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Mothers Responsible For Delinquency
of Young Girls Remedy is in the Home
POLICE MATRON HILL IN AN INTERESTING INTERVIEW TELLS OF HER LIFE WORK
IN THE RESCUE OF FALLEN.
THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26. 1913.
That the American mother of today j
is resiori;b:- for the downfall of 75 I
per ce nt of the fallen girls and that a j
weakneiis for finery and amusements !
and the curse of poverty contribute j
to the fail of the remaining 25 per rent
is one of the many opinions expressed
by I'olice Matron Mrs. (',. W. Hill of
iJavdnpnrt in an Interesting review on
To the mothers alone Is traceable
the ruin of hundreds and thousands
of young girls who are mercilessly
thrown out. into the world at a tender
atre only to become the prey of human
wolves who handle them as though
t hey i re so much putty and mold
ihrn to the iniquities of the world.
So easily are these young git Is Influ
enced and led cm by a bhow of finery
and luxury that they, after having
once hef;ame a traveler on the bright
path of life, seldom if ever turn from
that road and their lives go out in
some institution for the broken down,
feeble-minded or insane.
Conducting her life work in a most ;
Vriet and unpretentious way, Mrs. Hill
has accomplished no end of good
anions wayward girls who have come
tinder her motherly care. That there
Is practically no publicity given any of
the numerous cases that come under
the eye of DavenjKrt's matron Is best
known only by herself and those who
are In close touch with her worthy en
deavor. In answer to a ring at the door of
the hotis- of detention, Mrs. Hill usa-ijugr
ered her interviewer into a cosy sltr
ting room and office combined. A
cheery fire glowed in the bard coal
burner and every indication seemed
to point not to a bousa of detention
but to a sort of office which had all
the environments of a home intermin -
gled with its business like air.
When Informed of the fact that
something about her work was sought,
.Matron Hill laughingly remarked that
the 1hs said aout the work sh was
doing the better.
I shrink from any sort of publicity,"
sail the matron "1 don't think It I
part of my work to have published
the many, ninny things that come with
in the Hcope of the work to which I
have devoted practically all my life.
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"But If you were to know only a
few of the hundreds, yes I might aay
thousands of pitiful cases that are
brought to my attention during the
course of a few yeArs, you would i
have more than ample material from
which to draft a most interesting
book. And these cases would be not
fictional but would be drawing of hu
man emotions, happiness and sorrow,
that would come from real contact
: with human nature."
Matron Hill bad no more than made
a few remarks than she was called
upon to attend, to only one of the1 young life. I just placed her ea the
many little incidents that come into t train a few mlryrtes ago with her
hr dally life and which make her . transportation paid to hex destination,
days only too short for the work she j "Xow that girl is one of those who
has to fulfill. jean be saved by being taken In charge
"Goodness, but the days are short, at the right time. It is In caeea of
and every day finds its hours filled
with duties that must be performed
and good that must be done," said Mrs.
Hill as she resumed her seat.
"I Just sent a young girl back home
to her parents In a little town out
here in the oentral part of the statie.
I do hope that she will profit by the
long talk I had with her since she was
brought to my attention. She is such
a young thing and just like so many
other girls that I ba-ve come under my
care almost every day.
"Her case to a sad one. But tn that
respect it la not different from prac
tically every case that I am called
upon to do my little share of work.
This girl I will tell yon her story
as an example of many others
was happy in her home In a small
, rural town in the state. She is about
18 years of age and Tery pretty. Well,
after the home rule became Irksome
to her she longed for more than her
frugal parents could give her In the
' way of finery and amusements, she
1 Bought and obtained a position in the
main hotel of the town. She worked
there as a waitress and made a few
dollars with which she purchased clofh-
'.in and necessities.
"Well, as usual, the tempter In the
form of a dapper traveling man daz-1
zim ner simple mind and she fell a!
victim to his flattery. He toyed with 1
her heart just long enoi-gh to win it
and then left. She followed him from
one city to another as well and as
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"Her travels after her faithless lover
ended futilly as nearly all thoee case
do and the girl was stranded in one.
town after another. She was Anally
taken in charge by the police matron
of a nearby town and eTentually turn
ed over to me. I comforted tils little
wayward girl aa well as I could and
after she spent several hours with cne
she had brightened up and cave her
solemn resolve to return to her par
ents and live down the blight In her
this sort that the moat effective work
of the police matron Is brought into
play. A case of that nature la one
where a good motherly word Is better
than all the advice or lecturing In the
world. I expect to hear from this girl
In a few days telling me of life where
she left off with it several week ago.
"And speaking of letters of all na
ture. Why I have letters dated back
year and years telling ma of the re
formation of some poor unfortunate
young girl whose Hie waa dragged
from the brink just In thus to save
her from lifelong disgrace. And I
have picture from grateful girls who
are now happy wives and mother and
whose future was assured to them by
only a few words of good counsel and
Interest In their life as they them
selves saw It
"One thing that la most essential In
work of this nature, to not; to lecture
to girls or to apeak to them from your
own position. One must place himself
on the level and make her Interests
your interests. A heart to heart talk
is the only manner of conversation or
advice which these girls will receive
and heed. I have known girls who
were in my care to beg me not to let
women, who considered themselves
workers, visit them in their
cells. The girls said it was misery
for them to have to listen to high ad
vice from these women to whom their
own life was- an enbrma and absolute
ly foreign to them in every way.
"And another thing along this same
line, g tls who have been placed in a
cell for safe keeping for some minor j
or other offense hate to be vialted by
these certain women who gaze upon
them as so many curiosities and peer
t them behind the prison bars as one
would at so many monkeys at the clr- j
cus. No matter how hardened the .
I mil i ia lu lilt wiijuiiit-n vl I"? nuiiu,
she dislikes being stared at.
Mv vears of experience with en-Is
.My years or experience with girls
has proven to me beyond a doubt that
there is no girl but that has some eood
n nf.r lt matters not to what depth
, she has fallen nor how long she has -'
been a part and parcel of the under .
'strata of society. Phe has some vein
of goodness n her ad certain womau- -ly
Instincts, inherent in all woman
kind, that cannot be effaced nor ex
terminated by even the hardness ac
quired through brazen contact with
the world. I have found that this one
little inherent element of poodnesp,
the desire of womankind to uplift
rathi-r than lower humanity, to be the
means of savinp many a girl.
"The regrettable i,art of human na
ture, that which oppn'sse one who is
down on his luck or on the toboggan,
i as Is commonly said nowadays, I find
ro be the means of preventing many a
young girl from redeeming herself be
fore it is too late. Occasionally this
common trait is overcome by thought
ful consideration on the part of some
woman in whose hands the future of a
girl may be placed.
! "Of the hundreds of cases that are
brought to me during the course of a
year, there are scores that are what
might be termed hopeless cases. These
girls are from the riffraff of life, j
those t whom no words of encour-1
' agement would be effective and who
are so hardened in their ways thar j
there Is absolutely no hope for their
reformation. These girls are general
; ly thoee who come to me from the po
lice courts and who fill the cells at
the hou-se of detention for both long
and short sentences.
"Among these girls are to be found
pickpockets, thieves, drunkards and
others who are to be placed In the
category of down and outs. The com
pany of such girls and women is gen
erally shunned by other girls who may
be in my care at the time and they of
ten profit by the sad example that is
thrust upon them with its full effect.
"This class of girls is that which waa
not cared for at the outset of their
careers in the world. Their young
Hives were neglected by their mothers
'or fathers and in many instances I
1 have known where step-mothers or
step-fathers have been the sol cause
of the ruin of yowng girls.
"Another cause to which I can trace
many do wnf alien cases is the public
dance hall. I do not discountenance
dancing where It is given the proper
surroundings and environment but the
public dance hall where the young and
; immature girls with shallow minds
congregat- is a fertile field for the
propagation of vice.
. propmiaiiun oi ice.
i numerous esse nave come ro my
: attention and irpon investigating the
uust- oi in gin svp on ui aowa-
ward path, I find that they have been
in nine cases oui oi ien, rrequemers
0f the dance halls. This is only one
ci the tnree or four causes of vice
that bring girls from the path
sribed for them bv society.
"Of the many elements that contri-
bute to the downfall of girls. I will
make a statement that probably will
, cause some xintradictory comment,
This is to the effect that the factories
less than a
if you buy
of today are jjttie more than vice breed-
"Girls who are employed in
nloxia q po ri vem a nifvii ti A 1 era tliof opo
f .m . . th . . , ho
and it is but a short time before they
. . . .
known numerous cases wnere gins
have stepped from under the parental
roof to the factory and there have be
come hardened by association wltji
older and roughened girla and even
tually have frequented the dance halls
and the streets only to soon find them
selves on the iniquitous path from
which they are seldom or ever re
claimed. "I have seen these poor little girls
passing this place at an early hour in
the morning with their lunch baskets
under the arms. They toil all day in
the factories and when night comes,
rush home to deck themselves out In
their best and scanty it is sometimes
- and are soon out in the mad pursuit
of amusement and diversion. These
l'ttle girls are ignorant of the ways of
the world and are not able to success
fully cope with the great odds against
which their young lives are placed.
"Despite all these things that lead to
the fall of young girls, there Is still
one element that I have not mentioned.
That, is, the natural or inherited tend
ency of a girl. There are some girls
that are naturally good and will be so
all their lives. There are others who
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have the bad fibre in them and will
turn out so despite all the good that is
done to prevent such."
The great work that Matron Hill is
doing could not be explained in any
less space than a book, but suffice it
to say that her work is one that can
never be fully nor justly appreciated.
Coming to Davenport over 20 years
ago. Matron Hill took up her work
there with the same zeal and intimate
knowledge of its many phases that
characterized her work In Chicago.
There she was eni;aged in the work
at the Harrison street station, which
has been termed "the brink of hell."
Matron Hill's work there, while effec
tive, wa3 not, as broad nor as full of
good results as it could be in a small-
Or Stittr fin4 ti if ihtc VA-lcst,, -tm f.,,1- 1
imj ,"i im.i it uoimi oil' ivtiv u!f:iuic;3 n"J3 111 niui.il iiii- ut iai nil ill
her residence in Davenport in July, i of justice conies into contact w ith the
1S93. 'criminals. It is In tou h with the
She is not alone in her grand work j management of the penitentiaries, all
among the needy girls nnd women of jparoles of prisoners go through the Ue
the city. Associated with her are 1 partrnent and the depart ni'-nt advises
many of Tlavenport's best and most
generous women who ar- aiding in the
worthy endeavor in a quiet manner.!
never asking the light of publicity
but nevertheless accomplishing per-1
haps far more good than could ever
be done with the brazen light of open
arknowledgraent accompanying each
and every performance of the chaiity
that is not confined to the home alone.
BIG OFFICE GAIN
Attorney General Says Officein
Term Has $4,000,000
St. Louis, Feb. 26. The depart
ment of justice of the United States in
the last four years has collected be
tween $4,000,0(10 and $5,0O0,0rK) more
than the cost of the operation of the
department, according to Attorney j
General Wlckersham, who made an in-1
formal talk on 'The Work of the De-1
partrnent of Justice" in the City club.
"We have collected in actual coin j
about $12,000,000," said Mr. Wicker-;
sham. "The cost of the entire depart
ment of justice, including all depart
ments, has been about $7,000,000. We j
are between $4,000,000 and $5,000,000 1
ahead. I refer to this merely as a part
of the activities of the department.
"A recent newspaper article com
ments favorably on the number of
suits brought in my term of office. I
take little pride In the number of suits !
brought, but I do take great pride in
the results of those suits. A large per
cent of them have been successful. !
They have been successful for two rea
sons. The men engaged In the work
have been intelligent, painstaking and
competent lawyers, rne other is no
suit has been brought that was not
(thoroughly investigated and thorough
"I take great pride in the character
of the men connected with the depart
ment. There are 50 lawyers in the
department at Washington, S6 district
attorneys, 100 regular assistants and
about 70 special assistants. Few of
these men receive more than $5,000 a
year. My experience has been that
many of them have refused, larger sal-
For the smallest coins you cany, please and
benefit your children, your wife and yourself.
Isn't it worth a few cents to give this delicious
mint leaf enjoyment to the family to give con
tinuous benefit as well? Teeth, appetites and
digestions improve steadily with it.
Almost any abop acHa it amy pure
fiords it. Get it enjoy U tonight X
aries In private because they are In
terested in the work of the department
and feel it Is a privilege to work for
"Every man in the department was
selected for efficiency. Kittle more
than a year ago I started a sort of a
civil service examination for lawyers.
The examining board consisted of a
district attorney and a member of the j
civil service commission. Sixty-five
men applied and took the examination. i
I appointed two of them. Later we J
installed a system of promotion for t lie j
clerical force, which is working well, i
"There is one branch of the work of j
the department which is little know n !
and not discussed. That is its dealings
with crime and criminals. There art! i
1 vr, r utava n n-hlnVi ll.n ,1 wt it t,
j the president in the matter of pardons.
"The old theory the criminal was to
be thrown out and no one was to care
j for his treatment has passed away.
When convicted a man must serve his
j term or appeal for a pardon. All in-
; formation concerning a pardon is col-
lected and transmitted to tbe pre
i dent by the department of justice. If
; the prisoner is sent to the penitentiary
he is eligible for a parole after he has.
served one-third of his term. The par
don board consists of the superintend
ent of prisons, the prison physician
and the prison warden. This is not a
good board. It is in too close touch
with the prisoner. The existing board
has worked conscientiously.
"Of course the parole system Is not
a general jail delivery. It must be ob
vious to the board the Interests of so
ciety will be conserved by the release
ciety will be conserved by the release I Argus.
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of the prisoner. We now have the sys
tem working well. Of the 200 prison
ers pnroled in the last four years only
two have been returned to prison for
violation of their paroles;
"A short time ago I was ablo to gf.
congress to pass a law extending the
parole law to lite prisoners, who liav -
gerved J5 ye&re ni(,er th,
tem the life prisoner must resort to a
pardon. If a mistake was made by tlu
president It was Irrevocable. If tlicj
man Is paroled and violates his parole
he is returned to prison."
Mr. "Wickershain said he had gone
on the principle every statute placed
on the books by congress is there to
be enforced. He s;iid nothing is more
! demoralizing to a community than not
I to havo its laws enforced, lie siud he
i need point only to tbe land laws to
show how tue laws have been disre
garded. He declared vast tracts of
government land had been taken in
violation of the land laws.
President A. K. Host w ick or th City
club introduced Mr. YVickersliam as
i the man who disagreed with J. I'ier-
pont Morgan, who said the government
could not unscramble eggs.
Notice to Contractors.
Bids will be received at the office of
the city clerk up to 2 p. m., March 10.
1913, for labor and tools fur repairing
the floors of the Kock rivor bridges.
Bids w ill be based upon the labor and
use of tools plus a percentage on the
same. Specifications to be furniblied
by city engineer.
H. M. SCITRIVF.R.