Jim Kershner’s this day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago
Mayor W.J. Hindley continued his campaign against naughty forms of dancing.
He went to the Emerson School’s parent-teacher meeting and said that a recent ordinance had put a stop to ragtime dancing and other “grave abuses” at the city’s dance halls. However, he said, there was one other venue in which obscene dancing continued to thrive: at home.
“The conditions of the dance are worst in private homes, where they almost beggar description, because we have failed to realize the duty devolving on us as parents,” the mayor said. “The interest of parents in the actions of their boys and girls are not as deep and close as they should be and it is no wonder that sometimes the wild horses of passion run away with the boys and girls.”
The mayor was clearly alarmed by the moral state of the young generation, who he feared “will slip from the home with no one to point the way.”
“If you don’t believe it, go downtown any night and see the young people on the streets, the kind of girls that are there, or go to our parks and parties,” he said.
The vice president of the parent-teachers association agreed, and remarked that child life is like plant life: It requires “pure surroundings to thrive.”