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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 12, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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should be put back into the hands of
private individuals? How would you
like to see our great water system
put into the hands of $72,000-a-year
Busby and Weatherwax of street car
fame? Wouldn't you howl? You
know it!
Jay Gould once said that the post
office business should be a private in
stitution and run by private indi
viduals. Now about the machinery of pro
duction? "The inventive genius of
the laboring men and women of the
nation have increased a hundred
times over the productive capacity of
the nation, and who gets the benefit
of these great inventions? The com
mon people? No! It is the shrewd
exploiters who gobble up and utilize
the machinery for their own benefit
and to the detriment of the workers.
How can these things be remedied?
Simplest thing in the world: Nation
alization. As to methods, study So
cialism and find out Look for my
next on "Methods." Of if you want
to learn how it can't be done ask
Weatherwax and Busby. C. M.
Maxson, 6620 Normal av.
ply to a writer on "Immodesty in
Dress" I would like to state a few
ideas I have on the subject. If a girl
appears on the street with short
skirts to her shoe tops or higher and
people turn and stare and make re
marks, this is no sign that either she
or her dress is immoral or even im
modest It is merely a sign that the dress
is a new style and people have not
become -accustomed to it
Do you remember the first time
you saw the skirt with a slit in the
side? I can remember very well the
first one I saw. I can recall the wom
an's form, the dress, the color of it
the slit and the hose underneath. I
can almost recall her face and the
hat she wore. I saw many thousands
of that style since, and after it had
been in vogue a while I ceased to be
startled by the sight and thought ,
nothing at all about the hose which
were exposed at every step. I no
ticed, too, that men were no longer
interested in the girls' hose as they
got on and off street cars. They j
had become accustomed to the sight ;
and it had no novelty for them.
That style was as sensible as worn-
en's styles dare to be, but some skirts
were altogether too tight but not all
of them. If they are not made so
tight as to prevent walking and run
ning they are much more sensible
than yards and yards of drapery in .
But the styles change so rapidly we
cannot get acquainted with one style ,
before another makes its appearance.
Years ago styles used to change once
a year. Now they change several
times in a season. ,
People stare at short skirts, but if
the style of our grandmothers were ,
to appear suddenly, with mutton-leg
sleeves and long, full skirts with
hoops I am sure every one would .
stare just as hard and as many re
marks would be made, and yet not
one line of the form would be re
vealed in such a style.
Why should the sight of a girl's
limb be immodest Do we not see
men's forms revealed every day in
their clothing, in their shirt sleeves
and open collars, at the golf links and
tennis courts and other field sports?
Do we not see men's forms in bath-'
ing tights? We never think that
men are immoral or immodest in
their trunks. They are not they are
only free and not hampered by a lot
of senseless drapery.
We only think that girls are im
modest because we have not been
accustomed to the sight If girls
could wear bathing suits, even trunks,
for the period of a generation no
one would ever cast a second glance
at them.
I heard a good woman say once
that if she had a daughter who would
ride horseback astride she would
punish her. We think nothing of tins '

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