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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 04, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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lodging house.
donia st.
. Lena Chalmers, 542 N. Clark st,
told Judge Newcomer, morals court,
that it was an old Scotch custom to
open all windows in the house and
take a walk on New Year's eve. She
did this, she told the Judge, and was
invited to have a drink by Martin
She accepted and both were ar
rested by Detective James Carney of
the Chicago av. station.
"Is it a Scotch custom to take a
drink on New Year's eve, also?" ask
ed the judge.
Lena replied yes.
"I think that those are the men's
customs," said the judge. "I will dis
charge you if you take a promise to
swear off drinking."
Lena promised and the couple were
o o
j By Jane Whitaker
"Is there any solution to the prob
lem of prostitution?"
I next asked this question of Mrs.
Leonore Z. Meder, commissioner of
the Public Welfare Bureau, who
spent many years in an attempt to
reclaim girls.
"A solution? I wonder?" she an
swered. "It is a world-old problem.
Every solution we have attempted
has been tried in Europe and has fail
ed. I believe my grandchildren will
still be trying to find a solution and
still unable to do so.
"It is my own idea that one of the
big helps would be religion, no mat-
ter what creed, so that it gav,e to the
girls some ideals toward which to
"I certainly do not believe we will
ever get at anything by the fining
system. Why fine a girl and let some
lover take her out which only adds
to prostitution? I have had cases
where negroes paid fines for white
, "The rehabilitation of the street so
licitor who has been years at the busi
ness can only be made possible by
confinement from three to five years.
A woman cannot be brought back to
her senses, physically, mentally and
morally, until she has had time to be
come normal once more. It is so easy
for girls to go back on the street.
, "I bad one girl for eight years
under my supervision and two weeks
f after she left my supervision she was
on the street again. They sometimes
require eternal supervision.
"I do not believe it is fair to society
or the home to have any of these girls
in homes where there are young boys
and girls. We find that instead of
one girl coming back there are two
or three or four. I know of one case
on the north side wbere a 17-year-old
prostitute was put in the home and
broke up the family. The wife had
to get a divorce 'from her husband
and he is now married to the girl. I
know of another case where I placed
a girl in a home and she ran away
with clothing and jewelry.
"I think the idea of a shelter home
is all right for older women, but they
should not put women under 35 in the
shelter. I believe the Erring Worn-
en's Home and Coulter House can
take better care of the younger girls.
"Again, many of these girls have
trades. Some of them are bookkeep
ers, some stenographers, some dress
makers, and it would do them no
good to be sent to the shelter home.
"Prom niy experience I have found
that 'girls go wrong for many rea
sons. The sane girl falls through
love. Ninety-five per cent of the
prostitutes are subnormal.
"A great many girls coma to Chi
cago from country towns when they
faced disgrace and hid themselves in
toe segregated district af tecthey had

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