JUST GIRLS BY MARY BOYLE O'REILLY .
There was a fire the other day in Pearl street the Pearl street that-
lines New York's rwater front' where ancient buildings now serve as immi-
B" . grant homes.
German, Italian and Irish' girls, just landed, watched, with silent terror,
their first view of a strange land. Across the narrow, lane-an old six-story
perfume factory burned like a torch, the tremendous heat generated from
flaming fats 'blistering the opposite house walls. Strangling fumes and
clouds of acricL saffron smoke belched from the north windows as drugs,
exploded with thunderous detonations. ?
. "They say it is the most dangerous factory in all New. York," Hannah
tola uretzei.- The girl strangers drew together in their, ingnr ana loneu
ness. ; '
"And they say more than a hundred work in that awful place, and they
are there now," Yetta' moaned to Hannah. "Poor men poor men."
The fire raged on. Three alarms had summoned "all the apparatus
south of 14th street. e A giant, water tower vibrated beside the Maritime
building. A squadron'of fire boats-lying at the battery hurled annihilating
streams of salt water across an eighth of a mile. The boom of a rending
ammonia tank summoned the Red Cross corps With their pulmotor. Horse's,
stung to madness by the overpowering ;vapors, struggled and. trampled, to
I ' escape. Firemen worked in relays, held oft by, invisible barriers oLodors.
High up in thje doomed building above the ether reek and the belching
i . smoke, patrolmen from Old ShiD station guided imprisoned workers to
) i safety. In the haze their dim figures could be .discerned creeping, creep-
l.j ing along the giddy ramparts.
j j "The Lord protect them," "Madonna mia! Oh, the poor men, the poor
i men.!" sobbed Hannahand Vittoria and Gretzel.
) A panting, fireman turned, "Them ain't men," he gasped. "No men
! i work in that fire trap only girls."1
i A cannon roar of exploding chemicals cracked the walls of the gutted
building. But Hannah,- Vittoria and Gretzel stared, wide-eyed and unhear-
ing,, into-the face of fear. .For they had learned, in a word, the heart grip
ping fact that the workers in the most dangerous fa"ctories'6f th'eir !and-of-
; promise are only GIRLS. , . .
POP CORN BALLS T '. CLEANING WINDOWS
Take three large ears of popcorn.
Rice corn is best. After popping
shake it down in the pan so the un-
popped corn will settle at the bottom.
Put the popped corn in a greased.pan.
For the candy, take one cup of mo
lasses, one" cup of .light brown or
white sugar, one tablespoon of vine
gar. Boiljuntil it will harden in
water. Pour on the corn. Stir with
a spoon until thoroughly mixed. Then
mold into balls with the hand.
J-i The -world's record. hen is a white
Plymouth .Rock that laid 2&1 eggs Jn
12 months.and'recently sold for $800.
Be sure and "wash yqur windows
Lwhen the sun is nOt-shinihg. If they
dry too quickly they, may streak be
fore they can bejwipecL'.A'-good way
to clean, theni quickly: is tb: use whit
ing and alcohol and ' benzene, with
enough calcined' magnesia,' added to
make'a-thick .milk; is, excellent. Both
these mixtures are "much - better for
cleaning than soap and water.
' Daily Healthogram.
Cataract of the eye is due to
change in the lens so that it becomes
opaque, 'it cannotj be dissolved
Nothing helpsbut an 'operation.
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