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"THE PRICE MUST BE PAID,," SAYS EVELYN
. NESBITT IN HER CONCLUDING ARTICLE
By Evelyn Nesbitt.
Every visitor to a penitentiary has
seen the -women's department Most
of the women there are paying the
Charitable people struggle hard to
save the girls who have been be
trayed. But it's a question whether
or not a woman can ever shake off
the stigma, get rid of the mark that
is branded on her before the rescuers
start to work.
In long after life the old compan
ions and old influences may either
make themselves so strongly felt that
their call cannot be resisted, or they
may, for revenge, strike a blow to
blast the life of a woman who is try
ing to live down the past.
There was a woman in Los Angeles
known as Mrs. Hooper. Her husband
didn't know anything about her past.
She had told him everything else, but
there was a year of her life that re
mained a secret with her.
She had a darling little child. One
night, just after the baby's third
birthday, the little family was sitting
in the parlor of the bungalow, Mrs.
Hooper was playing the piano, when
she screamed and toppled, backward
off the stool.
Of course her husband was terribly
alarmed and mystified. He didn't
know that through the window she
had seen the face of a pal of the for
gotten days, older and more vicious
than when she had last seen him, but
easily recognizazle nevertheless.
Maybe the old companion meant
no harm. He was a wanderer, and
by accident probably peered in the
window. But the shock to the wo
man was so terrible that she was sick
a long time and in her delirium told
her husband the whole story. He
was young and hot-headed. His
pride was wounded. He thought he
had been deceived and tricked.
So he got a divorce and was
awarded the child.
Mrs. Hooper paid the price. She's
now living the old life again.
Blackmail is an ever-present
source of danger. I have heard of
many cases where blackmail ruined
homes. One little woman was bled
for two years by old companions. She
saved and scrimped and took her'
housekeeping money to pay them,
and got so sick and wan that her
husband didn't know what to make
Finally, in desperation, she told
him all. He forgave everything and
she thought she had paid the price.
The husband went to meet the
blackmailers the next time they
called, armed with a heavy cane. He
never came back. They had killed
So that woman paid heavily.
The leeches extracted nearly
$1,000 from her in the two years
and then took her husband.
There was another case of a wo
man who married one of the friends
of her wayward days. Both thought
they had reformed.
The man rose to a high position in
a big company, but as he grew older
the latent beast developed in him and
the wife grew to hate him. She en
dured his beastialities for months, but
shot him finally at the breakfast
table when he taunted her in the
presence of the servant.
She was tried, pleaded insanity and
went to the asylum. She's paying
I remember hearing of the expe
rience of a country girl who" went to
the city to get employment as a ser
vant. The white slave recruiters met
her at the station with a closed car
riage and drove her to a supposedly
respectable boarding-house in a quiet