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LUNCH HOUR IS A RIOT OF HUGS AND KISSES
FOR THE PRETTY PARIS WORKING GIRLS
shops of the dressmakers. From 12
to 1 they own the sidewalks, they and
By W. G. Shepherd.
Paris, July 1,0. You wouldn't
think there was any .particular fun
in eating cold meat, some hot fried
potatoes, a hot bun and topping it
off with a cup of coffee all of which
The pretty Paris workgirl at lunch
Drawn especially for The Day
Book by Henri Mirandi, noted
French artist, whose specialty is the
little shopgirls of Paris.
is the midday lunch of the pretty
Parisian shop girl unless you had
seen the girl taking her dessert.
At noon the girls Jtumble down into
the streets and boulevards from the
Each girl brings from home some
cofd meat or cheese, wrapped in
newspaper. First she hurries to a
hot potato stall, where scores of
other laughing girls, whom she meets
every day, await their turns to buy
2 cents worth of fried potatoes.
Then she and some other girl
friend, carrying the purchase, will
scurry through the streets to some
hot bun stall, perhaps several blocks
away, where for 1 cent they buy an
appetizing bit of cookery. And now
it is time to eat.
Then she must have her coffee.
There are coffee bars at every hand,
where she may stand with her foot
on a railing and buy, for 2 cents,
from a man who usually looks like
a bartender, as good a cup of coffee
:as you could get for 15 cents in the
And now comes loving time des
sert. For around the corner there
has been a boy waiting impatiently
;for his girl. The dessert consists
largely of hugs and kisses.
How do you know that she has
kisses and hugs after lunch? Why,
in the very same way that you know
that she had potatoes and hot buns
and meat. You see her take them,
right on the sidewalk. It isn't any
sneaking, vicious, spooning; it's all
out and above board!
You will see any number of cou
ples walking along the sidewalks of
Paris, each with an arm about the
other, gazing into each other's eyes,
talking love talk and bumping hap
pily and without attention, into any
person who happens tp get into their
The world may whirl on, for all of
them; isn't it loving that makes the
world go round, anyhow?
Pretty soon it's time to go back
to work. Are there any kisses in