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their life. (3) The infliction of the
death penalty" for FIRST offenders.
(4) Life imprisonment for each fe
male of the species seen wearing a
diaphanous skirt or a peek-a-boo
waist or silk embroidered stockings.
N. B. None of these ideas is copy
righted, so take your choice.
Now let us hear from some able
doctor of physiology and see if there
a remedy within the reach of all
youth, with red blood in their veins,
and as the father of sons old enough
to have to face this baffling problem
I will thank him in advance.
J. W. T.
. A DRASTIC REMEDY. I am not
a constant reader of your book, but
I happened to pick up a copy this
morning as I cleaned up the rooms of
my home. I have several roomers.
I suppose one of them or one of their
guests brought it into the house. My
eye caught the article signed G. A. P.
on the subject of "Prostitution Not
Necessary." I fully agree with him
that it is not necessary, but I go one
" further. If there are in this world
men (must I call them such) who are j
so incapable of the necessary will
power to live, pure, clean lives, wor
thy of the name of manhood, that
they must indulge in prostitution to
save their reason, let me say it is not
worth saving. f
The sooner they go out of the
world the better for the world. The
sooner they go into the. confines of
an insane asylum the fewer there will
be left on earth to inherit criminal
madness. But there is another way
to look at it. I have sons and daugh
ters and can judge fairly; and let me
say it, I think that any male human
creature who is responsible for the
ruin of a -pure, sweet girl should be
compelled by law to pay the price of
his manhood for the sin. He should
be so treated as to never again have
,a possibility of even desire. He should
be made as are the animals, a mere
beast of burden, with the horrors of
the knowledge of all he has lost to be
to him always a reminder of his sin.
This treatment of all who sinned
in this way would soon prove that
prostitution was not necessary and
save for pure, beautiful motherhood
the thousands of sweet, young girls
who are being sacrificed to the lust
of poor, weak-minded men who
should rather be executed than al
lowed at large. If it was justified to
use bloodhounds in the search of the
escaping slave, how much more justi
fiable would be parents of ruined
daughters in turning loose a pack of
these bloodthirsty hounds on the
track of the destroyer of their child's
happiness. Something must be done.
Nothing is too drastic. M. A. S.
NEWSPAPER LYING. In the
course of business today I passed a
newsstand, and the headline of a
prominent and widely circulated
newspaper, caught my. eye. In let
ters at least an inch and a half high
it proclaimed that there had been a
RIOT at Hull House on Sunday.
'As I had already seen an account
of the Sunday meeting at Hull House,
where a portion of the audience had
the exceedingly bad taste to refuse
to listen to Miss Addams, preferring
to march in a chilling rainstorm, I
wondered how a reputable newspaper
could exhibit such a lack of con
science as to print such a misleading
Refusing to listen to Miss Addams
at a public meeting was not a riot.
It might have led to one, but why
should a newspaper that ought to tell
the truth as near as possible, even in
its headlines, lie about it I can see
no reason unless it is to sell more
papers. If so, what better in a moral
sense is that newspaper than the man
who sells the Masonic Temple to an
innocent and ignorant countryman?
If there any moral difference between
a publisher who will resort to such
tricks to sell papers and the man who
plays with loaded dice?
But the newspapers, like all the
rest of us, are the sjaves of an eoo-