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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 05, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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By Jane Whitaker
I asked Judge C. N. Goodnow,
who presides over the morals court,
if he believed there was any ade
quate solution to the prostitution
Day after day girls come into the
morals court who have been 'picked
up on the street for soliciting. It is
a very common occurrence to find
that the girl who is being sentenced
to pay a fine today paid one a week
ago and a few weeks before that.
It is a very common thing to Tiear
Judge Goodnow say to these girls:
"You have been here before. The
last time you were before me you
promised if I would give you a
chance you would not be back again
and yet you are here once more."
And when I asked Judge Goodnow
if he thought there was an adequate
solution he looked very thoughtful.
"I do not know whether there is
any solution for it," he said. "We
have to go out and earn a living at
least a basis of a vocational training
that will enable them to live decently.
"There are lots of things that
might be done to alter- the situation,
but we do not know whether they
would ohange it until we try them
out. They are only guesswork and
we are like drowning sailors grasping
at every straw to try to relieve con
ditions and change the situation.
"We hops, so far as we are able to
see, that the shelter plan will help
some. At least, if we get a shelter
society will have redeemed itself par
tially by giving these people an avo
cation which they did not and could
not get before by reason of economic
"When you realize that 46 per cent
of our pupils inhe schools quit at
the sixth grade and about 49 per cent
iat the eighth grade, that a great
mass of them leave school at the age
of 14, and when you realize that the
many centuries and havent reached
a conclusion yet.
"To me it seems a matter of edu
cation and moral training largely.
We will have to do away with the
double moral standard, and the wom
en of this country can do a whole
lot toward that if they will refuse to
recognize the man as they do the
"Then we will have to teach our
young men more chivalry toward
woman, to view her in a different
light from what he does. Change the
golden rule so that every man will
havevit deeply engraved on his heart
that he should do by every woman
as he would have his mother, sister
or daughter done by.
"We will have to also change cer
tain economic conditions and provide
an opportunity for people to earn a
living who wish to do so.
"We will have to change our
school system by some method that
have had to deal with the problem for J bulk of the girls who come in here,
at least those that we have been able
to get any history on at all, are girls
who left school at 14 and are girls
who never got beyond the grammar
school, you can begin to realize that
there Is something radically wrong
with the educational system that per
mits these girls to go out at 14 to
compete with the better-equipped in
dividual and have no avocation in
life they can follow, nothing they
can do and then expect them to suc
ceed. The great wonder to me is
that more of them do not go wrong.
"We are just living in hope that we
can do something to relieve. There
must be a tremendous change in the
teaching of morality in the home.
There should also be a tremendous
ly larger amount of chaperonage,
because my experience has taught
me upon Investigation in the court of
domestic relations that morel girls
were ruined in their own home be
cause of lack of chaperonage than in
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