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. STORY ABOUT A WORKING
Virtue may be its own reward.
It certainly doesn't get much
other reward in this age of high
Helen Kane, 20 years old, found
a purse containing $55 two weeks
ago. No one saw her find 'it.
There was nothing to stop Her
' keeping the.money. ,
But she didn't keep it. She
' handed it over to the police, and
"the owner of the money ' was
1 found, and claimed it. ,,
And jiqw Helen Kane, her in
valid mother, 14-year-old sister
and ltf-year-old brother,, 'may be
v turned out into the street? before
" the end of this week.
Helen Kane is a workirig girl.
She works Tit the G. Felsenthal
Novelty factdry, at 206 South
"Jefferson street. She gets $6 a
'week, and she labors from 8:30 to
5:30 six days, in every week to
And Helen Kane is the sole
'support of. her invalid' mother and
'little brother and sister. The
' father of the family is dead.
- Helen Kane's mother has been
an invalid for twelve years. The
igirl does most of the housework,
although, Rosie, the 14-year-old
lister, helps' out. Helen has to
lwalk to and from work every
morning because she cannot af
The KaneTlie at 1219 Wade st
'in a four-room frame "house,"be
rhind the hous,e of their landlady,
-a Mrs. Stermer. .
Their rent for this, "house'Is
$6.50 a month., They are four
GIRL WHO' WAS HONEST
months behind witft it, and Mrs.
Stermer says she cannot wait
Since the storyvof hpw the girl
found the purse and returned it
was published, several women
have sent Helen Kane clothes.
She said today:
"The trouble is I don't need
clothes. I have all the clothes II
want," and she smoothed doWn
The dress was a plain black af
fair of the cheapest material. It
is the only one she has.
"The only thing we need just
now is money to pay the rentj"
the girl went on. "And I don't see
how we are going to get it. It
comes to $26 m all. That is a for
tune." "Wby didn't you keep the $55
you found? Most people, would
have done so," the girl was asked.
"How could I keep it?" stfe
asked. '"It wasn't my money. It
wouldn't have heen honest-, to
"Didn't you' think at theiine
how handy ft would come in to
pay the rent and save you and
ydur mother and sister and broth
er from being put out in the
street?" she was asked.
"Yes," she said. "I did think df
that. It made me cry. It seemed
such an awful lot of money.
"But I just stopped thinking
about that J found the money on
the way to work. L didn't tell any
of the girls at the factory about
it because I was afraid they
would tefl me. to keep it. I stopped
in at the Desplaines street police
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