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iiow many of fno.m fall into thc
hands' of-the white slavers? T am in
clined to think the number less than
we hysterically believe when one
comes to our notice, arid yet even
though the "number be sinall it is
frightful to contemplate such-, a' fate
for even one girt ' "" '
With heJboy -whp runs, away,
though a mother?" heart may ache'
over him, and the lamp may-be- left
lighted in the window, thereis always
the assurance tha-the most horrible
thing that mayhappen to the boy is.
that he may be' hungry or may get
into bad company. But in either'
event, life offers him a chance to ge
To the mother who speculates ov.er
the fate of her girl, there is "no such
assurance The question: "Where is,
she tonight?"' brings only the answer
. that she is -out on the strejets, enjoy-"
ing for a little while her. sense,- of,
freedom, butpayingjfor it -price that
leaves ner Dranaea.
There isn't any chance of believing
that if she has been, caueht in the
maelstrom of bad company, ahe may
simply leave them when she has
learned her lesson and get liacK
again. Because the brand cannot 1je
washed away and a gjrl doesn't put
I talked to. a girl not so long since
f who is only 18 and very pretty. She
iod jne she has worked in different
. cities, though, her home is 'in Ala
i bama. She came to Chicago with only
$4 in her purse and did not think it
was an adventurous thing to do when
she has no special qualifications,-but
, Tvhen I asked her about her people,
- her lips tightened and she refused to
Yet she spoke very lightly or offers
t she had bad to do work that had a
( taint of dishonesty about it, and I
t wondered what they would think of
her poise, of her self-assurance and
- of her vanity back in Alabama, andl
i wished somehow she had stayed
there and been theisual sweet, mod
est thing that a girl of 18" is instead., mayonnaise I spilled.1
1 of being olden-and wis,ertban most
women df twice her age.
There wasn't any doubt but that
she is a good girl, nor that it was the
spirit of, adventure that has led her
into sq many different cities, but
while the boy may roam and not be
hurt by the knocks of fortune he en
counters, it takes the softness away
Jurpm a woman, p nature.
Almost twice as many boys and
girls leave home ht the summertime
"as" fii the wjnter' It almost seems" as
"'though the warm air, the cloudless
sky and the lavishness qt all nature
during the warmest period of the year
makes youngsters want to throw off
restraint The city parks lure them
for days and evenings and gradually
they dislike more the thought of be
ing "shut in", for even a few hours",
and so they start qut to gain absa-,
lute freedom. - ' "
fonfegirTjah avay from home and
was"not .traced for a yean When she
was found she would, offer no expla
nation of her "motive in leaving, nor
where she had been, but after she
hadbeen home but a short time, she
ran away again and has now, been
missing over two months.
What becomes of the people who
drop out of sight like the star thatx
shoots out of the sky "and are not
heard of again?
"What is this item here on the bot
tom of this menu card, waiter?"
''Beg pardon, "ma'am, that's some
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