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The moment I could get Mr. Hughes
alone the next morning I confided the
whole sad story.
"He looked me over from head to
feet, then he started to laugh a
nasty, mean laugh that made me long
to slap him.
" 'So that's your game, is it?' he
asked. 'Well, who would have
thought it? I took you for an in
nocent country bumpkin to amuse an
idle hour and you're just a cheap
grafter. But for heaven's sake, kid,
why did you tackle the profesh?
Don't you know we theatrical people
have been wised up to your kind?
You couldn't touch us for a scent if
roses were free.'
"Poor little me. All my castles
tumbled in the sand. I didn't have
the courage to go back to the hotel
for lunch I sat on the beach in the
sun until I was burned to a blister,
and I shed salt tears and concluded
life wasn't worth living anyway, and
that I would like to be at the bot
tom of the ocean with all of my
troubles over. Love at seventeen is
worse than indigestion after eating
cucumbers and milk.
"At the dinner table I saw the story
had been circulated and everyone
avoided me. So when I reached my
room I shed another bucketful of
tears, wrote Misunderstood for my
middle name and nenned a last fare
well to mother &nd the cruel world.
"And just at that moment, when
I should have had unbroken solitude,
the landlady rushed up to my room.
'"Oh, you poor Child,' she said.
'It was a shame to misjudge you so
cruelly and that mean little liar shall
leave my hotel tonight. The cheap
"What is it? I gasped.
" 'I forgot to tell you, I am so up
set There's a man downstairs that
found your pocketbook this morning
when he went for his early dip In the
ocean and as he had to go to New
York for the day he couldn't bring it
Wtil just now, and. J am. so excite
and-it Tiad a letter with your ad
"I got my pocketbook Hughes
left the hotel voluntarily and I sure
had ar host of friends the two weeks
I stayed there but my introduction
to the ocean waves wasn't exactly
what might be termed pleasant, for
the man that returned my lost
pocketbook couldn't return my lost
affections, and it was a full month
before I forgot Hughes."
WHY THEY HATE O'HARA
The words which .follow were
spoken by Lieut-Gov. O'Hara, March
1, at close of third session of the
O'Hara Welfare Commission, then
known as the O'Hara White Slave
Commission. They and their carry
ing out explain better than anything
else the fierce hatred of Big Busi
ness for the Commission, and they
also explain why these servants of
Big Business in the House intend to'
choke the Commission to death:
"This commission has the power
to summon before it anyone it
pleases. I intend that it shall sum
mon before it the big employers of
Chicago to explain how it comes that
they are paying starvatfon wages to
young girls, and thus driving some
young giris to the streets.
The millionaires who pay their
young girl employes starvation
wages are in the same class with
the professional white slavers, the
pimps. They are just as responsible
as the white slavers for such wrecks
of human lives as have been before
this commission today,.
"I do not care how many millions
a man may have; I do not care what
his social standing" may be; I intend
that he shall explain himself to this
committee if he be one of those who
drive young girls to shame and help
ruin the womanhood of Illinois by
the low wages they pay those who
have helped them make their mil