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NOON EDITION ONE CET
CHIEF GLEASON JOLTS DANCE HALLS CITY
WARS ON TICKET SCALPERS GIBBONS WINJS
OVER McGOORTY GERMANY ANSWERS U. S.
THE DAY BOOK!
An Adless Newspaper, Daily Except Sunday
VOL.4, NO. 132 Chicago, Wednesday, March 3, 1915 398 jg
MORALS COURT FIGURES SHOW LOW
WAGES AS CAUSE OF VICE
Mrs. Kirk, Court Statistician, Makes Reports 108 'Girls
Fell Through Lack of Living Wages Some Paid
as Low as $1 a Week Few have Had
From the end of the easy path
the morals court real figures show
ing "why girls go wrong have been
given out Records compiled by
Judge Goodnow from 518 cases pick
ed at random give insufficient wages
and lack of education as the greatest
economic causes for immorality.
Of the 518 girls, 108 told Mrs. Flor
ence Kirk, secretary to the judge,
that low wages had caused their
downfall. Among the rest 218 said
that a promise of marriage not ful
filled led them from the narrow path.
Drinks, drugs, dress, dance halls
and saloons, solaces" for the girl or
fellow who has not the means for
proper entertainment, had contrib
uted their hit toward pushing down
some of tne girls who pass
through the court of morals.
The figures are as follows: Drink1
ruined 94 girls outright; 247 other?
said that it was a secondary cause
for their delinquency; drugs, 18;
dance halls, 145, and saloons, 88,
was the foil of poverty. '
The longing for clothes that the
poor girl feels brought 120 girls oufc
on the street. Lack of restraint and
the temptations of the unguarded
parks drew their toll, the former 98
and the latter 3.
Figures on wages paid these out
cast girls .before they tried the "fid
ed way" are startling. Just 41 qf
the 518 started to work for'fl a
week! One hundred and oneeee
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