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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 29, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 10

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FIGHT FOR SHELTER HOME TO SAVE
WOMEN OF REDLIGHT DISTRICT
Woman's humanity to woman will
be tested April 6 when the bond is
sue to provide for a house of shelter
for unfortunate women -of Chicago
will come up for vote. "
"Vote for this measure," pleads
Kate Adams of Coulter House. "I
will feel very sad if any women vote
against the issue, if they vote to re
fuse the unfortunate ones aid and the
chance to rise from the slough of sin.
"This shelter house which is pro
posed would be a great big home
where the wayward girl just erring or
the hardened woman of the street
could be sent to protect society from
them and to protect them from so
city. Today the wayward girl is not
treated fairly. All she gets from the
state is punishment in the form of a
fine which throws her deeper into the
mire of prostitution.
"It has been agreed by all who are
learned in the subject that fining a
girl is simply shoving her more se
curely into the grip of a man master
or professional bondsman and can
not accomplish any good. This fin
ing law has been on the statute books
since 1840, and for 75 years it has
wrecked an injury to the girl. After
a year in prosecuting these cases,
Geo. L. Raker, ass't corporation
counsel, has drawn a legislative bill
abolishing the fining system. This
has been introduced by Rep. John J.
Gardner.
"Unless this law passes it will con
tinue impossible for any judge to
withdraw from society girls who are
mentally affected or bodily diseased,
often a menace to communities. He
will have no way of enforcing train
ing in useful occupations, believing
the only thing which can save incom
petents from continuing in the mer
chandising cf their bodies.
"There is salvation for these girls
of the streets. Girls guilty of moral
lapses are like other girls, and I have
known those whom I know possessed
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every virtue except chastity. They
are frequently unselfish, grateful,
eager to return kindness, thoughtful
in Helping each otrer, self contained
in bearing sorrow and eager to learn.
"Girls of 20 must often be treated
as if but children of 8 or 10, their
true mental age. But they all respond
to kindness and to earnest desire to
aid them. Girls addicted to liquor
and drug habits are the most serious
cases, but they do not try the pa
tience as much as those who con
tinue to love men who brutally mis
treat them.
"The country girl submits to an
indiscretion. To bury her shame she
flies to the city. Inexperienced, un- .
sophisticated, she quickly falls into
the hands of the police. These kind,
are the easiest to save. They con
stitute a very hopeful type, as evil is
new to them. But they need atten
tion, care, inspiration to do good; a
kind motherly word from out of hard
ened surroundings will melt the
sternest of souls to repentance. Oh,
it is pitiful to think of fining one of
these young girls so new to crime,
forcing her to share her money of
sin sending her back into the street
to earn more to make up for that tak-
en by the court.
"To be able to help all of these
poor wayward girls and lift them to
good lives and true happiness we
must have the shelter house, and we
must abolish the fining system. It
would be a horrible crime for the
bond issue for the shelter house to be
defeated April 6."
Vice President Marshall is to have
a flag of his own. It will be useful In
making trains stop at Columbia City,
Ind.
Hudson Maxim has a new inven
tion to reveal submarines. Next
thing we know he'll be putting elec
tric lights in Davy Jones' locker.
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