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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 28, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 6

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And I wonder how much the cru
sade against vice is going to hurt
business. I am told that many big
firms in Chicago have men in their
employ who entertain out-of-town
customers by showing them the
sights. When theTSvejleigh Club was
one of the best advertised resorts in
the world, sedate business men from
other cities who came to Chicago to
buy goods were taken there as pail
of their entertainment; and the em
ployes who bought wine and blew
themselves to give customers a good
time were allowed a big expense ac
count for that purpose.
But only when a big crusade is on
can the newspapers run stories of the
underworld and let the whole town
in on the sport. All the editors need
is a plausible excuse.
How many of us are as "good" as
we would like to have others think
we are?
Our Bathing Beaches. When near
30,000 people turn out to splasli in the
lake on Sunday, at the local bathing
beaches, that's a good indication.
There is a big bunch of happiness
and good feeling mingled in that mob
of bathers. And happiness and good
feeling are worth while.
A great big share of the bathers are
young girls. And another big share of
them are boys around the ages of 18
to 22. The one big drawback to most
of the bathing beaches is that some
of the boys seem to be out at the
bathing beaches more for the purpose
of bothering the girls than for the
purpose of joining with the bunch and
having a good time.
There are life guards out in row
boats who drift around and try to
keep all the more daring swimmers
out of danger. More power to 'em.
And now why wouldn't it be a good
idea to have another set of "guards"
to protect young girls from insulting
remarks and insulting actions?
The "fresh" habits of the few boys
who "don't know how to act," as the
girls say, would soon be checked if
the offenders were put off the beach
when reported to some official.
Then, with them out of the way,
everybody could go ahead and have a
good time, unmolested. To get the
best out of our fine bathing beaches
the rowdies must go. Then more
folks will turn out when they know
that the treatment accorded them is
going to ge gentlemanly.
As an illustration of how the insults
work. One girl at a North Side bath
ing beach Sunday came out of the
bathhouse with red stockings on. Im
mediately several rowdies took up a
hissing cry and followed her around.
As a result she finally was forced to
etrurn to the bathing house. Shortly
afterward she and a party of half
dozen other girls who were with her,
left the beach. There were plenty of
other girls with crimson-colored hos
iery, but they happened to be with
escorts. This girl was alone when
she appeared on the beach. H. M. C.
letterstcTeditor
Editor Day Book: Why are unfor
tunate women blamed for the "social
evil" while little is said of their pa
trons? There must be two parties in
this "evil." It is as though prohibi
tionists should condemn the seller of
liquor and excuse the drinker. A par
allel case is found in the former status
of actors. They were of a low order,
but "nobles" might watch them act.
Evidently these women furnish
what reputable men demand. If it be .
right to supply the demand, the wo
men should not be disturbed. If
wrong, the men should be traced and
punished. The lot of these women is
bad enough. Let them alone, or fur
nish opportunity, via single tax, for
the 5,000 Chicago girls annually forc
ed into the business C. F. Hunt, 530
Aldine Av.
Editor Day Book: All this "effort"
to get the vice kings is bunk. The
trust press, big business, the United
Charities and the majority of the
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