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UJ thurwli juwiuber, banker or business man who profited by renting
property for immoral purposes at an exorbitant rental. '
And it would never o to letthe crusade reach the owner of a'
department store or prosperous proprietor of a successful factory
for these folks had friends, money, position and pull.
This is not true, however, of the members of the Chicago Vice
Their unanimous report as fearlessly pillories the rich as it $
does the poor; and it does not falter at tracing the Social bvil and
other forms of vice to economic conditions.
The commission has as freely criticized the big department
store or the influential owner of property in the levee, as it has the""
unfortunates of the underworld. "" -
And if that Vice Commission concludes to make the Social Evil
a burning issue in the next mayoralty campaign, and makes good
use of the material gathered during its investigations there will
be a campaign in Chicago that will arrest the attention and arouse
the interest of every father and mother in the town.
Incidentally, there are some politicians who might be afraid
to have their names on any ticket in such a campaign.
As the report of the vice commission promises to become a
historic document, because of the courageous work done by that'
commission and its influence in future campaigns, it may be of in
terest now to know who the members of the Chicago Vice Commis
sion are, and how they happened to Tie appointed.
The movement started January 31, 1910, at a meeting held
at the Central Y. M. C. A. building, by the Church Federation,
composed of clergy representing 600 congregations in Chicago.
After hearing a paper by Dean Sumner on "The Social Evil
Problem in Chicago," a resolution was unanimously adopted re-'
questing the mayor of Chicago to appoint a commission, "inade
up of men and women who command the respect and confidence of
the public at large," to investigate thoroughly the conditions as
A committee appointed to call upon .the mayor was composed
of the following: Prof. Herbert L. Willett, University of Chicago;
Rev. J. A. Vance, pastor Hyde Park Presbyterian church; Rev. (
Smith T. Ford, pastor Englewood Baptist 'church, and president
Church Federation Council ; Rev. Frank- P. Burhans, pastor Wash
ington Park Congregational church, and vice-president of the
Church Federation; Prof. Benj. L. Hobson, secretary the McCor
mick Theological Seminary.
On March 5, 1910, Mayor Busse appointed the following mem
bers of the Chicago Vice Commission:
iw BAUM, DR. W. L., Chicago Medical Society. ,
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