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they was adoptin' resolutions
about the very kind of places the
board was tryin' to put the kibosh
on. Believe me, Gertie, there's
too much.Bible quotation andrtoo
little, applied Christianity there
" "Speakin' about reform, I near
ly went over the edge once my
self. That was a couple of years'
ago, when I first come to this
tpwn to work, and didn't know
nobody. Some evenings, when I
wasfr't too tired after standin' on
my feet all day,," I looked at all
fhe girls that seemed to be havin'
a good time, who had friends,
and all that, and I wanted to go
. And one night Laid go out,,
by myself., I hadn't been to dance.
for months, and you know how I
like to waltz. Where was I to go?
I didn't make enough money to
dress, fine enough for the nicer
places,' and even if I did, a girl
cpuldn't go alone.
"So I started! for one of these
here public dance halls. I wasn't
'wise' then. When X got up ta it"
all the music sounded pretty, good
to me, and everybody- was la;Ugh
in', though some of it didn't
sound real natural. And next
- door 'was a saloon, that connect
ed wjth the hall. I started in the
'"But a bjgj fellow that had
cme up behind me grabbed me
by the arm as I was half through
the entrance. 'Never been here
before have yon?' he asks me.
'No,' I answered.
" 'Tou ain't gdia' in, either.
Cpnie along' with me,' and he took
my arm, and started to lead me
up the street. 'But I want to
dance, I want to hear music, and
I want to hear people laugh,' I
told him, and tried to break away.
" 'Sure you do, and you're goin'
to hear it, but not in there.' And
.he took me to a nickel theater,
and then ve ha,d somethin' to eat
in7 a little all-night lunchroom,
and I had the first real good time
Fdhad since I'd been here. Sure,
that was when I met Tom, and
from what's goni' to'happen in
six months, .when he gets his
raise, tyou know what I think of
"Nowr that's what I call real
r-eform, the kind that, helps and
works. I hadn't -doney nothin'
wrong, of-course but if Tom
hadn't come-r-all the sermons in
the world wouldn't a had as much
effect that night as;the way he
talked to'me and sympathized.
Jie'd been against the gamevand
heknew, . --y J
"For all jnost of these reform
ers, the money they have, i and
which gives them enough idleness
to take care of other. jeople,
mightjhave partly come from the
income on -that " hall, or another
like Course, I ain't sayin' but
what they'd close up the places if
thy-knew it, but theydon't know.
They haven't got time to look
where the coin comes from, and
some agent who is only interest
ed in maKing a gooa snowing
takes care of gatherin' it in.
but they don't want to forget that
we're real people, with real feel
ings, and we like pleasure just as.