No. 465
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
April 01, 2020

Shocking Youthful Depravity.

The discovery that public school children frequent immoral places creates a startling sensation in C
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Shocking Youthful Depravity.

Shocking Youthful Depravity

The discovery that public school children frequent immoral places creates a startling sensation in Columbus, O. [more]

From the startling developments which have been in process of unfolding for the last few days at Columbus, O., says the Journal of that town, and which reached a culmination yesterday, it would seem that the well disposed missionaries have found a fruitful field at home. Conscientious Christian ladies have been stricken with horror in the past few days when they were told that public school pupils—boys and girls—had been for several weeks previous engaged in the pastime of visiting a resort on Town street which sails under the front name of saloon and restaurant, but has rear establishments with stalls and booths and all the paraphernalia which go to make up and improvised place of assignation, where drinking and intoxication may be imagined as among the milder crimes indulged in.


Reprinted from National Police Gazette, December 22, 1888.