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LACK OF LIViNG WAGE DROVE
HER TO THE BAD Judge Hopkins and Prosecuting Attorney George L. Reker of the Morals Court heard a young girl, only 19, tell them yesterday-that she went to the bad because she hafi" to supply the difference between her $6 a week salary and the amount it cost her to live. And she" took the only way that seemed open to her. The girl was Mary Wolfe, 19. She had been arrested in a raid at 3029 Vernon avenue. She presented a very mournful pic ture standing there in the Morals Court. She was a strange contrast to the "professional hustlers" that usually crowd the court. And Judge Hopkins noted the dif ference. He leaned over and asked her how she came to his court on such a charge. The girl hesitated a moment. "I suppose it may sound very weak to you, your honor," the girl said, "but I worked in a laundry. I work ed long hours and I could only earn $6. Well I just. couldn't do it any more. You can't live decently on $6 a week no matter who says you can." The problem wasn't very new to Judge Hopkins. He has heard that many times from the girls of the primrose path who are arraigned in his court. He turned to Prosecutor Reker. "What does the prosecution want to do in this case?" he asked. "There is going to be no prosecu tion in this case," Reker answered. "The historian, Buckle, says crime creases or decreases in proportion to the ratio of increase in the price of food. No sane man will steal if he can get his living in an easier way. If this girl chooses the easiest way because she cannot live on $6 a week, the crime is not her's, but society's." "I am reading Buckle myself," said Judge Hopkins," and the more I am in this court the more I believe what he says." The girl was turned over to the adult probation office. Society will be given a chance to give her enough to live as a decent woman. THE SALESLADY By Jim Manee. Behind the counter is her stand, She's there from morn 'till night. A sortin' and a sellin' goods, By artificial light. She has to deal with customers, Of natures good and bad, When six o'clock comes every day, The saleslady is glad. P. S. "I'm sorry, madam, but we are all out of that." RAPS SETTLING COURT CASES IN JUDGE'S CHAMBERS The dark practice of settling court cases in judges' private chambers was severely condemned by Attorney William Graham at the annual din ner of the South Chicago Bar Asso ciation last night. At the end of his speech Judge Frederick Hill of the South Chicago Municipal Court backed him and said the habit should be stopped. o o TODAY'S HEALTHOGRAM Treatment of Dyspepsia. This is the time of year when many people are likely to complain of dys peptic symptoms. It's natural, for the long winter months have deprived many of their accustomed and neces sary outdoor air and exercise. While the ordinary method of treating dyspepsia is to take soda, pepsin and all kinds of drugs, the proper method is to return to the out door, fresh-air plan. Get out of doors these spring days. Dig in the yard. Play ball with the boys. Walk in the parks. Run foot races: Shake up the digestive organs and get them busy! WEATHER-FORECAST SnoW Wednesday; Thursday unset tled, probably liglit snow flurries.