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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 08, 1913, Image 8',
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HE WASN'T A SHE AT ALL;
SHE WAS A HE
Victor, Col., Jan. 8. Irene
Moynahan, 18, a pupil at the Vic
tor High school, and one of the
belles of the town, is a "he."
For 16 years the child has
passed as a girl, and no one but
its mother knew of the deception.
This story cannot be written
by calling the child it, and as she
is a he, she or he will be given a
man's name inthe next para
graph. His or her mother wants
to call him or her "Ira," but the
town marshal or La Junta, who is
responsible for the unmasking, or
undressing, of "Irene," calls him
"Bill" has been treated as a girl
ever since he can remember. His
mother dressed him in girl's
clothes, and he always attended
the girls' schools. This deception
became a little harder for "Bill"
when he reached high school, but
all the girls say he has never been
anything but a perfect lady.
Reading about suffragettes,
"Bill" decided to come out in the
open and demand equality with
men, being almost, one in reality.
He started out to join his father,
John Moynahan, in Arizona. The
habits of 18 years could not be
shaken in a moment and he set
out on the trip wearing petticoats.
He lasted as far as La Junta.
The town marshal there saw him
smoking a cigarette. That doesn't
pass in La Junta society. The
people have no culture. "Bill" was
arrested as a wayward girl. In
some manner the marshal discov
ered "Bill" was aboy. Then the
whole story leaked out.
The girl pupils of the Victor
High School say they will never
speak to "Bill" again. He has
gone on to Arizona to forget his
The boy's mother said she!
dressed her son in girl's clothe
because girls wore less than boys,
and it was cheaper. The father,
John. Moynahan, has always be
lieves "Bill" was a girl. But hq
NO CHRISTMAS BOX
Mr. Stinger had a particulafl
method of his own in dealing witlf
the various tradesmen who called
at his house with the usual re
quest for Christmas boxes.
Pursuing his usual custom, h$
opened the door himself in answefl
to the butcher boy s knock and an
lowed the youngster to begin.
Boy Wish yer merry Christ
Mr. Stinger Just so.
"An' a happy New Year."
"An' all the rest of it."
There was an impressive si
lence, and Mr. Stinger flattered
himself that he had crushed the;
applicant, dui nu.
"T sav. p-irv'nor." ventured thrt P
boy, "it wouldn't hurt you ter sayj
'Same ter you,' would itf If yec
poor yer can be perlite."
Proprietor of Restaurant
What do you think of our steaks ?i
Customer (gruffly) Too smal
for their age.