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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 11, 1912, Image 5

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New York, Sept 11. Mayor
Gaynor yesterday shocked the
reformers of New York, the
"prominent citizens," who have
beeriexclaiming in horror over
the graft in the police depart
ment. For the mayor went beneath
all the outward scum of vice,
went beyond the graft in the po
lice'department, went beyond the
tenderloin, and, talked of, the
causes of these things.
And blatant reformers, and
''prominent citizens," and news
papers which shout they are
".fighting the battles of the peo
ple" do not like to hear anyone
talk of the causes of vice and
graft. The causes come too near
The mayor was testifying be
fore the aldermanic committee in
vestigating graft in the police de
partment. He had insisted upon
being sworn, although, the com
mittee did not want to swear him.
Emory R. Buckner, the young
attorney for the committee, had
been badgering and cross-questioning
the mayor untp weari
ness. '
The committee --room was
crowded .with spectators. In the
first few rows Were the reporters
of the big newspapers of .New
York, reformers and "prominent
citizens." The rest were "com
mon people," drawn to hear their
mayor testify.
Buckner wanted to know if
Gaynor .was aware that saloons
were evading the license law, that
houses of shame were wide open
in New York.
Gaynor answered several ques
tions sharply, and three times
threatened to leave the committee
room unless Buckner stuck to
facts and left opinions and
thoughts alone. At last he was
roused by. a question from Buck
ner as to his attitude toward
women of the street. ,
"I have one policy," he said,
"and that is to keep, the streets
clean. But I will not permit my
policemen to degrade themselves
in collecting evidence by going to
hotels with women.' ..
Someone in the room laughed.
Gaynor jumped to his feet.
"This is a mournfulx thing," he
shouted. "A thing to be wept
over, not to be laughed at!
"I could lock up the 2,000 im
moral women in this town tomor
row. But their places would be
filled immediately by others.
"We must put it in the hearts
of men not to seduce women. We
must put it in the hearts of the
owners of big department stores
and men who buy women's labor
to pay them a living wage.
"To pay women and girls two
and .three and four and five dol
lars a week and then accuse me of
fostering prostitution is an out
rage. "Some of the so-called reform
ers now 'criticizing me "are mak
ing fortunes by selling vile drugs
to the girls of the East Side in or
der to ensjave them. Others are
' ' f a.

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