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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 13, 1917, NOON EDITION, Image 13

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"LOVE" THE MOST ABUSED WORD IN THE
LANGUAGE, SAYS WINONA WILCOX
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BVWINONA WILCOX
Is it chance or is it a law of com
pensation, that the choicest word in
the languege should be the most
abused? .
Love is the word. To it cling the
most sacred, the most elevating, the
most inspirational and the sweetest
of human experiences; but to it cling
also the greatest of life's tragedies,
its coarsest comedy, and its worst
vulgarity.
"I love you," sings the mother to
her child.
"I love you," whispers the girl to
the man she adores.
But the same words are used by
the girl who marries an old man for
' his money, and by the man who pays
where no love is.
Everybody uses the word every
day carelessly, sincerely, or cynic
ally, according to his own mood or
to suit his own gain. For the flat
terer and the egoist, the sensualist
and the idealist- have but this one
word for emotions and desires as far
apart as heaven and hell.
Most of the miseries of woman
come to her through love. x
'Lately she has taken to crying
them aloud in the playhouses, in
newspapers and magazines, in the
factory and in the college, in the
office and in the home circle, in the
camps of the feminist and the anti
suffragist. She cries out that she is
kept down through sex slavery, that
her life is spoiled by the flattery and
the treachery of man.
How is all this wailing to be quiet
ed? Who is to cure this common
wretchedness?
The remedy is .within woman her
self. She must refuse to accept the
cheap and tawdry counterfeits o

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