Address to the Hull-House Woman's Club, April 16, 1902

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CHICAGO DIRT SPOILED TRIP.

Jane Addams Says Easterners Criticized City’s Streets.

Knowledge of Chicago’s dirty streets prevented Miss Jane Addams of Hull house from having a pleasant and comfortable time during her recent visit to New York and Boston.

“Wherever I went I received severe digs on Chicago’s dirt,” said Miss Addams to the members of the Hull House Woman’s club at the regular meeting yesterday. “I became exceedingly sensitive and really dreaded meeting Easterners; they always slandered our streets, taking it for granted we do not even try to be clean. They never wearied of telling how our dust and endless dirt had annoyed them.

“But now I am back again, I suppose I’ll get used to the dirt and not mind it so much. But, candidly, I passed many an unpleasant quarter hour trying to defend our dirt policy.”

Miss Addams also said she had been misquoted in her attitude on the saloon and that since she had returned prohibitionists were constantly calling on her to ascertain if she actually declared the saloon to be an acceptable social center.

She also told of meeting District Attorney Jerome of New York, who she thinks resembles President Roosevelt in force, intent, and energy.

The protest against dirt was echoed by the Chicago Woman’s club. The art and literature department introduced a resolution asking the club members to join with the Municipal Art league for the abatement of the smoke nuisance. The department realized that summer was coming and the members wanted an opportunity to wear a white shirt waist one whole morning with the assurance it would be “passable” at the luncheon hour. This resolution was discussed together with resolutions from five other departments, and will be finally acted upon by the club next Wednesday.

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