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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 05, 1912, Image 11

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GIRL SUICIDE IS VICTIM OF "MAN'S WORLD," SAYS
SOCIAL WORKER
Cincinnati, O., June 5. (Spe
cial.) "This is a man's world al
together," sajd Miss Annette
Mann, probation officer in charge
of wayward girls who are brought
to police court.
"A male transgressor against
moral laws does not for a moment
lose his place in society.
"A woman loses everything.
"Even the churches do not re
ceive a penitent woman as they
should.
"Under present 'conditions
death is often thconly solution of
her problem." " ', '
Jeannette Simpson, 23, who
lived at 303 Carlisle ay.,' jumped
into the Ohio river from th'edeek
of the Coney Island steamer Prin
cess when it docked at 6 o'clock
Sunday evening.
"I am so homesick," she said
to Mararet Payne, who lived at
the same house, before-she leaped.
Frank Daugherty of San Di
ego, Cal., was leaving the boat
when he saw the girl throw her
self into the river. He divested
himself of coat and shoes and
leaped into the water. He seized
the girl by tne hair, but she tore
herself loose and sank to her
death.
She had stolen away from the
house where, she lived for the day.
"I am homSsick," she sighed be
fofhe left.
But -her problem was the same
as that which confronted Ollie
Stevenson, who killed helself with
morphine less than a week. ago.
The Simpkins girl had been called
home to the bedside of her dying
mother. But her conscience
tripled-locked the door to the way
out.
"What will they say, though',
when I come home?" she had
asked. "It'svno use." '
Two suicides and one attempt:
at suicide have occurred in Cin
cinnati's vice district in less than
a week.
"And therewill be more so long
as we stick to.our jdouble standard
of morality," says Miss Mann,
who is trying to help the girls
f who have strayed.
Last week I spoke to a girl
brought to. police court from the
vice district. She was but 20. She
had lost her parents at the age of
14 and lived with relatives until
she was able to go to work. She
then came to Cincinnati and for a
time supported herself by work
ing in a shoe factory.
"The most she earned was $4 a
week. " .
"She soon found the struggle
too great and sold herself to keep
from starvation. For two years
she was a slave and then she was1
arrested.
"After I spoke to her she
thought it best to return to work,
and we were willing to give hef.
an opportunity.
"But she had no tradeo home,
no friends. Everything was
against her. I knew that her will
to do rifrht could not resist such
odds.
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