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THE PUBLIC FORUM
WHITHER ARE WE DRIFTING?
In the name of common sense and
judgment why does Mayor Thompson
allow such crooks as BarneyBertsche
to appear before the public as an
entertainer? I venture 'to say that
The News by publishing his career
and his appearance in vaudeville is
spreading more seed for further
crime than all the reform leagues can
overcome in years to come. Mr.
Thompson, it is up to you to stop his
appearance if you really mean to
drive the crooks from Chicago. Mrs.
F. M., Oak Park.
A NON-BELIEVER. The holy
book of dreams tells us that God
made man after His image, but the
truth is man made God after the im
age of man and gave him his own
propensities and judgments. Thus
the black man's God is as black as he
is, and the other Gods are the same
color as the men that made them.
Their likes and dislikes are the same
as the likes and dislikes of the men
who gave them their existence.
The doctrines of the different Gods
are most essential to the salvation of
the men who worship them. The
old-time Jew would rather die than
work on the Sabbath; the Persian
would endure starvation, suffocation
or freeze before he would blow the
fire with his breath; the Indian lays
up vast stores of supreme perfection
in besmearing himself with cow-dung
and pronouncing mysteriously and in
secret the word "Aum"; the Mussul
man believes he has expiated all sins
when he washes his head and arms,
but will fight to the death anyone
who differs with him whether the
washing should start at the elbow or
finger tips; the Christian has turned
all vice and crime into sin and the re
mission of which can only take place
after a certain thing has been done.
The Catholic has an infallible pope
to look up to for safety, while the
Protestant has an infallible book.
The first unloads his sin by confes
sion, holy water and mass and im
mediately proceeds to take on an
other jag, while the oWier dumps the
whole darned load onto the back of
poor Jesus and keeps it there by
God is immutable, yet he -offers
prayers to change him. God is in
comprehensible, yet he interprets
him without ceasing! Ah! beautiful,
divine and sublime doctrines, what
could we have done without them?
But, cheer up, brother! We now
have a Jesus Christ in Chicago.
Blessed are we, but oh! so ignorant.
C. A. L.
PROSTITUTION AND ECONOM
ICS. The report of the O'Hara vice
commission says that poverty is the
cause, direct and indirect, of prosti
tution. Without questioning the truth of
the testimony upon which this con
clusion is founded, a wider view of
the subject discloses that only one
side of the subject is considered. It
is probably true that vice, like all
other human action, is not the result
of any one cause.
No doubt can be entertained but
that poverty is the fundamental cause
of many evils. Other causes con
tribute, however. Poverty is hard to
endure, and where it exists side by
side with enervating and corrupting
wealth its evils are doubly intensified.
Low wages for women and girls (
surely weakens them physically and
morally, but if all wages were low one
great element in vice production
would be eliminated. To make pros-,
titution it is necessary to have the
rich or well-to-do man to present the
temptation of easy living through the
route of immorality.
If all were equally poor or alL
equally rich commercial prostitution
would be impossible and the moral
instincts of humanity would have
free sway. To corrupt the poor and .
weak girl requires the presence of the
poor (morally) weak man with more