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religious duties while they Are here.
That is volitional with them.
"Undoubtedly some of the girl
here are; not happy, but that is be
cause, no matter what we may try to
do for them they -haven't the one
thing they value most their liberty.
"Even though the girl's home is a
r hovel and the food she receives is
meager, the girl wants to be free, she
wants liberty, and sometimes that lib
erty is a very pitiful thing, but still
she wants it
"We have girlshere who will not
leave us, who stay because they want
to. There are sixty-seven Magda
lenes here at the present time, -who
realize their own weakness and do
not want to go out into the world
They cannot join the sisterhood be
cause they have fallen and so we
have tlie order of Magdalenes.
"Often girls who have been here
and go out into the world again will
come back and tell us they yrould like
to stay a few days until they can get
something to do.
"But there are always girls who
are pining for freedom and that is the
one thing we cannot give them until
they have served their sentences."
,As I left the House of the Good
Shepherd I looked back. There was
something majestic about it, beauti
ful, restful, but the words of the
mother were ringing in my ears:
"They would rather have a hovel
and their liberty."
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THE RAILROAD RECORDS DON'T
INDICATE "SAFETY FIIRST"
"Safety first" is the gospel of Chi
cago railroads, but if one may judge
' by the records of the coroner's office
their preachment is not their practice.
In Chicago last year 282 people
were killed on the railroads in Chi
cago. True, this is 78 less than the
number slaughtered by the roads in
1913, but credit for the reduction in
fatalities seems more due to the cam
paign of Coroner Peter Hoffman than
t(? the railroads.
"The railroads preach safety fjrst
t moat vigorously, when their purses
are to profit, but hear the' outcry If
the trainmen ask for an extra man
to handle long trains for the expen
diture of a few dollars to insure vbetj
ter protection to the workers," said
James B. Connors, international first
vice president of the Switchmen's
union. "So 'long as the added safety!
comes from increased diligence aneir
energy of the men, all right, bufrthe?
gospel of safety goes by the boaittet
when the expense account is af
In 1914 in Cook county the ratfa
roads killed 100 employes, 13 passen
gers and 169 others. Of these"H73
were killed in the yards and 71" at
The most flagrant offender was wfti
Chicago, Milwaukee & St Paul rcatp
which killed 47, with the Northwest
ern a close second with 44 deaths.1 2
The record of the various roads &
as follows: Milwaukee, 47: Norths
western, 44; Illinois Central, 38; Reolfi
,Island, 28; Union Pacific, 12; C. &&tta
Tnd., 10; Grand Trunk. 10; LafaM
Shore, 10; Alton, 8; C. & E. Ly&p
Michigan Central, 7; Santa Fe, 5l
Chicago Junction, 5; Chicago Beli, 4;
Big Four, 4; B. & O., 4; E., J. & E,'3f
Ind. Harbor Belt 3; Wabash, 2ijl
C. H. T. T., 2; C. I. & S., 1; Soo, 1&
C. & W. I., 1; C. & G. W., 1; C. & Cvri
1; Pennsylvania, 1; unknown, 3. W
The roads which had no fatalities
were: Chicago, Cincinnati & LoUlsl
ville; -Chicago, Lake Shore & Eastern
and Chicago- & Illinois Western. -
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CHICAGO BRIEFS s
Christian Ahrens, 70, 3764 Sheffield
av., dead. Gas. Thought suicide. ?
Mary Boucek, 2622 S. Hamlin av.,
suicided. Gas. Reason unknown. &
r Jnnsiwicz, 4726 W. Hurorfja
ouicide. Gun. Ill health . of
policewomen Tailed to corroborate1
Btory of Agnes Zimba, 16. Says ih.$&
was kidnapped in auto.
Young ' man representing Mafk4
Morton visited Lake Forest and pald&
up bills. Morton refused to talk.