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That the social evil in American cities is the fault of men and not of women was the conclusion reached by Dean Walter Taylor Sumner of the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, Chicago, in his lecture on "Efficient Citizenship" at the Union last evening.
He first proved the futility of remedying the social evil by segregation, which, he says does not stop the white slave traffic. A social evil law to better the situation is hopeless, for it is unconstitutional. He summed up the fallacies of our present ignorant system as follows: "We turn the entire problem over to police, giving them three distinct powers which they abuse. They are allowed to make pseudo-laws to regulate vice; they are then expected to enforce these laws and punish offenders."
As a remedy, he proposed the decision of the Chicago vice commission-- the establishment of an unpaid commission of citizens to be named by judges, not city officials, and to have special potpies must lead in the work.
Concerning other phases of good citizenship, Dean Sumner asserted that three traits are necessary. The first is knowledge, the second is loyalty to city and country, and the third is action, or the regular assumption of public duties. Correction of the social evils must come through education, and the college men with their exceptional opportunities must lead in the work.
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