THE PUBLIC FORUM
THE PHONE DEAL. Is the mayor
of Chicago going to stick with the
people that put him in office or is he
going to switch to Roger's backers?
Will he turn traifor-to the people tfiat
elected him and help the Big Biz in
terests pull off a crooked deal?
Let the mayor and council remem
ber that the Ogden gas deal is still
fresh in the minds of the people. This
" was easy told by their last election.
The only difference is, this is the
Ogden Armour deaL There isn't a
person in the city hall who does not
know the history of the tunnel com
pany and what rotten deals it has
pulled off and "also who has helped it
pull those deals off. If the sections of
the ordinance calling for a penalty if
the company does not live up to the
agreement, is not legal, then is any
1 of tne ordinances legm, auu. sue my
of the ordinances that the council has
passed granting a franchise legal?
What is the use of having an ex-
1 pensive corporation council to draw
up these laws. It would be saving
money for the city to hire a few
clerks and let the corporations have
their lawyers draw up the agree
ments. The loop papers say it is radical to
make the tunnel company live up to
its agreement and the people say it
" would be radical for the city to put
over another Ogden Gas deal. Har
rison said it would never go over
while he wasmayor. A. R.
BIRTH CONTROL. There has
1 been a good deal in The Day Book
lately about birth control and race
suicide. How can the people be
' blamed when they can find no place
for the child or children they already
I have been looking for a five-room
flat and I find that in desirable places
they do not want children. People
who can afford to live in nice places
as a rule do not have children.
With living so high people who
have children cannot have a decent
place for them. I have one child
three years old and must move be
cause he must play in the street, al
though there is a large yard here.
My landlady came down and took me
to task because I hung baby clothes
on the line. So afraid there would
be another child in the house.
In homes where children could be
taken care of nicely and have all ad
vantages they have poodle dogs in
stead. The first question the land
lord or land lady will ask is: "Are
there any children?" And one woman
went so far as to ask me if I intended
to have any more. They want a guar
anty. You can hardly blame the poor
women for risking their lives. It is
not a question of wanting children.
It is: "Is there any room on earth for
another child?" Mrs. W. R. D.
THE INNOCENT MEN. Whether
the moral sense is intuitive or a mat
ter of education is not material. The
absense of a moral sense is often ac
companied by inability to compre
hend a logical proposition.
I asserted that those who contend
for a redlight district as a protection
to innocent women could just as well
contend for a segregated district
where the burglar and the murderer
and the gambler could go in the
search for victims, as a protection to
innocent outsiders. This is so plain
it ought to be obvious.
It is true that gamblers will always
gamble and that murdereres will al
ways Mil. Unless the social body
shall establish equal opportunities
and equal rights and substantially
equal living conditions for each and
every human being.
Then education will enlarge the
moral sense bo that every one will
know that the male prostitute should
be treated by society just the same as p
the female prostitute. Then each
would be banished from society if
proper treatment failed to reform
It is a burning shame for a man to
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