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travention of nature, the law of God,
must go. Our mollusian expositors
or defenders see no need to change
their death-in-life systems. "Which
is the credible witness? Those mum
bling, chattering, toothless old legal
vampires, rattling- tbe bones from the
graveyards of their legal progenitors,
who so complacently yielded to the
cry of "Crucify him! Crucify him!"
or nature, the law of God? F. N.
"EDUCATION AND PROSECU
TION." So. Mr. Arthur Burrage
Farwell, you believe in a "campaign
of education, of agitation and prose
cution" to eradicate the social evil.
Then why dont you educate the
employers of women and girls to pay
them decent wages, so that they can
live decently on their earnings in
stead of being forced to turn to pros
titution in order to get money suffi
cient to live? By decent wages I
mean not just enough to buy the
cheapest food obtainable, the cheap
est dark room on the top floor and
just enough clothing to keep from
being arrested for indecent exposure.
Decent wages should be enough
for good clothing, plenty of good
food, a good place to live, a reason
able amount for recreation, etc., and
some for a rainy day. Are the self
appointed censors of the people's
morals of your class paying such
wages? You know they are not
But you may say that if they would
go out to domestic service they
would be better off. If all women
who have to work went to domestic
service so that there was a surplus of
labor in that line wages and working
conditions would soon be to zero.
It is well known that more girls in
that line become tired of the long
hours of drudgery and the constant
humiliation of their position and go
into prostitution to escape it than in
any other line of work.
Why don't you agitate for the em
ployers of men to pay them wages
sufficient to keep a family decently,
so that they can marry with some
prospect of being able to provide de
cently for their wives and children?
Had you not been fortunate
enough to inherit wealth, but had to
work for $12 or $15 a week, would
you have ventured to marry on such
wages, or would you have thought
it safer to remain single and occa
sionally visit the prostitute. Do you
think the cold fingers of poverty
would so chill your nature that your
sexual desire would be in cold stor
If you would resort to prosecution
why don't you demand that the U. S.
officials prosecute all violators of the
Mann act instead of only those who
violate it for commercial purposes,
as they have decided to do? Is com
mercial vice so much more immoral
than vice for gratification only?
Well, it is only girls of the work
ing class who are taken on trips by
men of means for that purpose and
it 5 would be awful to prosecute jur
pig-sty aristocracy for such acts.
Better to wait until the rich man is
tired of her and she has gone to the
brothel. Then prosecute her.
In conclusion I will say that from
what I have been told by the em
ployes of the homes and clubs of the
exclusive Nortfi Shore suburbs the
morals of your own class need re
forming about as much as those of
the slums, so reform, like charity,
would better begin at home. A. S.
TO THE B. OF R. T. B. of R T.'s,
did you notice how loyal the switch
men's union members treated you in,
your strike on the Belt Line R. R.
Now, when they have trouble, inform
your worthy grand president not to,
fill up their jobs with B. or R. T. men,,
as he has done several times. You
engineers and firemen, don't do like
your brothers dM in St. Paul in 1910.
and show the scabs how to give sig
nals. I hope some day the men
switching cars will find out the or
der they belong to is the good and