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THE DAY BOOK
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
500 S. PEORIA ST. CHICAGO, ILL.
Subscription By Carrier 'in
Chicago, 50 cents a month. By
Mail, United States- and Can
ada. 50 cents a Month.
Entered as second-class matter April
21, 1914, at the postofflce at ChlcaKO.
111., under the Act of March 3. 187 J.
MRS. GRUNDY WILL GET YOU
IF YOU DONT WATCH OUT!
Mrs. Grundy is out again!
The prying old witch is abroad in
She's building up ,a semi-official
machine to aid-her hideous work of
poisoning youth and blighting
You needn't take a crooked step
to fall into her clutches.
She's going to get us all if we don't
And an epidemic of Grundyism is a
curse from which recovery is long
Here and there you'll find com
munities that look quite ordinary to
tfie eye, but in whose soul there
dwells a monster cankerworm of
suspicion, that sours the inhabitants
against each other and poisons' their
hearts and minds.
That's the work of Mrs. Grundy.
People who live in such commu
nities become narrow and spiteful
and vicious, although they may prate
much of holiness and praise the Lord
in public places.
Do we want this evil influence to
spread over the nation?
If not, let's swat Mrs- Grundy
while the swatting is good!
And we'll find there's) a long, long
Sfell of swatting ahead of us.
There's the police "vice squad,"
We need police departments, but
we don't need "vice squads" to do a
particular part of the work that the
police are supposed to do.
Once a person gets mixed up in a
"vice squad" case, Mrs. Grundy can
spread her slimy stories, and will do
so no matter how innocent the per
son, man or woman, may be.
Once a girl stays away from home
at night, and the "vice squad" finds
her, she's prey for Mrs. Grundy
even if the "vice squad" merely finds
her at a friend's home after an even
ing of harmless fun.
Not all the good ever done by "vice
squads" will atone for one woman's
reputation ruined through a "vice
f squad's" mistake. The police can
work without "white slave bureaus
and the like, but a reputation once
wrecked can seldom be regained.
The law presumes innocence until
guilt is established; but Mrs". Grundy
The Anthony Comstock cult is an
other thing that needs swatting, as
a mask for Mrs. Grundy.
It was not so bad when Comstock
was alive, for he was generally re
garded as a harmless, picturesque old
But Sumner, Comstock's succes
sor, is neither harmless nor pictur
If he doesn't like a book or a pic
ture, he can have author or publisher
or artist arrested under the guise of
promoting public morality, and then
the publisher or artist Is damned to
the unthinking as a vicious person
who probably kidnaps schoolgirls
and at any rate is a person to be
Book censors, and art censors, and
movie censors, are outcroppings of
the Grundyism that Is undermining
A small portion of the people are
getting awiully worried for fear the
majority of the people will be shocked.