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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 24, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 8

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''Yes," she answered and we did
not talk any more until the picture
was over, then she put on her hat
uncertainly, all the while she looked
alternately at me and at the man, and
sensing that she was really afraid of
him, I arose with-her and we went
out together and tfie man followed.
At the entrance of the theater we
paused and the man passed close.
"Let us take a walk somewhere to
gether," I said. "It is early yet."
"I do not want to trouble you," she
began.
"You do not trouble me," I an
swered. "I am glad to have someone
to talk to. But I do not want you
to feel afraid of any .men of that kind
because you are apt to .meet one
when there is no girl to appeal to."
"Oh, I was not afrafd he would hurt
me," she said. "I was afraid I would
let him talk to ma because I am so
lonely and I.knew I had about reach
ed the place where" I would talk to
anyone just to have-someone to talk
to me."
I was stunned. Of course 'I had
knowajgs we all know that girls do
reach' the'laceof.lohelmss where
they tanf to strangers, but to meet
the girl who t elt.th&t"way startled me.
"Wasn't it'Carlyle who said 'A
great city is a great loneliness?' " she
asked me. Then without waiting for
my reply, "Well, it is true. No one
who has never experienced loneliness
can understand what it means. I have
been here over a year and I do not
know the people in the house where
I live nor the girls in the office, be
cause they are not friendly to stran
gers. "I ponder why the people in a big
city are not friendly," she continued.
"Is it because they are too busy or
too conventional? I often look at a
girl and wish she was my friend, but
I daren't speak to her because I know
she would resent it.
"Don't you think it would be nice
if people would be-less conventional?
If they would think: 'What does it
matter who she is, she is lonely and 1 1
can tak to her for an hour or two.'
Don't you think that would be a hap
py thing to do?"
I felt ashamed. Prom the past of
my own there sprang to my mind
hours when I had rebelled at the lone
liness and had asked myself the same
question, and from the present I rea-'
lizetl that I selfishly went my way, not
thinking of the fact that the girl who
sat next to me in the picture show
or in the .street car or in a waiting
room or who elbowed me in the crowd
might want someone to speak to her.
And I thought what a fine thing it
would be if each of us would seek
out some girl who is lonely, and open
our hearts and our homes to her, in
stead of waiting for some one else to
start a social center.
How many girls we might, save
from the hour when they are willing
to speak to even a beast of prey that
they may hear the sound of a friend
ly voice?
It can be done, for I know of one
woman who does it and she said to
me: ."I want all the lonely girls I can
find to come to my home. If they are
good girls they will like to have a
home to visit and if they are no long
er good they need the sanctity of a
home to make them forget their dark
hours."
And a man I know always invites
the strange girls who come to work
in his, office put to his home where
his wife makes them welcome and
has them come frequently.
Wouldn't it be splendid if we would
each find one lonely girl and give to
her our friendship?
o o
WORTH TOWNSHIP BUSTED
The Township of Worth is broke
and State's Att'y Hoyne is willing to
make investigation of the causes
thereof if complaint is made to him.
Officials of the township have not .
only spent $17,000 contributed by
taxpayers, but have rolled up a debt
of over $13,000.
It is said Worth is. controlled by a
gang of about a doyn politicianB.
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