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can sing for joy at an affair of this
kind in question, I am glad to be, in
stead, a Humanitarian. Miss G. H.
WOMEN IN THE MOVIES. In
The Day Book of July 19 the editor
takes issue with a Robert Barton,
who holds that a woman cannot be
in the moving picture profession and
remain virtuous. Now, it seems that
wherever I go or whenever I turn
my head I see endless evidences of
As an instance may be mentioned
that of the way certain lingerie is
hung out on the washline'by the
average woman. Could it not as eas
ily hung out after dark, or, if in
the daytime, on lines farthest away
from the gaze of the morbid and
Then there is the instance of im
morality as shown by the street
sprinkling wagons that are generally
filled to overflowing. For the city to
require some form of draping or hid
den overflow pipes on them would
meet a more than mildly urgent de
mand for certain needed proprieties.
But it almost approaches immoralr
ity to enumerate further. If space
allowed, examples could be multi
plied indefinitely, and a little prac
tice in the art of observing things en
ables one to find more immorality to
the square yard than you can shake
a stick at, as the saying goes.
Now the relation of the sense of
smell to morality may even be a
question worthy of a word or two.
"When," asks a friend, "does an un
buried dead cat become immoral?" I
answer that, all things considered, if
located within the maximum radius
of ten feet from a bedroom window it
is especially prone to influence mo
rality yet only indirectly, since low
ered vitality is a notabJfecause of
much that we call bad onffdecent
The factors of external tempera
ture and time are, of course, to be
taken into account in determining
whether the cat under review Is de
composed enough to be demoralizing.
These and like questions should be
taken up by the Purity Congress with
a view to imparting an advanced
moral trend to the people of Chicago.
What many of the moralists' band
have so valiantly striven for and for
which they have so ceaselessly
prayed, nay, gone into the very valley
of the shadow, has been to impart to
the people that high moral level God
bless it! So we are all bound finally
to see the desirability of high moral
levels and proper moral atmospheres,
tones, etc. J. J.
THE PHILOSOPHY OF HATE.
Allen Steven has arrived at the point
where he despises landlords.
This condition of mind is founded
in hatred and hatred is a sentiment
that brings worse results to the en
tertainer than it does to its object.
Although Christ is misunderstood by
the majority of mankind and rejected
entirely by the balance, there are
things in his teachings that have been
demonstrated to be true by our ex
perience. To despise and to hate is, if persist
ed in, to become despised and hated.
It is true that landlords are protected
by special laws and under present
conditions their power for evil is
strengthened by natural law.
Whoever owns the land upon which,
we must live also owns the people
who live upon it But to hate the
landlords only weakens our power of
correcting the laws and special privi
leges that give them their power.
Who are the landlords? Who are
the owners of land that oppress the
people? Not the men who use the
land to the best advantage by build
ing upon it Not the men who put
the land to its best use. But the peo-
pie who buy land for speculative pur
poses to hold it until the increase of
population and the increased demand
for land shall -give them a profit We
encourage speculation in land by tax
ing unused land lightly and by piling
the taxes mountain high on the peo
, pie who improve their land. We em
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