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The Road to Destruction Made Easy in Chicago (Classic Reprint)

The Road to Destruction Made Easy in Chicago (Classic Reprint)

ISBN: 9781334729409
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Publication Date: 2017-07-15
Number of pages: 28
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Excerpt from The Road to Destruction Made Easy in Chicago

The Association had a right to hope that in the reforms which it was assumed would undoubtedly follow such a disaster, the moral and social'conditions of the boats would be considered as well as adequate safety provisions. Before the end of the season, however, the lake excursion boats were running with their usual quota of passengers, and most of the old shocking conditions prevailed, as shown by 'the report of the investigators of the Juvenile Protective Association. Forty trips in all were made by these men across Lake Michigan, covering six different steamship lines. Ou most of the investigated boats, pad'dle games, roulette wheels, doll and candy raffles were permitted. The dancing was vulgar, rough and indecent. Liquor was often sold to minors men and women drank freely; couples lay about in each other's arms on poorly lighted decks; staterooms were rented indiscriminately to men and women without any regard to their martial relations - in many instances to young people under 18 years of age; men were taking liberties with 'decent looking girls, some of whom were intoxicated. The safety appliances were used as seats; the life boats were covered with people who were lying on them; ropes were tied up in knots, and in case of accident there would have been great loss of life.

Shall this be allowed to continue? The Juvenile Protective As sociation feels that nothing effective can be done about safeguarding life and morals on the lake boats without a large body of public opin ion. It seems incredible that after the enormous loss of life on the Eastland this has not been secured. While every effort is being made to do away with prostitution in the city of Chicago and the segregated district is practically closed, many of the lake excursion boats, seeming to offer innocent enjoyment with fresh air and the holiday making which city young people so obviously need, are virtually floating houses of vice and a fruitful source of supply for the so-called W'hite Slaver.'

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