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INVALIDS, OLD MEN WITH WHISKERS, AND
POLICEMEN ALL MALES FLIRTATIOUS
Editor's Note: x Recently in Los
Angeles, Cal., Mrs. Anna Carroll
found it necessary to have a man ar
rested because he persistently at
tempted to flirt with her. He grew
insulting when she rebuffed him and
burned holesvin her silk dress with
his cigar. She wrote tfie following
story as a result of her experience.
BY ANNA CARROLL
My experience with the flirt vari
ety of the human family in Los An
geles has been that of every woman
who has had occasion to go upon the
streets of any large city alone or
even in company with other women.
I am merely telling what every
I have said that I believe the street
flirt is the worst of the lot because
he works with such openness and
freedom. He is by far the rudest of
When unescorted, women usually
go pn the streets in twos as a means
of self-protection. For this reason
flirts flit about in pairs also. The
boldest street flirt stands on the curb
and calls out, "Ahem!" when an un
escorted woman passes.
Let me say right here that the he
flirt is not always dapper and suave
as most people would have you be
lieve. Greasy waiters flirt. Old men
with whiskers flirt Invalids .on
crutches flirt. In fact anythingMri
ther attire of man shows great in
clination to wiggle and woggle its
eyes at the female of the species.
The flirt is- alert ad active. On
the street he will frequently cough
to attract the attention of a woman
and" then try to hold her gaze. In
crowd a flirt works a good deal like
a pickpocket He jostles you. says
"Excuse me," and tries to engage you
Another favorite method with two
male flirts is for'one'to say to the
other as two women go by, "Oh, how
do you do (pause) that little trick?"
The first part of the exclamation is
Intended as a greeting for the wom
en. The last of the sentence is an
attempt to convey the impression
that the two are merely discussing a
personal matter. This is done to pro
tect; them from arrest It Is the most
subtle form of street flirtation to
which men resort. .
Los Angeles, San Francisco and
New York are probably the most pro
lific flirting centers in the country.
In some eastern cities, however, the
flirt is almost extinct Legislation
and police regulation have made it so
difficult for him to operate that he
has been driven to other territory.
In Cincinnati special officers pre
vent men from congregating at the
entrance of department stores and
other places convenient for flirting.
"Keep moving" is the order there
and it prevents many an insult to the
women of that city.
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