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A BEAUTIFUL FAIRY T
BY JANE WHITAKER.
More than the necessity of sex hy
giene or the establishment of eugenic
laws is a system of instruction where
by girls will, learn while they are
young and still in school that one of
the fairy tales that has come down
the centuries is that of man's chivalry
"When women first entered the in
dustrial world, the cry ascended from
men that women would lose men's
chivalry when they entered into in
-Tet before women invaded the in
dustrial world, they had sad reasons
to know that chivalry is a mirage.
Woman have alwavs had to work
r harder than men, even when they re
mained in tne nomes, ana nave -always
received less compensation.
The same cry went forth about the
As a matter of fact, women should
not want chivalry. They should de
mand merely justice and be trained
so that they will be able to obtain it
even if they must resort to the same
trickery to which many men descend.
Of chivalry and .how it works, a
woman, no longer young, told me tins
story, the while she cried in a voice
choked with tears, "Oh, Miss Whita
ker, what am I going to do? I am
almost crazy. I get up in the night
and stand at the window and wonder
what will become of me." And some
times I could not understand what
she was saying because of the sobs
that strangled her.
A year ago she had three rooming
houses, two small ones on the West
Side, and one on the South Side very
close to the lake.
When the winter came, the house
by the lake was very cold. All of its
profits and much of the profit derived
from the other houses went to pay
heating bills. And still it was too cold
for the people to live in it and so it
became almost empty.
ALE IS THE STORY OF
Then the little woman met her first
chivalrous knight. He answered her
advertisement offering the furniture
and good will for sale. She wanted
$500. Her piano had cost $350. The
man would only pay $350 for every
thing and she finally agreed to take
But he was chivalrous! He did not
want to see her take less than she
should have so he offered and insist
ed upon her taking a $500 equity in
a place somewhere in Illinois, which
he said was worth $1,500. She should
take this equity and he would sell
the place and get her the cash.
She turned over her house, but the
man forgot to sell the place and he
always put her off, until finally she
met the second chivalrous knight and
told him about it, and he offered, for
his expenses and time, to investigate
the place in which she" held the
He charged her $15 for this service
and reported the entire property not
In desperation, she went to a law
yer. He said this man should be arr
rested as a confidence man, and he
would do this for $15 and if she got
a settlement, he would want $30.
The man was arrested, pleaded he
had been "done" himself, and the.
judge awarded the little woman $350
to be given in two payments.
By the time she had paid expenses
of .the suit, etc., she had something
Also, she had a mother of 76 to
provide for and the knowledge that
at any time her mother may die and
she will need money for burial ex
penses, so she banked this sum, lived
off of what profit she made out of the
two little.houses, and looked around
to see if she could find some place
where she could conduct a little store.
Chivalrous Knight No. 2 had just
the place. He was a trader in stores,
but she didn't know it then. The deli-.