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[308] but the district of Columbia is. not an ancient colony, from which the sons go out into the western plains, leaving their sisters in the old homesteads. Columbia means Washington, a city of art ; of fashion and of pleasure; a city in which it is easy to drink and dice, to dance and flirt. Women are drawn to Washington, because Washington is the capital; the seat of government; a place in which there are many single men; and in which more money is spent than earned.

In all the other states and territories, there is excess of male life. In some, as Vermont, Delaware, and Kentucky, the excess is slight — not more than seven in each thousand souls. In others, such as Utah, Indiana, Arkansas, and New Mexico, the surplus male life is not excessive. In California, Kansas, and Minnesota, the excess is striking; and in Arizona, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana, it is enormous-three to one, and even four to one. Does any one need evidence as to the moral and social aspects of a region in which there is only one White woman to four White men?

Physical loss appears to follow closely in the wake of this moral loss. For many years, nobody paid

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