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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 18, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 16

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the prude back into fashion she made
indignant denial.
"Nay, ma cherie, the beach, belle
is a born coquette. Nothing fash
ion can do would make of her a
prude, The long sleeve is like the
demure little poke bonnet, the veil
that covers all the -face, it is coquet
ish rather than prudisfo"
"Fashion has made no mistake in
tucking the bathing girl's arms in
sleeves and you see we leave her
much freedom the ankles and the
knees are quite free."
Mme. Marguerite introduces a new
fabric as well as a new model in the
long sleeved bathing costume which
is made of chiffon taffeta treated by
a steam process to make it water
proof in salt or fresh' water. The
gown itself is in broad diagonal
stripes of black and, white. The
VERY SHORT skirt, bloomers,
sleeves and collar are black.
New York, Feb. 18. Are the fasci
nating depths of decollete so fashion
able in feminine apparel driving
America into decadence?
Ministers, doctors, suffragists, con
gressmen and vice eradicatora are
contending around the alluring fig
ure of Dame Current Fashion and
there is a likelihood her few remain
ing veilings may be stripped from her.
Even the drees of the school girl
and working girl is being taken up by
women's organizations.
At Sandusky, 0., a girl lost her job
in a downtown restaurant because
the skirt she wore was considered by
her employer too short Another
girl, employed in an ice cream parlor,
lost her job becaup she refused to
wear waists higher at the neck.
CapL W. W. Myers, Virginia con
gressman, has introduced an anti
modesty bill in the legislature and de
clares milady's dress 'less modest
than actual nudity."
The General Federation of Wo
men's clubs, to hold a convention in
New York in May, which will be at
tended by 20,080 women from all
parts of the country, will launch a
campaign for the uplift of the low
Mrs. Thomas A. Edison, wife of the
inventor, and associates in the Wo
mens' club of East Orange, N. J., has
published a request that all who at
tend the club's parties should aid in
the establishment of proper standard
of evening gown.
The attack has plunged New York
into a discussion of the relation be
tween nude shoulders and male mor
als. Two famous leaders of the decollete
discussion today explained their posi
tions, as follows:
Views of Miss Lucille Pugh, Famous
Woman Lawyer of Wall Street
"If the legislature is going to de
fine modesty in dress, it had better
make us dress like women of the har
em at once!
"If bare arms and six or even 12
inches of neck arouse men's passions,
let the legislature regulate the men.
"Women will wear what they
please, and will never consider it sin
ful.to have beautiful arms and necks.
"These moralist congressmen are
beginning at the wrqng end. It is as
if there were a dangerous animal at
large and they let it roam while keep
ing the populace shut in doors. What
they should do is to restrain the wild
animal that is, try to keep the gen
tlemen from running" amuck at the
very sight of that which is both ar
tistic and beautiful."
Views of Mrs. Thomas A. Edison,
Wife of the Inventor.
"The tendency in women's gowns
has always been toward the extreme,
the immodest,

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