Poor Adele

In March of 1902, Anthony Comstock addressed the women of the Society for the Study of Life at the Tuxedo building on Madison Avenue. His topic was to be “Children’s Social Amusements,” but the New York Herald reported, “So moved was Mr. Comstock by the sympathy which shone from the fair faces of his hearers that he recounted, instead, the story of his own life.”

After recounting the dangers he had faced during his crusade, he turned to the subject of obscene literature:

“With these hands I have gathered up from institutions for the young eighty-two tons of matter in printed and written form which had been sent there by moral perverts, and I assure you that rather than have my own little child, Adele, read any of these vile things I would dig a grave for her myself and put her in it and cover her up.”

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