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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 03, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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"Btraight hours or less in each 24,"
said Aid. Wm. E. Rodriguez. "I would
be willing as a last resort to take pay
raises for the men out of the city
traction fund, but only .as a last re
sort. "The city loses on its 55 per cent
fund whenever the companies in
crease operating cost. So if the
companies are compelled to pay the
wage increase demanded by the men
it is in effect the city helping pay a
wage increase.
"Mr. Busby gets a salary of $62,000
a year. ' So he's no authority on what
workingmen need to live on. And he
rides to his office in a motor car. So
he's no authority on what the strap
hangers want"
The car men's letter to Mayor
Thompson yesterday points to the
millions of dollars grabbed off by the
stock and bondholders of the com
panies, while the men are "notorious
ly underpaid and overworked." In the
last five years $31,000,000 interest
on capital stock has been paid and
last year it was $7,729,650, with ad
ditional net profits of $1,981,000.
o o
The city hall was rapped as a har
boring place for women of the street
and men searching for easy prey in
a scathing attack on the morals
court delivered by Judge Mahoney
today. He says that this court has
brought the levee element into the
city hall and respectability brushes
elbows with degradation and vice.
"When they moved 22d street they
brought it into the city hall," declared
Judge Mahoney. "Every day hun
dreds of women on the street and
their 'men' are brought into the city
hall to answer charges in the morals
court. "When their business is done
they wander about in the corridors or
seat themselves in another courtroom
and quietly ply their trade.
"Nearly every judge in the city hall
has seen these women and men come I
into the court and loaf. A woman in -'-the
lowest step of degradation may
be sitting beside a young and inno
cent girl who is called into the court
as a witness. And we can't be sure
that she hasn't a right there.
"The morals court should be either
moved from the city hall or the hours
changed so that these women and P
men will not be brought into contact
with the thousands who find them
selves in the municipal building on
legitimate business.
"Make the morals court a night
court if necessary, as it is in New
York. Then these women who are
arrested for soliciting will not meet
thousands of municipal employees
and respectable citizens who are in
the city hall daily.
"Practically all of the arrests for
soliciting are made at night. A night
court would make it possible to bring
the eirls in and either fine them or
let them go without forcing them to
stay in a cell over night or pay a
grafting bondsmen. The rake-off of
these bondsmen is hundreds of thou
sands every year.
"The fact that over fifty hangers
on about the morals court have been
arrested and many of them fined is
sufficient proof that the authorities
realize the danger from this type.
"Would a man who hangs around
the morals court to hear disgusting
cases of licentiousness hesitate to ap
proach a respectable girl whom he
found alone in another part of the
"The place for the morals court is
not in the city hall among respect
able people, but off by itself, where
the type of people who frequent such 9
a place for the thrills experienced
would be shown up in 'their true
light without an excuse to offer.
"The only argument advanced for
segregated vice is that it prevents
contact with the innocent. Why then
should we take the worst of our vice
element and thrust it among the
other courts in a building that thou
sands visit every day?"

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