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STRANDED CHORUS GIRllS BECOME FEATURE
OF MORALS COURT
struggle for existence. And some of
"I think it would be a good idea
if the theatrical peoplo started some
sort of a fund out of which these
girls could be sent to their homes
during the summer time. Chicago
S too hard for a strange girl fighting
life's big struggles.""
In the Morals Court the other day
a case was brought up that showed
distinctly the need of betfer protec
tion for chorus girls. Two young
girls, extremely pretty, were brought
in, charged with soliciting.
It was apparent they were not
"regulars." In broken voioes they
told their story. They had been in
the show business for one season.
They saw bright futures ahead. But
the show closed in May. Each had a
small sum laid aside, but that soon
went. And then they met two .men
one day through a theatrical friend.
There was a much-needed dinner, a
restful auto ride and then the other.
The judge paroled them.
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PRISONERS IN RIOT DEMAND
Stranded chorus girls, who get
"down and out", miles from home in
the summer time and then go out on
the streets at night to earn money
with which to live, are becoming
daily features of the Morals Court.
Chicago is the biggest theatrical
center west of New York. It is in
this city that hundreds of fly-by-night
companies dump their members each
In Chicago they must lay around
sometimes as long as six months un
til they catch a company going out in
the fall. During this song lack of
work they must do something to keep
body and soul together.
Many of the chorus girls come
from poor homes in faraway cities.
They can get no money from home.
So they must live out their existence
in a strange city the best way they
And that is why pretty little danc
ing girls, with the faces of children,
are being brought into the Morals
Court with such startling frequency.
It seems much worse this summer
than ever before. The regular the
ater was dealt a hard blow by the
movies. Some actors and actresses
have had as many as a half dozen
engagements during the past season.
And at the end of the season they
find themselves broke.
Judge Goodnow, presiding judge in
the Morals Court; Prosecutor Max
Korshak and Kate Adams, head of
the Coulter House, are now wrest
ling with the problem. Kate Adams
has taken some of them to her refuge
on Calumet avenue.
"It is pitiful to see these girls in the
Morals Court," said Judge Goodnow.
"Some of them come here that are
merely little girls who have started
out with fine ambitions. But in the
summer time when the refuge of a
job is gone they come face to face
with the ugly side of life; with the
New York, July 9. The first suf
frage mutiny in the history of New
York was staged at BlackwelTs Island
penitentiary yesterday when forty
prisoners hurled dishes at the heads
of the keepers and Warden Hayes,
and yelled "We don't want men. Votes
As a result, Miss Katherine E.
Davis, commissioner of corrections,
who was attending Mrs. O. H. P. Bel
mont's suffrage gathering at New
port at the time, faces the task of
dealing with the first serious out
break which has occurred in penal
institutions since she assumed office.
Five keepers and several prisoners
were 'taken to the hospital severely
cut about the face after quiet had
been restored by the firing of a pistol
oyer the heads of the mutineera.
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