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"If I go home this evening with
Miss A.t tomorrow by noon every girl
of her set knows every word I said
and by night the husbands of their
married friends all do.
"I know that to be a fact, for an
acquaintance of mine -dropped a re
mark showing that every word I had
said the evening previous had been
repeated to him, undoubtedly by his
wife, who was a friend of the sister of
the chum of the girl I accompanied
home from the office.
"I also know because this girl told
me all her office secrets. And she
fished for the news from my depart
ment, to swap with the other girls,
I suppose, when she got down town
the next morning.
"I like the young lady pretty well,
but shall I tell her to cut the con
fidences? ' "If she doesn't stop, she is headed
for trouble with her employer. Would
she take it right if I warned her?
The adviser seldom receives his
just reward. But perhaps a little dis
cussion of this topid may help more
than one girl.
Before woman can start on an
equality with man in the business
world she has got to live down con
siderable of her past. For she has in
herited ""a most unhappy" reputation
for being a monolog artist, both by
birth and education.
Personally, I do not believe that a
business woman wastes any more
time talking than a business man.
But she is supposed to do so.
Men smoke and joke, and interpo
late politics and the war and their last
auto exploits into every professional
discussion and commercial dicker,
and yet they actually believe that
they are "talking business" all" of the
But the girl who ilfts her head
from her typewriter has got to suffer
for the corarsational sins of her
grandmotJpi. In 99 per cent of all
the offices of this broad land a girl,
if she expects to be credited with the
ability of an ordinary boy, has got to
pretend to be dumb in office hours!
This is undoubtedly the reason she
effervesces on the way home from
Still, this explanation does not in
clude a more serious side of the sub
ject: Man does not babble about im
portant business secrets. But wom
The girl with the talking habit,
once she is wound up, will tell a
hundred things she would not, rath
er fhan run down. And so the mat
ter travels on to be repeated "by the
wife of a friend of the sister of the
chum of the girl" to anybody who is
What is merely conversational ac
complishment in society becomes
treachery when it concerns a busi
ness confidence .
Not all girls do this. I think we
are going to hear from some who do
Can a chattering girl be cured?
To succeed must a business girl
Let the Day Book print YOUR
A ,St. Louis society man who
stabbed his fiancee claims it was an
accident and that he had his knife out
manicuring his nails. St Louis so
ciety has peculiar customs.
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