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cuse for tolerating the tiling we hate
not the courage to stamp out at its
A mother of a 16ear-old girl told
me that some of thevboys in the
school the girl attends had been mak
ing insulting remarks to the girls.
The remark was one that most of
the girls did not wholly understand,
' but instinct told them it was insulting
and the little girl of whom I write
asked her mother just what the boys
meant and discovered that it was an
Yet those boys did not inBult those
girls because of their clothing, but
because they had not been taught tiy
their mothers to respect womanhood.
Not long since a girl of 15 told a
teacher that one of the male teach
ers had a habit of familiarly touch
ing her. He touched her in such a
manner that there was no room for
doubt of his intention. Yet when the
matter was brought to the attention
of a committee the decision of the
committee was that as the girl was
only 15 the school teacher meant no
harm in touching her, but the girl
had reached the age when she at
tributed harm to harmless actions.
It wasn't the clothes that girl wore
that made the man take advantage
of her youth to excuse indecent ac
tions. Since we have not the courage as
women to demand a single standard
of morality, let us at least follow our
own inclinations and our own indi
If we long for voluminous gowns
let us wear them because we believe
tneru becoming o us and not be
cause we place any "weight on one of
the many excuses men have invented
And if we long for clinging gowns
let us wear them without apologies
and with the knowledge that to the
pure all things axe pure and no
amount of concession to the depraved
mind will remove its depravity.
Don't let us become so utterly fooL-
'sh that we can find an evidence) of
evil when a healthy young girl leaves
her throat uncovered.
STATE DEPT. TAKES BIG STEP
ALL FOR NINE BABIES
Washington, D. C Nov. 21. The
machinery of the great government
of the United States is sometimes im
portant. Despite its enormous re
sources it occasionally finds a prob
lem which it is forced to admit is
baffling. Today the state department
is confronted with a very human one
and it says it is powerless.
In war swept Galicia, Mrs. Jacob J.
Silnik, naturalized American, found
herself marooned when was was de
clared. Her husband and their nine
children are in Chicopee, Mass. The
children are crying for their mother.
The father is nearly frantic. He tried
to locate his wife, who left America
July 18, to visit her .mother in a small
village near Tarnow, in Galicia. His
letters were returned unopened. He
appealed to half a dozen New Eng
land representatives in congress for
help. They asked the state depart
ment to find the wife and mother. It
tried and had to acknowledge failure.
But Silnik will not accept that ac
knowledgement. He has again ap
pealed to the state department and
another effort was made today to aid
him. Cables were sent to Ambassa
dor Penfield and the consul general
at Vienna and they will try again de
spite Penfield's last word that "Mrs.
Silnik not traceable."
The reason rwell in his letter Sil
"Here are the nine children asking,
for their mother."
If Mrs. Silnik is alive she is to be
found and restofed to her babies.
The state department so promises.
The captain cried; "Cease shooting,
But couldn't sttop the chaps;
It was a troup of Sengalese
And they were shooting craps.
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