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SCHOOL CIRCLES ARE SHOCKED
BY MORALS QUIZ
Is there immorality in our high
Mrs. Ella Plagg Young, superin
tendent of schools, asked the' school
management committee that ques
Stories of "frat" house orgies,
live" dances where young and for
getful high school girls and boys
meet at night, and tales of many
quiet scandals and of shamed girls
have been passed in school circles.
Twice Mrs. Young had the accusa
tions against the girls borne to her
ears from public speeches. Two
speakers had said that there were
hundreds of girls in the high schools
who were forced to drop from the
school life to hide their shame from
the .eyes of their fellow-students.
And they quoted statistics.
Many weeks ago queer tales of
high school doings and of the girl
who left their classes and disap
peared "for a rest" were taken to
Mrs. Young. She promised investi
gation and asked newspapers to re
frain from giving the subject public
ity. And she set to work to investi
gate. Figures on pregnant girls in the
high schools seemed to come from
two sources. Dr. Jane Scherzer,
president of the Oxford College for
Women, before the San Francisco
purity congress said thatshe knew of
dozens of cases of ruined girls in the
high schools of Chicago last year."
An article purported to be a part
of the Scherzer address, as pub
lished in "The Light," follows, in
"In Chicago in one large high
school in one season fifteen girls
have fallen. In another large city
high school fourteen were reported
in one year, and in smaller high
schools in proportionate numbers.
The numerous signs, 'Rooms for
Rent.' in the vicinitv of hieh school
buildings have .ieen. discovered jo kel
lures, places of assignation for the
Mrs. Lenora Z. Meder, then head
of the department of public welfare,
Was quoted in the Examiner as say
ing that she knew of 359 cases of
pregnancy in the city's high schools.
Mrs. Young, when newspaper men
came to her asked in the good name
of Chicago girls not to print anything
about the subject until she had in
vestigated. Every high school principal was
questions in regard to conditions in
his schooL Each school was given a
Armed with this, Mrs. Young
brought up the subject in the school
management committee yesterday.
Another investigation- may be
PLUGGING FOR CIVIC FORUM IN
Chicago may have a Civic Forum
in Grant Park. Trouble between
street speakers and the police recent
ly' caused Aid. Merriam and Rev.
Melville Boynton to ask the south
"park board to consider the erection
of such a forum in the construction
of the new south shore improve
ments. The board asked for more informa
tion and now Aid. Merriam and Dr.
Boynton are collecting data on civic
forums in other cities.
"Men for years have talked to
crowds on Hyde Park green in Lon
don and the Boston Commons," Aid.
Merriam told a Day Book reporter.
"Chicago is one of the few large
cities which has no recognized place
where speakers, reformers and others
"There has been trouble between
the police and street m speakers for
years. It is time it was stopped. At
our conference it was suggested that
the open forum be constructed in
connection with the new stadium
which will seat 15,000 people. The
commissioners seemed to Jook-f avor
ably upon thejgrppaitjgih" s.