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PICTURE FROM LIFE THE OTHER CHOICE -
Pour moriths ago Grace Wilson came to Philadelphia from her home
in Strgudsburg. Her father was 'dead, her mother ill with tuberculosis, and
it was' imperative that Grace should earn her own living. Grace is 23
years old, a pretty, fragile girl.
She found ajobas waitress in Childs' restaurant, at $6 a week. It
is riot hard for prettygirls to get jobs as waitresses. Restaurant managers
appreciate the fact that they attract male customers.
Childs' restaurants are owned by John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil
pals. Pretty girls add materially to their revenues, especialjy when' they
are paid at the rate of $6 a week.
Grace struggled bravely to live on her $6. But the strain of long
hours waiting on customers in a kitchen-flavored atmosphere, coupled
with improper and insufficient food and nights passed in a close, ill-ventilated
room, was tob much for the girl whom the Great White Plague had
already marked for its own.
Her.health rapidly broke down, and a little, hacking cough made its
appearance. The restaurant manager noticed that cough. "We don't
want girls coughing around here," he ordered, and Grace was fifed.
Penniless, sick, and alone in a strange city, Grace hunted in vain for
work. Nobody wanted her. There were two recourses open to her the
river or ttie streets. She chose the lafxer.
A week ago a policeman of the vice "squad arrested her. He said she
accosted him. Grace 'said that it was he who accosted her. But what was
a girl's word against a policeman's? Magistrate Pennock ordered her sent
tp the House of Correction.
A letter came to her prison cell. It was from her mother in Strouds
burg. Her battle was nearly ended, and she implored' her child to come
to her, that she might kiss her before she died. That cry from a mother's
heart pierced even the pitiless walls of "justice." Yesterday Grace was
brought before Judge Barratt on a writ .of habeas corpus. The judge
listened to the story and bowed his head: "She may go," he said.
So today Grace is on her way to bid her mother a last farewell. After
Why, after that, Childs' restaurant will hire other girls, other mothers
will die, other girls will turn to the streets, and the- profits of restaurants
will increase mightily. It is Business. Phila. News-Post.
FUNKHOUSER AIP BEATEN
It never rains but it pours, runs the
old proverb. And it seems to hold
good in the case of Major Funkhous
er and his aids.
With hghtning rapidity the major
has been struck several times in the
last two weeks. First Chief Gleasoti
took the policewomen from under
Funkhouser's control; then the mor
als squad was declared unauthorized
to make arrests; yesterday Dannen
berg, inspector of morals, lost his
case against Harry Cullett
And last night Emil W. Kowalske,
one of Funkhouser's sleuths, was
bodly beaten at Lincoln and Belmont
av. by a gang of men who knew him
as a kid. His nose was broken.
When man admires woman's style -" '
And all her pretty graces,
'Tis sad, when he starts making eyes,
To find her making faces.
Printed designs are applied to near
ly everything of the silk sort for