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the common-sense route to beauty. ,
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD READ
THIS IMPORTANT SERIES OF I
SHOULD A GIRL WHO
BEAUTY ARTICLES. THE FIRST
ONE WILL APPEAR IN MONDAY'S
ATTENTION OF HER EMPLOYER?
BY IDAH M'GLONE GIBSON
Hardly a day passes that I do not I hearted."
receive a letter asking me if It is con
sidered proper for a girl to accept
attentions from her boss.
It is almost impossible to answer
this general question, as generalities,
in the language of the street, "never
gets you anywhere."
If an employer becomes personally
interested in a woman who works for
him it, of course, is apt to make her
employment very easy for a time; but
if from any reason he becomes tired
or bored or is otherwise disinclined
to carry on the friendship, the young
woman usually not only loses her
friend but her job as well.
Consequently, 'from a purely busi
ness point of view, I think a business
woman should keep her love affairs
and friendships outside the office.
I have written this advice because
today I received the following pa
"My Dear Mrs. Gibson I wish you
would tell me what to do. Six months
ago I applied for the position of ste
nographer in the office of the hand
somest and most fascinating man I
have ever known.
"From inviting me out to luncheon
occasionally he finally felt into the
habit of taking- all his lunches and
most of his dinners in my company.
I accompanied him to the theater
very often. He was -perfectly re
spectful to me and I have grown to
love him with all my heart.
"Lately, hdwever, he has skipped
days together when he has not In
vited me to either dine or lunch with
him. Yesterday I saw in the paper
that his engagement was announced
to a society girl. I feel that I cannot
go on working for him and yet it Is
my living: What shall I do? Broken-
I cannot answer this girl better
than by giving another letter which
came to my desk the other day:
"My Dear Mrs. Gibson Some day
will you please write an article on
the attentions without intention that
so many business men feel they can
pay to the women they employ? I
do not believe that many men want
to marry their stenographers or any
other woman who knows their busi
ness. It Is one thing the tired business
man wishes to forget, and that is the
reason why he usually keeps his wife
in ignorance qf his business affairs
and goes to the musical comedy for
"A girl, If-she has lots of common
sense, can go out to luncheon with
her single employer provided they
have something of business import
ance to talk about. But beware of
'platflc affection,' because that
usually begins with good intentions
and ends in the place that is popu
larly supposed to be paved with them.
"If girls will only realize as men
have done for centuries that love is
of life a thing apart and not their
while existence, they will go into
business for something more than
meeting a man who will take them
out of it Experienced."
In my years of work I have heard
many pathetic as well as ludicrous
tales of episodes that have happened
to girls who accepted attentions from
their employers', and while there are
exceptions to the rule, it seems to me
that a girl is freer, more independent
and more self-respecting when she
keeps her relations with her employer
on a purely business basis.
I would jike to hear on this subject.
absolutely necessary for me to earn j
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