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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 28, 1913, Image 22',
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A FEW IDEAS OF THE EVENING AMERICAN
REGARDING WORKING GIRLS
BY JANE WHITAKER
The Americanos. idea of the way store gijls talk: "Profanity equal to
that of a longshoreman." "Don't spill it," meaning don't tell. "Winky
blink" -si can't interpret this. "Tramp," referring to another store .girl.
"You gotta be wised up," meaning taught.
Their idea of appearance of store girl: "Face lacquered with white
wash. Hair oiled. Spit curls for bangs."
Expression of' store girl's face: "None."
Their idea of employers' philanthrophy: "Rest room 10 by 20 feet."
Idea of naughty apparel worn by store girls: ' "Near-silk stockings."
Their idea of a store's gins good
time: "Get a guy and ring hinuup
for $5. Go to Dreamland and date
Idea of the feeling of a girl who
has gone wrong: "I got swell
clothes and.plenty to eat, etc., etc.,
but don t wish me a. Merry Christ'
Idea of why girls, go wrong, abso
lutely nothing to do with low wages:
"It is a wicked vice system, dance
halls that do not advertise, hotels
Idea of charmer who lures good,
eirls into evil ways: "Man of
wealth," consequently supposed to
have an education, .who says: "Kid,
I'll blow you to the beans."
Idea of agent of vice system who
charms good girls so that they fol
low him gladly: "Beady eyes like a
rat, undershot jaw, diamonds, good
Idea of the way girl lives who earns
$5, not in department store, but mail
order house that does not advertise:
"$2 room, $3 meal ticket for 21 ineals
and lasting two weeks." No car-fare,
Apparent idea of clothes to be
worn by said girl spending wage on
room and food: "None."
Idea of proper course for this girl
to assume: "I'll go hungry, do with
out cloth.es, but I shall never go to
dinner with that wicked man." How
ever this seems to apply only to the
girl in mail order house, as all depart
ment girls so far mentionedgouy
with said wicked men.
Idea of furnished room and board
ing house ladies who do advertise:
"Hard countenances, plenty ,of flesh,
giving away bowl of soup and mourn
ing thatshe is compelled to take $2
from poor girl for her room or they
would both be turned out. Saver of
I do know two like that The in
vestigator and myself must both have
had a luck day. I know that the
matron of the Indiana House, who
impressed me as being unsym
pathetic the first time I saw her, has
a heart as big as herself and not
only feeds girls who have no money,
but lends them her own -money.
And I know another little mite of
a woman who wears herself out dav
after day trying to do special things
ior tne girls .-under her roof, eyen
feeding girls who could work, but are
And I also knew of one who has
taken every shred of reputation-from
several good girls, and who knew
they were hungry without feeding
them, and yet condemned one girl
who let a man buy her something to
And. unfortunately I have found
she is not alone.
Idea of hiding identity as investiga
tor: "False curls." v
Idea of what goes on in cafes that
do not advertise: "Wicked men get-
girls intoxicated and take them. -to
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