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ladies on me beat that ye're not ac
quainted with. Come along."
Elsie turned away with a sigh as
the ranchman was dragged away.
She had likedtheeffect of his light
bltfe eyes against his tanned com
plexion. She walked southward,
thinking herself already in the dis
trict where her father used to work,
and hoping to find some one who
could direct her to the firm of Fox
But did she want to find Mr. Otter?
She had inherited much of the old
cutter's independence. How much
better if she could find work and sup
port herself without calling on him
for aid !
Elsie saw a sign "Employment
Agency" and went in. Many girls
were sitting against the wall in
chairs. Several well-dressed ladies
were looking them over. One white
haired, kind-faced old lady in rustling
black silk hurried up to Elsie.
"My dear," she said in a sweet,
gentle voice, "are you looking for a
position? I like your face and ap
pearance so much. I want a young
woman who will be half maid and
half companion to me. You will have
a good home and I will pay you $30 a
Before Elsie could stammer forth
her gratified acceptance, a young
woman with gold glasses on her bony
nose and her hands in her jacket
pockets seized her arm and drew her
' "I am Miss Ticklebaum," said she,
"of the Association for the Preven
tion of Jobs Being Put Up on Work
ing Girls Looking for Jobs. We pre
vented forty-seven girls from secur
ing positions last week. I am here to
protect you. Beware of any one who
offers you a job. How do you know
that this woman does not want to
make you work as a breaker-boy in a
coal mine or murder you to get your
teeth? If you accept work of any
kind without permission of our asso
ciation you will be arrested by one
of bur agents."
"But what am I to do?" asked El
sie. "I have no home or money. I
must do something. Why am-1 not
allowed to accept this kind lady's of
fer?" "I do not know," said Miss Tickle
baum. "That is the affair of our
Committee on the Abolishment of
Employers. It is my duty simply to
see that you do not get work. You
will give me your name and address
and report to our secretary every
Thursday. We have 600 girls on the
waiting list who will in time be al
lowed to accept positions as vacan
cies occur on our roll of Qualified
Employers, which now comprises
twenty-seven names. There is prayer,
music and lemonade in our chapel
the third Sunday of every month."
Elsie hurried away after thanking
Miss Ticklebaum for her timely
warning and advice. After all, it
seemed that she must try to find Mr.
Near Fourteenth street-Elsie saw
a placard tacked on the side of a
doorway that read. "Fifty girls, neat
sewers, wanted immediately on the
atrical costumes. Good pay."
She was about to enter, when a
solemn man, dressed all in black, laid
his hand on her arm.
"My dear girl," he said, "I entreat
you not to enter that dressingroom
of the devil."
"Goodness me!" excalimed Elsie,
with some impatience. . "The devil
seems to have a cinch on all the busi
ness in New York. What's wrong
about the place?"
"It is here," said the solemn man,
"that the regalia of Satan in other
words, the costumes worn on the
stage are manufactured. The stage
is the road to ruin and destruction.
Would you imperil your soul by. lend
ing the work of your hands to- its
support? Do you know, my dear girl,
what the theater leads to? Do you
know where actors and actresses go
after the curtain of the playhouse has
fallen upon them for the last time?J
"Sure," said Elsie. "Into vaude-