Mail Tribune 100

April 23, 1914

The social diseases, commonly known as "the great red plague," will be the problem before the meeting of the Medford Social Hygiene society at its first meeting Thursday, April 30. It has been only within recent years that the attention of thinking people has been called by skilled medical authority to the fact that thousands of the finest red-blooded young men and older boys of the country are becoming infected with these diseases, and are afterwards marrying into the best families only to pass the dreaded infection to their innocent wives and children. The case of the young man who would have his fling and later supposing himself cured of a disease acquired, unsexed his wife or became the father of a blind child is a case that is sadly too well known and needs no further comment.

This conference is a call for sane and constructive action. Every man in the city who is earnestly interested in the welfare of the home and the protection of girls and boys will plan to attend.

Besides results of sexual vice, causes of and remedies for the evil will be discussed, special attention being devoted to the needs of parents properly equipping their children with facts regarding the true nature of sex rather than allowing them to get their information from untrustworthy and pernicious sources.

The Oregon Social Hygiene society, with whose co-operation the movement is being organized here, is regarded as the leading society of its kind in the country. Other societies in the land readily concede this and are looking to the Oregon society for leadership. Branch societies already have been organized in Astoria, Albany, Baker, Corvallis, Cottage Grove, Eugene, The Dalles, Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Hood River, La Grande, Oregon City, Pendleton, Roseburg, Salem and McMinnville, and are doing excellent educational work in those cities. Within the two and a half years of its existence the society has published and distributed approximately 400,000 copies of circulars, has given talks on sex hygiene before over 50,000 men, women, young men and young women, in mills, shops, department stores, laundries, business offices, social halls and other miscellaneous places; has displayed exhibits before over 80,000 people; has engaged in a successful campaign against quack doctors, quack nostrums and advertising specialists who have played on the ignorance and credulity of boys and men.

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