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Mayor Harrison was converted to the
anti-segregation policy, policemen
didn't know where they stood. They
felt they were carrying out adminis
tration policy by letting vice alone
or protecting it Yet when there was
a public outcry and- crusade they
had to stand the brunt of public crit
icism. At various times certain offi
cers had to walk the plank.
That some officers grafted under
the old system is not surprising, when
the chances they had for "easy
money" is considered. They doubt
less accepted favors from so-called
vice kings and feared the political in
fluence of these rulers of the levee.
In many instances officers went
farther than they would have gone
had they not believed their superiors
were winking at what was going on,
and accepted the support of the rulers
of the underworld. The political in
fluence of the vice lords was known
and recognized. They were powerful
enough to have policemen trans
ferred or otherwise punished for get
ting too busy in interference with
the vice traffic.
It wasn't surprising that police of
ficers felt their own position were
stronger if they had the political pro
tection of these rulers of the levee.
For officers who had undertaken to
enforce the law on their own hook
were punished because of the pull of
the men whose "business" they in
Now, however, a police officer
should know where he stands. Mayor
Harrison has made his position clear.
He is against segregated and pro
tected prostitution and is now against
all forms of crime Any officer should
be safe in enforcing every law or city
ordinance. He has a right to assume
that the mayor will protect him in the
performance of his duty.
I don't know how the new policy
will pan out, but I think it is well
worth trying. If segregation is favor
ed, then segregation should be a pub
lie policy and all graft eliminated. If
it is not favored, then it will not be
easy for any officer of the law to
graft without getting caught at it.
Either policy is better than the old
one of pretending to enforce the law
while secretly permitting its violation
and then making policemen the goats
when there was public outcry.
Evidently Mayor Harrison is not
hugging the delusion that he or any
body else can eliminate prostitution
from human society by merely en
forcing statutory laws. In all the
world's history no man has yet arisen
who was wise enough to solve this
Before it can be solved other big
problems must be solved. Personally
I believe we will have to eliminate
poverty and make over human nature
before we can make any headway
against the oldest of human pursuits.
At any rate, Chicago will now have
a chance to see what vice will do
when unprotected. I find I am doing
what most of us do, using the word
vice to mean only one of the many
forms of what we call vice.
If it does no more than to put out
of business the men who lived on the
shame of women, it will have done
something worth while.
But even after all of her masters
all of the male parasites who live on
the prostitution of women are
taken off herback, I wonder what"
the woman is going to do to make
a living. ,
I wonder who is going to help the
fallen woman to arise and to stand
after she has risen.
And I wonder if men are going to
quit driving women to that life.
I wonder if all men and all women
will do anything to save women from
that trade by seeing to it that they
have a chance to earn a decent liv
ing in the commercial and industrial
I wonder if we will do any more
than we have done to insure a wage'
for young men, so that they may'
marry, support a wife and raise a
family of children.
I I wonder if we will do anything taj
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