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GIRL WHO WORKS IS GIRL TO WED-."DOESN'T
BELIEVE GOD MADE ADAXM TO PAY EVE'S BILL"
once in a hundred years in real life,
the mill girl has just been married to
The wedding took place in New
York citv and was very quiet. Not
BY NIXOLA GREELEY-SMITH
New York, April"29. Twelve years
ago brown-haired, -brown-eyed Mary
Weldon, aged 15, went to work in the
felt room of the Draber woolen mills
at Canton, Mass.
As she grew older she became the
mainstay and support of a widowed
mother, and because of her zeal and
efficiency in handling every task that
was given her to do, she was pro-
Robert Lincoln Draper,
Was Mary Weldon
moted to forewoman, and finally at
the age of 27 she became one of the
mill superintendents, with an office
desk near that of her multi-million-aire
employer, Robert Lincoln Draper
of a celebrated New England family,
which has numbered governors and
ambassadors among its scions.
Right there the story of Mary wel
don, successful business woman,
ends,. And the story of Mary Weldon
rtranor anpfpssfiil wiffi. hesrins. For.
as it happens every day in fiction and j counterpart in the man who makes.,
one of Mrs. Draper's former associ
ates in the mill knew it was going to
happen. Even her widowed mother
professed to be astonished when she
heard of the marriage.
' And yet there is no reason why
anybody should be astonished when a
business man chooses a business
woman for his wife.
Every year more and more men
are doing it. Every year the society
debutante with her little bunch of
parlor tricks, her ragtime dancing
and" her ragbag brain, finds ft harder
and harder to get a husband. And
the girl whom a business man sees
eight or ten hours a day, the girl he
knows gets up early, always dresses
neatly, talks sensibly, reads the pa- '
pers, lives on a fixed income arid
manages to save money, briefly, the
girl who works becomes more and
more his ideal of womanhood.
Even" the standard of beauty has
been changed by the incursion of
woman into the business world.
Look at Mary Weldon Draper's pic
ture with its. chiseled, intelligent fea
tures, the smooth, sensible arrange
ment of the hair. There you have the
attractive business woman, ,, the girl
who does not try to appeal to men by
getting herself up to look as much
like .a pet poodle as possible, but
whoseattire and demeanor proclaim
her to be self-respecting jand ready
and anxious to respect anyone whose
qualities enlist her interest and com
mand her esteem.
The man she married is in the late
forties, an age when far too many
men fall in love with girls in their-
-For the woman who, makes the un
born lamb into a fur coat has hen.