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"I suppose you're going to ask me
why I started and why I don't stop,
"NdJ" I said, "that's none of 1. j
busfness. But I would like to say, if
you won't be offended again, that 1
like you. You're straight from the
shoulder at any rate."
We moved apart and then she
turned and called:
"You're not half bad yourself."
The third girl I would not mention,
save in the interest of fair play, be
cause just as I spoke to her a mem
ber of the morals squad whose busi
ness it is to trail these women saw
me speak to her and he raised his
eyebrows, then stopped.
"How much were you fined?" he
She answered and he moved away.
But the girl looked at me frightened.
"I ain't interested," she said, and,
understanding, I did not ask her
They tell their own stories, the
willing and the unwilling answers to
the question: "What good does fining
do?" Don't they?
SHEPHERD 'SEES ARMY THAT
IS NEVER DEFEATED
BY WILLIAM G. SHEPHERD.
United Pres&Staff Correspondent.
Biarrite, Sept. 12 (By Mail to New
York). There's one army in Europe
that retreats and retreats and re
treats, but is never defeated. It has
no flag, no standard, no leader, but
after the other armies have been
crushed, this sad army, which has
now fallen back on the sunny city
of Biarritz, will issue forth again to
its old fields.
It is the army of Europe's women
playthings. It has gathered here from
every corner of Europe. I think I
saw thousands of its members play
ing in the ocean, walking the beaches
and waiting waiting impatiently
and restlessly for the other armies to
cease warring and to turn to other
The fabulously rich silk-andrgold
I mansions of Paris' underworld were
emptied when German Uhlans came
within six miles of the city. What
ever the Germans failed to do in
Paris, they did succeed in forcing
Paris to stop its usual sinning.
It was to the south that the wo
men of Paris' pleasure fled, I saw
them in the capital with their price
less lap dogs and their painted faces,
women whose beauty, shown in post
cards for sale at almost every corner,
makes them as well known to the
public as President Poincare him
self joining the rush for safety.
They rode with the mobs in third
.class carriages, complainingly, order-'
ing their servants to do impossible
things, eating dry bread and drink
ing water drawn from engine tanks.
As the Germans cried "On to
Paris," so this unspeakably army
cried, "On to Biarritz." And while I
was crossing the Spanish border in
to France I stopped there to see the
last stand which the sad army has
made in its beloved Prance.
Biarritz is sensuously warm, an
ideal retreat for such a multitude.
The Spanish border lies only a few
miles away and there, if worst comes
to worst, lies safety from Uhlans.
At the station I talked to a gray
haired Frenchman, who with his wife
and three servants, was returning to
Paris. They had fled only a week
"I can't stand it," he said. "The
army in Biarritz is worse than the
When I went over to the beach I
saw what the fugitives at the rail
road station had been talking about.
I don't believe there was ever such a
sight in the word. There was noth
ing to criticize about it; this sad army
which cannot fight for its life must
retreat to live, and nothing but the
greatest war the world has ever
Known would have caused a gather
ing like this.
All over the world 67 people die
every minute or 96,480 every day.