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cms of physical f6rce. Then, ftany gifts cannot faiarry, or if married,
they 'must work to help out the family income, and cannot afford to
"As an instance in point: One of the girls in a large depart
' ment store said that onje of the girls are married, but both the girl
and man work. If the wife becomes pregnant she feels compelled
to resort to an operation, for they cannot live on the husband's
salary and have children.
"Overwork is the cause of innumerable evils. It ends by crip
pling the body, ruining the health and shortening life It certainly
dwarfs the mind and leaves no room for reading or mental develop
nent. , "So a craving for excitement is general among girls who work
long hours, for.they feel the necessity of stimulation, and thus attend
.the shows which make less demand on them for attention. The
department store girls are specially, tempted, for they have low
wages and long hours, and they are the victims of low-minded tyto
pie who use the store as a field of operation, and who are alert t6
tempt girls into an immoral life."
That's enough from the vice report to illustrate the point. The
social evil has been thoroughly investigated in Chicago by worthy
men and women, who looked for the cause.
Their remarkable report is available to all these organisations,
arid it is easy to find out the causes
Why don't the people who think themselves "good" act on the
information, and do something practical to make it possible for both
men and women, boys and girls, to lead decent lives?
We believe one reason is that even the "good" people of Chicago
are afraid of the newspapers, the newspapers are controlled by their
big advertisers, and that big business is so closely connected with
vice and crime, that nobody dares go farther toward getting at the
cause than commercialized vice and crime will Jet them go.
Why is it that the "good" women of Chicago .don't organize
and demand decent wages for girls in the department Stores?
Why is it that both ""good" men and "good" women never lift
their voice when they see organized business crushing organized
' labor, beating down wages at the same time they are organizing
trusts and increasing the cost of living? ""
We don't know, unless it is that the real difference between
"good" people and "bad" people exists only in the imagination.
If some of the people who think they are "good" would thought
fully investigate themselves, they would probably find that they are
"good" because they can afford to be respectable; and that many
of the people who the "good" people think are "bad," are "bad"
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