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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 22, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 26',
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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
ANY GIRL AS TOLD BY MARGARET WAVERLY (CONTINUED)
"When I had almost reaphed my
destination, Margie," continued
Paula, "for the first time I began to
think about where I should stay.
"All at once I remembered that
somewhere I had heard that the best
hotels would not accept young wom
en at night without chaperones.
"The train was late and it was
after 9 when I reached the city,
which I had never visited before. I
began to get very nervous, but at
last dec'ded to go to the Young
Women's Christian ass'n. It never
entered my mind that they would
not take me in there. 'That is what
that noble association is for,' I said
"It was so late that I did not dare
to take the economical way and try
to go by street car, and I gave my
bag to a 'red cap' before I realized
that now I was in no position to dis
tribute coins to servants for trifling
services. 'Taxi, lady?' he said. 'Yes,'
I answered, after a little hesitation.
'To the Young Women's Christian
ass'n,' I said, as I entered the taxicab.
"In a very short time we arrived
there and it was with a sigh that I
paid the man $1.50 for a ride for
which I found out afterward I should
have been charged 50 cents.
"I walked into the spacious hall
and up to the little desk behind which
there was a woman.
" 'I want to get a room,' I faltered.
" 'Have you made application for
a room here?' she asked.
" 'No. You see I arrived in town
later than I expected and being alone
and an absolute stranger I came here
where I knew I would be safe.'
" 'We can't take you in. We never
receive transients in that way. If
you wish to get board here you will
have to make out an application and
have yourself recommended and
your application signed by at least
two well-known persons. Then after
we have looked you up you will be
Single rooms from
If you have a room-
have a smalr room
given a room.
$5 a week up.
mate you can
"She turned back to the book she
was reading as though the question
" 'But I've got to stay here now,'
I said, in terror. 'I don't know an
other place in the city to go.'
" 'We can't break our rules.'
" 'But you must know that I am
all right for the very reason that I
came here. No woman unless she
wanted a Christian home would
" 'You don't understand. If we al
lowed young women to make this a
transient place we would never be
sure whom we were sheltering.'
"I turned away in silence and de
spair. As I n eared the door a girl
came up to me: 'Don't mind her,' she
whispered. 'I know a place where
you can stay all night'
"We went a few doors up the street
and the girl persuaded the woman,
rather reluctantly, I thought, to take
me in. I had to pay for the room,
$3.50, in advance."
(To Be Continued.)
PEOPLE TO -DECIDE FATE OF
The fate of Edelweiss Gardens
rests on a referendum of its neigh
bors. Mayor Thompson's office has sent
to 7,000 people who live in the vicin
ity of the gardens return postal cards
on which he asks three questions:
Do you want the saloon license of the
gardens revoked? Do you want
amusement and restaurant licenses
granted? Do you object to "Edel
weiss" being used as. a name for the
It is said that upon the verdict of
the people will rest the fate of the
gardens, formerly known as Mia