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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 08, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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LETTERS TO EDITOR
TO READERS:
When writingfleifers to The Day
Book for publication please follow
Day Book principles and BOIL down
your story. Some letters are too
long. We get many we can't publish
because of their great length. We
want to give readers an opportunity
to give publicity to their thoughts
and ideas, but if all will boil down a
bit we can get more in. Editor.
CENSORING DANCES
Editor Day Book When will us
poor benighted sons and daughters of
workingmen get a rest from these old
betterment screechers, theorists,
theologians and tango teachers?
Now they come butting into oui
dances, to censor and to chaperone
municipal dances governed by the
sassiety wimmins from the lake front
and others of their ilk who come
over on the west side to regulate and
reform our dances and our amuse
ments and to elevate us socially.
Let me say that if they would stay
over north and wake up some of
those old sassiety crows that shine
Eke a dead herring floating down the
Chicago river on a moonlight night,
with all their jewels and bare chests,
and better the condition of some of
us primeval barbarians (as I over
hear done of them remark at the big
Dreamland dance) they would be
putting their efforts to better advan
tage. What if a big teamster should slip
his arm round the waist of a pretty
bindery girl while sitting in the gal
lery of a two-bit jig emporium? Don't
the plutes pull the same stuff in the
palm gardens and dark corners of
the more select dances? And if a
hodcarrier does get intQ a jam with
a carpenter who is trifling with his
heart's desire and abrupts the dance
only as long as it takes to throw him
out should the rest be punished by
having sassiety censors.
Now wouldn't this make a great,
T story for the front page of a morn
ing paper: "Society Woman Slugged
at Dance"? The readers of The Day
Book know that at most of the work
ing people's dances introductions are
not necessary, as things are now;
and if a good-looking censoress
should mingle at random in a crowd
ed hall she might be asked for the
"next." Sure she would be shocked,
and no doubt would tell the creature
that she was never introduced to him
and further bawl him out. Well, if
said creature had been imbibing too
much of the loosening fluid he might
take it as if she were trying to make
a fool of him and he might slap her
in the mouth. (Very improbable but
quite possible.) And then curtains
for the dance hall.
They are not of us. They live,
move and have their being very much
different from us. They can't see
why we drink beer. They can't see
why our environments are bad. They
can't see why we eat cheap food
(when there are so many luscious
grape fruit to be purchased). They
can't see why we don't appreciate
plays like Heda Gabler, why we don't
appreciate art, opera, the works of
Milton. And they are shocked that
we attend 10-cent movies, and won
der how it is that some of us eat
with our knives; and then to alle
viate all this they spend their dough
on salaries for foundation fund ex
perts (whatever they may be) and in
vestigators and professors of euge
nicks and a lot of geosofussers to bet
ter the welfare of the working people.
And as a means of solving the un
employment problem they put a lot
of their pet lackeys to work on the
cause and give all their old clothes
to an organized bummery to give to
the poor. Well, if any of you fellows
ever get up against it and ask said
bummery for a pair of old shoes or
any old clothes, just don't go around
unless you have got the price in your
kick, because they sell at second
hand store prices, only they don't
pay license. I know this to be a fact
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