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some other side of the city, stands
there stolidly. The story is old.
Nothing that can be said will give it
any interest to her. Not very far
ahead of her lies the river, if she is
lucky enough to fin ctrest. that way
in any event she will have to drop
out before long, and her eyes are
fixed toward the end.
"Ten dollars." She doesn't bother
explaining that she hasn't ten dol
lars. She just turns and walks to
the room where women prisoners are
kept until they are taken to the
And near by well-dressed women
are talking. "Did you see that wo
man," one asks the other. "She is a
menace to society. She is diseased."
And the ironic thought enters your
brain "perhaps that is why she bar
ters herself for twenty-five cents.
Damaged goods at a bargain!"
A girl and a man again. The man
has a friend with him who has known
him all of his life. Strange that only
men have -friends in this court. The
friend knows this man is wonderfully
The man tells a story.'- Quite a
plausible story. He never saw the
woman before. He was going into
this hotel to get work.
A man's chance in the game is nine
out of every ten of escaping punish
ment, so the need of ingenuity is not
great. It is the woman who must lie
But this woman, young, still good
looking, and still rather unhardened,
doesn't bother with an ingenuous
tale. She says she did go with the
man to the hotel.
"You are discharged," the jifdge
says. "You told the truth when you
had everything to gain by lying. I
won't do anything to you. I am going
to have this man's story investigat
ed." And the aisles are crowded with
young boys absorbing "color" in this
court and they fringe the corridor so
that one shoves one's way through.
But you never hear the spectators
of this life drama say it is overdrawn..
They know they have looked right
into the festering sore of civilization.
U. S. KEEPING AN EYE ON THE
DISEASED WAR LANDS
Washington, Oct. 1. The watch
ful eye of the United States public
health service is today upon Italy,
Turkey and some of the Balkan
states where bubonic plague and
cholera appear to be spreading.
Latest reports from American con
suls, it was stated by a public health
official today, report the appearance
of ten more cases of plague in
To date the public health service
has not been officially advised of any
disease among the vast armies now
fighting. It was stated positively that
German, French and British troops
are in no danger, while Russian and
Austrian troops might be subject to
cholera at any time.
So far the service has taken no
special precautions to prevent the
bringing of the plagues to the United
States, but health officers at the large
ports are watching all vessels from
Italy and Asia.
"Harold says he thinks of nothing
"No wonder he looks so vacant!?