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THE PUBLIC FORUM
By Roswell F. Connor
I want a short vacation,
But don't know where to'go.
I hate to leave fllis-vflear old town,
Where the breezes always blow.
I would not go to Buffalo,
Or the town of cod and beans;
I'd just as soon go to Mattoon
Or down to New Orleans.
I used to go to Mackinac
And up to Manistee.
I have never been to Osh-a-kosh,
But have been to Petoskee.
I may go out to 'Frisco,
Just to see the show.
A southern route, I could return
And see old Pueblo.
I've thought of Kansas City,
But it's torrid on the Kaw;
Not quite as warm as Council Biuffs
Or that smart town, Omaha.
In fact, I don't know where to go;
I am telling but the truth.
Some recommend far St. Paul,
While others say Duluth.
Some do exploit fair Detroit,
The home of Henry Ford.
But I do not want an auto,
The expense I can't afford.
Some nights I get so worried,
About this vacation trip.
I know I'm growing thin just now
And can scarcely sleep a bit'
I have about made up my mind
To not go away at all.
Just wait till it grows warmer,
Early in the fall.
TO THE RATIONALIST. I felt
sad, too, dear little Rationalist, when
I read your answer to Geraldine, Zita
and Maxine. How can you say you
have reformed, or that' you have l
abandoned the life? I know to the
contrary. I hope to change my life
entirely when I reform not half way
Your praise of Miss Adams is un-
fair. She does not deserve one word
of praise. No professional reformer,
who reforms for a paid consideration,
is sincere. Geraldine, Zita and Max
ine are right in what they say. Why
should they be living in destitution
while Miss Adams, Mr. Farwell, Major
Funkhouser, Mr. Thrasher and the
others are paid enormous salaries?
Do the good people of Chicago know
that these reformers and charity
fakers are themselves getting 60 per
cent of all that is given? "Reform
ing" is a paying profession, but what
will the reformers do for a living
when vice is gone?
Miss Adams, I am told, has made
thousands yearly out of Coulter
House. I positively know that she
and Major Funkhouser and a Jewish
doctor tried to put a little woman in
an insane asylum when the woman
had the goods on Funkhouser's men.
Why do not these reformers turn
their efforts on the thieves, cut
throats and murderers and leave
alone the immoral women who harm
nobody but themselves? Every re
former would run from the thieves.
That work would be too dangerous.
Miss Adams is selGsh and unjust
She places all the punishment on the
woman and the man gpes free. She
should have framed a law for the
men. But if she had it never would
have passed. The men should be
fined or imprisoned When the men
are punished equally with the women
vice to some extent will disappear.
Be just and fair, dear little glrL
Don't let an illusion turn your head.
When a woman will place her sister
in a county insane asylum and later
scrape up evidence on the judge who .
befriended her that she might stand
in with a politician that woman is not
to be trusted Von were the tool in
that case. My heart aches for you.
1 really am sincere when I say I would