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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 23, 1912, Image 5

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New York, April 23. Jane
Addams, of Hull House, Chicago,
created the Sensation of today's
session of the Men and Religion
Forward Congress hre.
Miss Addatns chose as the title
of her address, "The, Church and
the Social Evil."
She said the test 'of our relig
iqn, of our civilization, of our so
cial advancement, lay only in our
attitude toward prostitution.
Then she went onito denounce,
in bitter words; the manner in
which modern society deals with
that problem pf the ages.
"The supreme religious test: of
our social order," said Miss
Addams, "is the hideous com
merce of prostitution, and the
'sorry results of that feat today
are shown in the hypocrisy and
hardness of heart of the average
'good citizen' toward the so-called
fallen -woman. r
"May wevnot say that in con
sequence of this irreligious atti
tude, prostitution today remains
a'hard, unresolved mass in the
midst of sto-callfed Christian civil
ization, untiLit has become a vice
which canndtbe eradicated, a" sin
winch' cannot be iorgiven, a so
cial disease that cannot be cured.
"The modern way of treating
the social, evjla's.a matter fqr con
temptuous indifference has laid
tfre foundation - of" all political
"Prostitution, protected by a
thiol? hedge of secrecy, impercep
tibly renewing itself through
changing administrations, has
become the onfe fixed point ofj
graft, the unbreakable (bank to
which the corrupt politicians may,
go, when in need of funds.
The corruption spreads, as ajl '
bad things spread until the
brothel, the saloon and the gam
bling den are the "real rulers pf
our cities. f
"Surely the harlot ""has been
avenged uponr the city whichde
spises her.
"The men who consider het a
Jegitmate source of revenue prey,
upon and fleece the decent tax-,
payer who refuse td acknowledge
her existence and she abides
through one administration after
anofher to the confusion of all
movertients for civic reform.
"If we are to solve the problem?
of modern city government, if
we are to advance our civilization,
there is one thing with which we
must begin.
"The men who call themselves"
decent must adopt a more charit
able, more Christ-like' attitude to
ward the fallen woman.
"They must cast1 aside their
cloaks of hypocrisy, and pretense,
and shallow self-righteousness.
"The Success of this business
which, in Chicago alone, pays iJ
protectors $15,000,000 a year, is
founded on the hypocrisy ard
self-righteousness of the deceit1
citizen. ' ',
"And "that business, with its'
enormous revenues goes on, cap-'
turing young gn-l$, debauching
young men, spreading, disease j:
and corrupting cljgs politics, orilyj
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