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bargo on arms and munitions or
withdrawing it has the same effect
on either one, both functions being
treated alike. Vincent Hoier, Sister
THE REDLIGHT. Another writer
is pleading to have the redlight dis
trict reopened. I hope this will never
It is true that some women are
more amorous than others, a perfect
ly natural condition; and in most in
stances these women have warm,
generous hearts. But it is unbeliev
able that they can endure, without
expostulations, twenty attacks a day
by men, many of whom are in various
stages of intoxication and disease.
Such conditions have existed in the
redlight district, and then all is not
If the girls, amorous as many may
be, prefer such a life to death, it is
because the hope never leaves their
breasts that some day some way they
may be able to leave that dreadful
life and live a normal existence.
I think too much of women to be
lieve anything else. No man would
give way to such excesses in one
day, but whoever cries for a redlight
district is willing that such condi
tions may be inflicted on its inmates.
It cannot be otherwise, for their
lives are very short and the white
slavers, with all their activity, can
not supply the demand.
I believe that most of the girls on
the street are more s'inned against
than sinning. No one believes that
the prostitutes are sinners and that
all the rest of the people are saints.
I heard of a prostitute in a western
town who supplied her widowed
mother and little sister in the east by
her earnings on the street in the red
But such an unnatural life (the
redlight advocates are constantly ap
pealing to a return to natural life in
the district.) This natural life, as
they are pleased to call it, sent the
girl to an. early grave. ,
Her mother came west and was
prostrated at the news of how ner
daughter had supported her and her
little daughter. '
I read in The Day Book not long'
ago of a man, a drug fiend, who said
ne was being supported by a girl in
the district through her earnings. He
was taking the drug cure and when
cured he would marry the girl and'
take her away from that life.
They do not love that life and
would be happy to be away from it
forever. Such women are not bad
women. They are better than nianyt
women who never saw a redlight dis-i
trict What a blessing they would be'
to humanity if only they had had a
better chance in the world.
It is for this I would keep the red-
light district closed. I would not let
thoughtless girls enter, even if they
wanted to go, any more than I would'
permit a thoughtless. one to set off a
giant firecracker on the Fourth oft
As far as most of the young girls
who go there can see are the bright t
lights, the gay clothes and the easy
money. But how deceived they are!i
The easy money they get little or I
none of it The gay clothes they do
The real life that was not depicted r
to them is loathsome. But once)
there they think they have to remain I
or starve. And it looks very much the)
true state of affairs.
But I am confident it will not al-J
ways be so. I wish things could be)
changed in a twinkling and every girlT
have, not only a living wage, but the
comforts and pleasures of life. I wish 1
the same for every young man. ""
But, in the meantime, young man, )
do not let such heavy burdens fall onl
the girls' shoulders. J
Some say marriage is a man-made 1
law. I believe it is more than that. J
It was evolved to protect women and
little children, and also to protect t
men, for the happiest man is the fam-1
When a man seeks his mate there