any boy in this town,' said one.
'If I did he would tell everything. All
these "boobs" want to do is to walk
up and down Main street. You have
to ask them to squeeze your hand,
and they say good night on the porch
and beat it as though they were
"It seems incredible that girls (of
this kind should be intimate with men
unknown to them. They prefer to
meet strangers or married men. Se
crecy is the base of all their exploits.
They present a demure and innocent
front and are aften prominent in the
"There are girls of this type in your
town. Find them and give them the
help that only a woman who remem
bers her own girlhood can give. It is
largely the mothers' fault that there
are so many of this type of girls.
Their mothers are too modest to tell
them the truth. Many of them are
diseased and don't know it. They
think, it is a condition peculiar to wo
men. They have never had the coun
sel needed to keep them right.
"Clubwomen of the right sort can
give these girls the knowledge they
ought to have. They can provide
proper amusement for them, so that
they will be willing to remain in the
WON'T ENDORSE UNION LABEL .
A committee representing the Chi
cago Union Label League was turn
ed down when it sought to interest
delegates to the General Federation
of Women's Clubs in a plan to en
dorse the union label on all goods.
The delegates were not given a hearing.
.)cfc'-daCitet - ..,f Tjjfo
i "f J-fr iyn-Trinifr-TfiititriMifiiMl'