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orange muslin gown emphasized a girlish figure, slight to the point of frailty.
No longer incontestably beautiful, herihazel eyes large and long, her piquant,
carefree face now subtly defiant, give her still a beauty of the footlights
and the studio.
The Breevort Hotel's ope- windows admitted currents of humid air.
Across the street the, July sun t,.aote hotly on a' gilded sign reading "Work
ing Women's Protective Association."
"You see, I've come back to where I should have started," said Miss
Nesbit, who is Mrs. Harry K. Thaw who was.- "Goodness knows I have
been through a great deal, lived a I
great many tremendous experiences.
And I've learned this:
"In order to do anything properly
a woman must WORK, she cannot
just play. The great trouble with
Broadway is that it looks like a play
ground to the young girl from Osh
kosh or Kalamazoo. As a matter of
fact, with the illusion of 'childhood
still upon one, it is impossible to real
ize, impossible for the young girl to
see, things as they actually are.
Knowledge comes only through ex
perience. And then it is usually 'TOO
Pausing, Miss Nesbit laughed, not
a pleasant laugh, although the red
lips disclosed two rows of pearly
teeth. Troublous years have not
dealt lightly with "Flossie, the Fuss of
the Floradora Quartet."
Grace of carriage and exaggerated
clothes do NOT conceal the ravages
wrought by passage along the easiest
way. The pleading eyes have grown
shrewd, the large, unfirm mouth has
coarsened, the girlish ingenuousness
become cynical. From behind a per
sistent pathos of look and manner
the real Evelyn Thaw looks at you
constantly with a, furtive watchful
ness of a woman grown suspicious of
"I am thinking of your question,"
mused Miss Nesbit, chin on open
"Does it pay?"
"Well, take my experience, for in
stance. Let the average woman put
herself mentally in my place at the
same age. I was fourteen when I
came to New York to make a good
living for my entire family. Every
one knows what happened to me
the story is notorious but I am NOT
the ONLY one.
"Broadway is full of other girls,
some of whose stories . are. 10,000
times worse than mine. Do they
'pull out?' That depends. It is a
survival of the fittest. No woman
with ambition can burn the candle
at both ends and make any progress.
Neither on the stage or anywhere
else. Hundreds of them go down
down. Then they figure among 'the
missing.' No need to ask THEM if
."Perhaps one in ten marries it is
a case of good luck when they do.
They are glad to disappear, thankful
to live humdrumly. Take it from me
that they make good wives. For
THEY KNOW that DECENCY PAYS !
"Why, I never knew what REAL
work meant till after the first trial.
When my husband was in the
Toombs I had a tutor every day for
four hours till I had finished the
Columbia course in literature. Really
I am a deep reader a great philoso
pher. I have read all the philoso
phies. "Why don't the schools teach chil
dren how to stick-to-it instead of a
smattering of 'ologies? It's the girl
who never learned to work who gets
into trouble. EVERYONE uses her
and abuses her.
"I have gone back to do what I al
ways could do dance. I must work
to live! And work comes harder
when you have learned to drift along
Broadway. I think of all the girls
who lose out in the great white way
just because the people who care
don't use common sense.
"They talk and talk about the