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4952 Forrestville av., and Sidney
Kohn, same address.
The girl's name is Thelma Boyer.
They called her "Mandy" down home
in Ridott, 111., where the biggest
events in her life Before she came to
Chicago were the hayrack parties the
church social center used to give.
But she got the Chicago idea in her
head. And like other young people
of small surrounding towns and vil
lages, nothing would satisfy her until
she got to Chicago "the land of
Mandy had an aunt here Mrs. J.
Cole, who lives at 4856 Pulton st.
So she asked her folks if she could
come here, live with her aunt and
The Boyers finally consented. The
girl got all her store clothes and left
for the new life.
She started studying at Revilo's,
which is on Wabash av. And after
awhile she met a different class of
girls from the kind that used to at
tend Mrs. Edwards' sewing class back
These girls dressed like the figures
in the style books and resembled
somewhat the girls in the musical
comedies that once in a while struck
the opera house in Ridott
It was all very new to her. And
she felt flattered when some of the
girls used to stop long enough in their
talk about "cabareting" the night be
fore to tell her how nice her "peachy"
After a while they got to urging her
to go out evenings with them. She
said her aunt didn't want her to. But
they kept telling her how narrow
minded her aunt was for taking that
viewpoint. And after a while she got
to believe them. That was downward
step No. 1.
So she rebelled and did go out a
few nights, during which she met
John Pazen. Then something went
wrong with her head and her heart.
She used to like the way he talked
to her; liked the way he held her
hands and liked the way he used to
tell her she was pretty. She got so
she didn't go home quite as early as
she did at first.
So one night when she was very
late the aunt scolded her. And the
girl, who had just been glorified by
the man she liked, couldn't stand the
unromantic calldown from her aunt.
She packed up and left.
Some one told where she could
get a nice room to herself over at
1309 W. Madison st. It was there she
went in her girlish huff. That "was
downward step No. 2.
With the restraining influence of
her aunt cast off, the rest of the
story becomes much like all of the
stories of the kind that have been
written for ages.
She gave up her school. She for
got about the "worlds to conquer."
She forgot that she had left Ridott
"to make something of herself" and
bring happiness to her mother.
She tripped from one cafe to an
other. She became surrounded with
a score of admirers. Because there is
a type of mankind that considers a
pretty girl of sixteen just wonderful
There were many wine dinners in
the downtown cafes. Then a whirl
ing taxi ride to some outlying place
where the music was wilder and the
wine seemed more exhilarating. And
then the hotel.
According to the information ob
tained by Detective Sergeant George
McCormick, the girl was always a
member of gay parties that beat a
trail from the loop cafes to the new
redlight districts on the far South
Side and the Wilson av. district
There is also a mysterious woman
in the case. A woman who lives on
the West Side and is said to be a
member of a good family. The officer
will not reveal her name. The police"
won't give out any information con
The girl is now in charge of Mrs.
Jessie McGuire and Mrs. Gertrude
Howe Britton of the Juvenile Protec
tive Association. Acting upon their