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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN
A Chance for Carter H. Mayor
Harrison has taken a stand for pub
lic ownership of public utilities.
GoodT He has a bully chance to get
quick action. There is a golden op
portunity for municipal ownership of
a telephone system in Chicago. We
can agree with telephone experts
that the phone business is a natural
monopoly. I'm for that, PROVIDED
that the people themselves own and
operate the natural monopoly.
Two phone systems in a town are
as absurd as two postofflces would
e. We have ONE postal system
'owned and operated by the govern
ment. There is no competition, no
war, in the letter-carrying business.
There need be none in the message
carrying business, even when the
messages are carried by wire.
The Penny Phone League has
made a good start on a good fight for
municipal ownership of telephones.
Let Mayor Harrison join in and help
put a phone in every home, with se-'
cret and excellent service at a penny
a call. '
Chicago has the best chance she
ever had to get public ownership of
one public utility. Let's start with
the telephone system.
ONE WOMAN'S EXPERIENCE
Editor Day Book These reform
ers and vice chasers are simply wast
ing their time because they will never
stamp out commercial vice. They
are wasting the state's money which
the poor people are paying for taxes;
and most of the girls that are in this
life are from well-to-do families.
I don't write to hear myself talk;
I write this from experience, as I was
a fallen woman oncemyself. The way
they make them out to be is not
right. They are not as bad as people
think they -are.
AfterIrIefttheSoutli Side I held
four or five positions. Men working
there and others coming in would
recognize me and say to the pro
prietor: "Oh, I know that girl. She
is from the red light district." The
manager would call me and ask me
what I had to say. Nothing, of course.
Then he would tell me it was impos
sible to keep me employed there. I
would go home discouraged and
Now, let them take the girls to the
farms and homes and teach them
how to earn a decent living. It seems
almost impossible for a girl who has
once been a fallen woman to get a
After all this experience I decided
to get married, thinking that would
make things better. Then every time
I would go out any place my husband
would say: "Well, I suppose you have
been out to the old haunts again."
When I thought one quarrel was
over I would have another. If I
dressed up a little "I was out for
other men." If I didn't dress up "I
was a careless woman going around
adl the time half dressed."
Now, what are you going to do;
trying to please a person and can't?
I think that these women who are
going around after these girls ought
to look after their own daughters and
some poor orphans that need help.
I don't think that the fallen women
need anybody to look after them.
When it comes to charity the fallen
women are the only ones who have a
Another thing I want to say is that
they have the girls all scattered
around in the flat buildings where
young children and girls are living,
and see men going and coming all the
Don't you think it would be better
to have a place like they had out
south for these girls instead of
around Chicago where children can
see what's going on?
I have two children, a boy and girl
and it would break my heart if they
ever .knew anything that was going
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