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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 29, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 8

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And thn oe to' && art I TPOrtr
dered what tales the dresses would
tell if they themselves coukl speak.
How many happy hearts throibbed for
a few hours under the laces? How
many girls were crushed into the
arms of boy-man. husbands, and how
many mothers had"" cried and tear-
I l spotted trie same dresses.
vine woman witn the arao race ana
drab voice was talking again.
"Sometimes I thin,k that I can see
the girls in the dresses when I look
, at them hanging in the window.
Sometimes the poor things have
brought me a piece of wedding cake,
and sometimes they have seemed
ashamed that I should know they
couldn't buy their wedding dresses,
and sometimes they just laugh and
'When tny daughter gets married
she'll have a handmade dress with
real Duchess lace.'
"But they're all happy for the lit
tle while they wear their wedding
dresses, and who knows, maybe
they're just as happy as he girls that
can afford to have them made."
' ( A man entered and so I left the
, store, but as I stood outside looking
through the window at the three limp
wedding dresses, somehow I felt, toS,
as though I could -vision a radiant lit
tle girl bride in each of them. And
somehow, I thought, too, that per
haps those little girl hrides in rented
Wedding dresses wefe just as happy
as the gh-ls whcsould afford to have
their dresses made.
But what a tale of romance those
"wedding dresses for rent" might tell.
o o
4 , Julius Rosenwald attended the
meeting of the health committee
which is at present discussing the
vice question. He sat far back in the
1 shadows.
Chairman Nance caught sight of
I him. "Will you say something on
j the question, Mr. Rosenwald? " Chair
i " man Nance beamed.
Rosenwald" Srrnysd ruffled pos
sibly his mind turned back to that as
tonishing afternoon when h had tes
tified last on the vice question. It
was before Barratt O'Hara'a vice
commission. It was the day that a
young, clear-eyed girl, fair to look
up, stripped the mask of philan
thropy from the face of Rosenwald
and held up the great Sears-Roebuck
institution as a thing of horror. It
was then that the story of rotten
wages; of the slave driving system;
of the 10-cent water, and other
things (came out
So now Rosenwald thought for. a
second. Then he answered- very
"Dr. Evans represents my views'
And from the way Evans analyzed
vice it was evident that he not only
represented the views of Rosenwald,
but that he represented the views of
all employers who pay starvation
He talked about the social diseases';
he talked about a permanent morals
commission. And then he named the.
causes of vice. His causes were the
same old hunk, amusernent parks,
ice cream parlors, home environment,
etc. But he didn't mention low
wages He "represented the views
of Julius Rosenwald."
Graham Taylor also talked. Tay
lor, like Evans, also gives vice
theories acceptable to Big Business.
Some one asked him if he thought
breaking up the levee had made much
improvement in Chicago.
"0, my, yes," he answered.
"Well, doctor," an alderman asked,
him, "what do you think has become
of the 2,500 women that were driven
from the district?"
"I don't know," he answered. "I
suppose they've gone somewhere.
But I don't think there is as much
soliciting as usual."
Taylor also said he believed the"
sale of liquor should be prohibited in
dance halls. "But," he added, "we
must be careful not to interfere with,
the liberties of private clubs."

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