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yoxld. 1 never- Have understood
quite why. But I think the rea-,
son was that at my father's home
I jnet only boys of my own age.
'"You see, I knew -I was beauti
ful. I know I am still beautiful.
That is one knowledge no woman
ever loses while she retains her
"And I had been reading books
I ought-not to.have been reading,
and "wanted to get out into the
world and meet MEN-not boys
nor youths but MEN.
"So I coaxed and coaxed dad
until he let me go to a Cincinnati
business college.. He did not like
the idea yery well, but he Jet me
go in the end as he let me have
pretty nearly everything else I
wanted in the end.
"Now you must remember that'
at this time J was only fifteen
years old, and chucki ull of things
I had read in books.
"There are things in modern
books that no girl of- fifteen
should ever be allowed to read. -
"I read "Three Weeks" and'
books by Robert W. Chambers'
and things of that sort.
"I wonder if you have any idea
how such books, affect a young
girl just budding into woman
hood. "You know the books. You
know the way they seem to sanc
tify illegal love; how they crown
the woman who gives herself to a
man without marriage as one
who makes the ultimate sacri
fice and is made O so happy.
"You understand what I mean.
But do you, can you, understand
what such books and such
thoughts mean to a girfbf fifteen?
"Can you imagine how they
play on--her imagination? Can
you imagine what castles they
lead her to build on air? Can you
imagine what dreams they give
her? - Can you imagine how they!
leadf her to scorn the prosaic,
everyday young men of her- ac
quaintance? "Of course I met many young
men at business college older than
those I had been accustomed to'
meet at my father's home.
"But they were all much alike..