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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 31, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 5

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Segregated Vice. Mayor Harrison
has taken an open stand on segre
gated vice and Roger Sullivan's can
didacy for U. S. senator, and has
stated his position better than; it has
been stated by any of his lieutenants.
Concerning vice he says: "I have
reached the conclusion finally that
my ideas of the vice question have
been wrong. For many years I did
not view segregation as an alarming
development in the treatment of the
problem. I have no hesitancy in sub
scribing now to the general indict
ment of the segregation plan. Its
worst feature to me is the corrupting
influence it exercises over the entire
law enforcing arm of the govern
ment. Segregation means protected
vice and you can't have protected
vice without running the big risk of
seeing your law enforcing officials
corrupted. Grafting off these
pitiable ceatures is unspeakable, and
at that it is but the first step in 6.
career that sinks deeper in infamy
very rapidly. The policeman who
takes this kind of graft will take graft
from pickpockets, thugs, gunmen and
"Chicago is through with the seg
regated vice idea. Chicago, as I un
derstand the situation, is ready to
fight every kind of crime and make
no exceptions. There is but one way
to fight crime and thatjs to fight it
honestly and unflinchingly and eter
nally. "We will never entirely eliminate
prostitution in Chicago, any more
than they will in any other large city
of the country. But we can reduce
it to the smallest minimum. We can
drive it tinder cover. We can keep
it off the streets and out of public
"We can make it unprofitable for
those who have capitalized the weak
nesses o'f the unfortunate, so much
bo that what prostitution Trill remain
will represent solely the individual
sinner and not an organization. The
panderer and the unspeakable things,
that are associated with him are go
ing to leave Chicago."
That is the most human thing
Mayor Harrison has said since I have
known anything about him. I have
my own opinions about vice and its
cure, but I don't know about segre
gation as compared with scattered
and covered-up vice.
However, the mayor strikes at the
great .difficulty in the regulation of
prostitution through the police. When
police regulation is undertaken the
administration of law is placed in the
hands of the police, and whoever is
violating the law in the tenderloin, or
segregated district, is at the mercy
of the police. That leads to graft
which means that those who violate
the law pay policemen for the privi
lege. Those who don't pay are liable
to arrest.
Protection of prostitution has led
to commercialized vice, and an army
of men have made their living, in one
'way or another, by managing it and
the women engaged in It
These men become a part of the
political system and have seldom
been molested, although their slaves
have been arrested and fined.
When something happened to
bring the segregated district to public
notice policemen were made the
goats, although their superiors knew
that vice existed in their districts and
winked at its existence.
If at any time Mayor Harrison had
taken the stand he now takes openly,
his orders would have been obeyed.
The segregated district could have
been closed, every public house of
prostitution closed and kept closed
and policemen would have kept out
of trouble.
Under the policy Mayor Harrison
now announces, all police officers will
know just where they stand. I am as
suming and I think rightly that
Mayor Harrison means what he says.
In the past, however, and. "before

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