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Gyer buried iii my bosom, same as
iii a tomb.
The parsnip magnate's counsel, by
the way, informs the court that Mr.
Mockorange isentirely willing that
I should repeat" the conversation.
Gracious, that doesn't help. I don't
care if he is willing I'm not. In the
meantime the district attorney sus
pects more than ever that there's an
understanding between me and the
defense, and he is ugly about it.
In my .desperation I moseyed out
to the judge's house this evening and
rang the door bell. I was going to
explain haw it would break my poor
heart to answer that question, and
put it up to his manhood to let me
ignore it. But I guess I made a raw
error trying this. It was late when
I got there. He raised the window,
looked out, and saw who it was. He
gave me the glassy eye the moment
I began to chirp.
"It is vastly improper for you to
come here," yelled the judge. "Go
And bang went the window.
NOW THEY CAN HAND T TO THE
Washington, Oct. 30. In passing
the Kenyon "red-light" bill, the sen
ate of the United States has joined
with twelve states in enunciating a
new policy in dealing with the baf
fling question of prostitution.
Hereafter in the District of Colum
bia not only the helpless inmates' of
houses of prostitution, but the prop
erty owners are to be prosecuted
"At present in the District of Co
lumbia," said Senator Kenyon, dis
cussing the bill, "there as no way to
reach the property whdre these dis
orderly houses are conducted. The
inmates can be reached, dragged be
fore the police court and fined, but
the owner of the property goes on un
molested. The testimony before the
committee by the chief of police was
to the effect that many of these dis
reputable houses are owned by prom
inent people of Washington, and sucli
ownership is true as to prominent
people in many other cities. Such
places, which ordinarily would rent
for a very small sum, are rented at
very high figures for these purposes.
The man who owns such property
ought not to be the one who can go
scot-free and be permitted to coin
the flesh of these women and girls
into money for his own purposes."
In addition to closing a house of
prostitution and forbidding its use for
one year (unless a bond is furnished
to insure that it will not be so used in
future) the bill imposes a heavy tax
penalty on owners convicted of using
property for this purpose.
"The purpose of that provisibn,"
said Senator Kenyon, "is simply this:
Where the man who owns such
places and wants to coin money out
of them is not touched in his pocket
book you can not stop him; he will
go right on just the same and rent
the property again; but when he is
subject to a tax he will be more care
ful." This so-called "Iowa red-light
law," already adopted by eleven
other states, is to come before nu
merous state legislatures this winter.
In the absence of measures which
will eliminate poverty the principal
cause of prostitution this Iowa law
has been found to be one of the most
effective means of combating the evil.
? ? ? ?
When a pretty young lass
Seeks a big looking glass,
Where 'the ladies are certain to find
Does it need Hallowe'en
Or the good fairy queen
To show a man'sface close behind
her? " From Judge.
"You tell me," said the judge, "that
this is the person who knocked you
down with his motor-car. Could you
swear to the man?" "did," re
turned the complainant, eagerly, "but
he didn't stop to hear me."
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