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THE END OF THE STORY OF "BESS' THE GIRL
WHO WAS TRAPPED BY WHITE SLAVERS
thought was a fast bunch. They had
By Evelyn Nesbitt.
Bess heard them telephoning for
the police. Maybe you can imagine
what her feelings were. She was a
Before the police came and while
a couple of store detectives were
guarding the door, the woman began
to cry. She was so sorry for Bess,
Now let me say right here that
lots of customers wouldn't have been
so successful as that woman was.
But she was a heavy buyer and the
management didn't want to offend
Finally madam told the manager
she'd taken a fancy to Bess and
couldn't bear to see her go to prison.
Then she repeated her offer to take
Bess home, saying she would give
her a good place and drop proceed
ings. Bess didn't have long to meditate.
It was jail for grand larceny or go
j home withMhe woman. So she took
a chance and went home with
That was the end of Bess.
I recently heard of her in a round
about way. She's in Chicago now,
that's a favorite clearing house. She
doesn't want to escape, because es
cape would only mean arrest and the
Was it Bessie's fault?
What store girl is safe?
Woman who work as recruiting
officers are terrible creatures, but
there is even a worse procurer than
she. He is the young man who
"chases" with girls of his neighbor
hood. Often he's used as a tool by
I know of one like him that's in
San Quentin prison now doing a long
term. He was a working boy, with
the instincts of the- ordinary human
who wants to have a good time.
Anyway, he got in with what he
automobiles. He had none. They In
vited him to bring his girl friends
along for joy rides. He did so.
They didn't get all the girls. They
just got one. After she had disap
peared the boy began to get sus1-'
picious. He began to use his brains.
He was dangerous. Well, through
the slavers he had grown to be a
"rounder," and one day the mother
of a 12-year-old girl, who looked five,
years older, got an anonymous letter"
giving some facts about her daugh-,
ter and the boy.
She had watched that girl all her
life. She was the pride of her heart
and she couldn't believe it. So she
questioned her. It all came out .hen,'
The boy was arrested, pleaded
guilty and got seven years.
That's how they get rid of people
that might talk. After the "peacher"
is arrested he can talk his head off
and get laughed at.
Lots of the procurers work at the
beaches in the summer. That's where
they get respectable girls. Often the
girl is afraid to go home afterwards
and then she's an easy victim.
A girl in the juvenile hall escaped
from slavers who got her at a re
ligious revival. One of the recruiters
mingled with the crowd every night
and prayed and shouted like a zealot
He made friendly overtures to the
girl and one night when the services
were on he touched her and said he'd
been suddenly taken sick and asked
her to lead him out quietly
Down at his tent, where she took
him, be mixed a medicine and took
it and then asked her to take a dose..
It was all foolish, child-like fooling,
but she took it. That was the last
she remembered until she came to in
a strange room. Her clothes had
been taken away. She cried and
screamed, but it was no use.
A woman came after a while and
gave her a bill for ?50.