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Vol. lt No 47 Chicago, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 1911.
THE STORY OF OLGA, AN IMMIGRANT GIRL, IN
' CHICAGO, BY JANE ADDAMS, HULL HOUSE
Persecuted by White Slavers, Thrown Out onfhe Streets
Penniless, She Prefers Death to " Dishonor--and Is
Arrested and. Branded in Court ....
The evil case pf the immigrant-girl in Chicago friendless, help
less, unable to protect herself and knowing no one to whon to, apply
.for protection, is, pointed out in. the current number of McClure's
magazine, by Jane Addams, of Hull House. - ; -
., To illustrate the horrible; injustice ,to which these girls are
Subjected,, Miss Addams tells. this story:" . . . ,
h "Olga-wasfa tall,-handsome girl,a little ga.ssive and slow, yet
with that' touch of dignity,. Which a contmued jnood of introspec
tion so often'lerids to.the young.;".,! --- s"' e
. "Olga had been in 'Chicago for a year', .living with an aunt, who,
when .she 'returned. to."Sweden,'placed-her-niece in a boarding house
r which, she iknew to ,be thoroughly .respectable.
"But-a foendless.irl of-such striking beauty could not escape
"the machinations of .those.who profit -by- the sale of girls. .
"Almost immediately. Olga found herself 'beset by two young
men, who continually forced -themselves upon her. attention, al
though she refused all their linvitations tp-shows and dances. -. -
. - "In, six months, 'the. frightened girl had-changed her boarding,
rplace four times hoping that the men would not be able tO.follow,
her. , " ' ' ' - r I
'She also was obliged to -look constantly for a cheaper place,
.because the .dull, season in the cloak-makmg trade came early that'
-'year. In the fifth boarding place, .she finally found herself so far
in arrears -that the landlady, tired, of waiting for the "new cloajc-
making to begin," at length fulfilled a long promised threat, and
one,summerevening-at 9 o'clock,' literally put Olga into the street,
retaining her trunk in paymentfor the debt. t
"The gijrl walked, the street for hours, until she fancied tljat
she saw one oher persecutors in the distance, when she hastily took
refuge in a sheltered doorway, crouching in terror. c
" "Although no one approached her, she sat there latq into the
night, apparently too apathetic 'to tnove. Wth the cm-iqus nco.n-