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BLACKMAIL MUST ALWAYS HAUNT THE GIRL
WHO TRIES TO LEAD A NEW LIFE
By Evelyn Nesbitt.
Helen was a waitress. She never
went out much, but accepted an in
vitation one evening from a young
man who regularly patronized the
restaurant. She was an easy victim.
A millionaire took a fancy to her
and she was transferred from a
downtown "station" in Los Angeles
to a residence bn Adams street, one
of the best residence streets. The
millionaire paid the bills and kept her
there. He called occasionally with
his friends. Finally she rebelled.
The slavers had disposed of her
to him for $400 and given her but a
very small percentage of it.
"Helen made a scene, too.- The rich
man beat a hasty retreat. Next day
two private detectives arrested Helen
for vagrancy. She tried to talk, but
was told that if she did more serious
charges would be lodged. The police
judge told her to get out of town.
Thus the slavers work steadily,
putting the power of the law to their
own vicious uses and using as a tool
the force that ought to destroy them.
The agents of the slavers are un
wittingly employed by reputable peo
ple as waiters, chauffeurs, clerks and
in other positions. They're always
watching and reporting and working.
I have heard that they even get
into schools, generally as students.
Thus they gain entrance to good
This white slave thing is old, too,
lots older than I am. I heard once
about a woman that broke away
from them and lived down her past,
married and had a daughter.
She liveoVin constant fear of black
mail, because the slavers never for
get or forgive. But they were plan
ning a more profitable revenge than
that. Profit lies behind all tlftir
This mother, having learned by experience-,
kept her girj at- home -and
watched her like a hawk. She went
to a private school and when she was
15 got acquainted with a nice young
fellow there that the mother looked
on as a manly chap and welcomed
into the house. He called himself
The daughter went out with him
several times and one night when she
went on an auto ride with him she
didn't come back.4 The police were
notified. The mother was frantic.
Days passed. Then a letter came,
postmarked from a little town near
Chicago. It contained a $100 bill and
Hardings' card. Scribled on the back
"We got her. She brought $400.
Here's your cut."
(To Be Continued.)
"Will you help me to recover my
"Poor thing, is he lost?"
"No, lady, but his clothes are worn