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TRIBUNE FINDS THAT GIRLS GO WRONG FOR
' 'LITTLE CHEAP, CHIPPED ENAMEL WATCHES'
The souls -of some "journalists" are very cheap. Some of them are
cheaper, than the bodies of the women they dare despise.
Last. Thursday Henry M. Hyde, who has been writing so much city
beautiful bunk in The Tribune, had a signed story on another subjection
The Tribunes front page. "
It was, the story of how a girl went wrong. It was a simple story. And
it was told well.
Thegirl, dressed in cheap finery, but beautified by "fresh-pink cheeks,"
was , standing, under .an arc light in a summer amusement park.
. A,. man came around the corner. The girl smiled to him; the man
spoke; they sat down and drank together.
The first thing the girl told the man was that she was on the square:
the,.next the' full and complete story
Her father had died when she was
nicyears old. She had worked hard
eveiysince then. This doubtless ex
plains the "fresh pink'of her cheeks"
Mr. Hyde talked about. All girls who
Wrork like slaves from the. time they
are' nine have "fresh pink cheeks."
, At the' time' she "picked up-he
man' the girl was working in a
packing room in the stockyards. And
shV-was "getting $10'a week!
Far-be it from, us to question the
knowledge' of Mr.' Henry M. Hyde.
But we should like him to tell ushow
argirl gets $10perweek in the stock
yards'. We'd like to pass the informa
tibn along for the benefit of the other
girls .who workih packing rooms at
the stockyards- for $Z50 and $3 a
But it 'was. the girl's work in the
stockyards that had driven her to the
amusement park and into speaking to
the man that night."
' Ybu- see, , the girl's chum, who
Worked -beside here in the packing
room at the stockyards, and who
doubtless also got $10 a week, had
gone into" the toilet that day, and
been carried'aut again, with the
hideous burns., of carbohc acid
marring .HER "fresh pink, cheeks."
. " S,o the, girl in the park was de-.
pressed and.nervous and aching for a
little-innocent fun lo make her' for
get;..' But -we're v forgetting the girl's
story, as told by Mr. Henry M.
Hyde. She had two sisters. One
was a waitress. She hadn't been
waitressing long. Tet she was get
ting $13.6.0 a week. The other sister
was "on the stage," and she was get
ting $30 a week.
s'A right fortunate family this' that
Mr. Henry M. Hyde was so kind as
to introduce us to. Every member
of it appears to have got wages that
no other working girls undersimilar
circumstances can get. Very likely
each member of the family carried
a horseshoe around with her.
When the girl had done telling' the
man of the remarkable adventures of
herself and her family in wage' earn
ing, she told him how- she was sav
ing up. to-buy a hat, and how she-even
then had $365 in her stocking toward
The' girl told the man she intended
to go over to the other side of town
and buy the hat on Milwaukee ave
nue, because she had heard things
were so cheap there.
The man, a chivalrous, gallant per
son possibly it was Mr. Henry, M.
Hyde himself! offered to, take her
over to Milwaukee avenue then and
The girl allowed him to. The man,,'
just out of the goodness of his heart,
slipped a five-case bill into the girl's
hand on the way over, telling her to
blow herself good on the hat.
The girl at first refused the money,1