"Mrs. Pankhurst's Lecture"
The auditorium of the
Church was well filled on Tuesday evening with an interesting and
attentive audience, the occasion being a lecture on Social Hygiene by the noted
English woman, Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst.
Mrs. Pankhurst stated that the work of the Social
Hygiene Council began in England during the war, and in Canada after the war.
The Canadian government gives grants to support the cause. Six free clinics are
operating in Toronto, and several in Montreal.
The lecturer spoke of her visit to these hospitals
where such mottos as "Too Late" and "Why was I not told" were to be found over
the doors, and gave a most pathetic picture of the women and children, innocent
victims, who were found there suffering from contagious diseases.
Mrs. Pankhurst deplored the wrong done to children
who were denied the birthright of physical health; told of young girls who were
the victims of the White Slave Traffic, and sounded a warning note against the
danger of much of the popular literature of the day.
The lecturer closed a most impressive lecture by
saying, "There is an enemy in our midst that strikes at the root of happiness,"
and urged responsible men and women to strike it hard and to study the question
so that our people may be healthy - physically, mentally and spiritually.
Mrs. Pankhurst's gentle manner, sweet voice, and
pleasing accent, and her warning words regarding this evil, should make a
lasting impression on all who heard her and incite them to do all in their
power to put down this raging evil.
The Liberal,November 8, 1923