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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 07, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 8

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said that they knew that some girls
paid, but they had believed that they,
themselves, would be clever enough
to evade it.
But they always pay! And one
night a niontlTagOkMayme Connors
was found in a stupor on the car
tracks at Western avenue and 69th
street. She was wrapped in an auto
mobile blanket and she told a story
of two men who took her for a ride
and then threw her out of the car.
In the publicity that followed she
began to realize what a terrible price
her pleasure cost her and she tried
to hide away, and she did not have
much work, and.always remorse tor
tured her, for she bought a revolver
and toyecT with, it, and she turned it
on herself and, "ended the drama.
And the little girl who should have
been in school, but who was so world
ly wise that, according to Inspector
of Morals Dannenberg, she has al
ready figured in courts on the charge
of delinquency, chose the primrose
path when she was sixteen.
Her mother says the girl loved the
boy with whom she claimed she spent
three nights wandering around in an
auto and stopping at different hotels,
and who she claimed dared her to
swallow poison until she recklessly
accepted the challenge.
But it doesn't matter what was the
thing that lured "her into the "path
of roses," it only matters that she fol
lowed it and that today her heart
broken mother Is weeping over a
dead child.
How many warnings are conveyed
in books and on the stage and in the
newspapers, all of them telling that
the wages of sin. are death, yet each
day girls go to their ruin in the same
way, with the same thoughtlessness,
and 'always they find tha$ roses be
come ashes.
Of the men who tempted these,
girls there isn't much use of speak
ing. One of the oldest sophistries,
one that we do not discard with all
of our boasted advancement, is that
there must be two codes of morals, ,
one for a man and another for a wo
man. And to say that girls would not
be tempted into the primrose path if
mothers taught their boys to revere
and protect womanhood is only to
invite a smile, though we do not find
anything amusing in the fact that
we throw all the weight of goodness
on the girl and expect her to he
stronger than her nature is weak.
But the tragedy of it all! And the
Editor Day Book: I read In your
paper that two women had been run
down and seriously injured by a Daily
News delivery wagon. Nothingaston-ishing-
about thatl Every day I see.
the wagons and automobiles of the
newspapers run along our streets,
even passing playgrounds and schools
where children are playing, at a dan- "
gerous rate of speed. Some more in
juries, perhaps fatalities, will certain
ly follow if this practice is not stop
ped. It is too late to arrest a driver
.af ter he tias run down or killed some
one. The speed law ought to be en
forced, and those who really are re-i
sponsible for the continuous and per
sistent disregard of that law should
be punished.
I do not like to think that the cause
is entirely to be found with the driv
ers, or that they are a class of men
who place no value on' the life and
safety of others. Part of the blame
must be located "higher up." Now if
the police will not stop this reckless
driving by newspapers through jjur
streetB the citizens may have to de
vise some other means by which to
stop" it. ' Citizen.
Old Aunt (despondently). Well I
.shall not be a nuisance to you much
Nephew (reassuringly) Don't
talk like that, aunt! You know you .
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