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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 30, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 14',
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And then, under a great white
light at the other end of Broadway, I
found a woman who told me the se
cret of happiness.
She is Mrs. Kate Walker, 68. She
fceeps the lighthouse on . Robbins
reef. The light may fairly be called
work, work. The lights, must never
fail, the glass never grow dim.
"Next to -work, service to others
is my secret of happiness. My work
helpa-to speed safely on their voyage
tfiousaids of ships from all of the
"I have helped save the lives of 20
men and women who were drowning
in the bay."
Some of these rescues Mrs. Walker
made from small rowboats at night
while wild storms swept the water
"I do not miss the company of my
own sex. Here I am not annoyed by
the pratings of women who know
-more about politics, fashions and
clubs than about children and their
"Twice a year my grandchildren
come to visit me. Their company
and the songs of the sea are my en
tertainment" - o o .
TODAY IN ILLINOIS HIISTORY
Oct. 30, 1745. French prospectors
reported the discovery of some new
mines in Illinois.
Mrs. Kate Walker at the lighthouse
where happiness IS.
the last of the white lights of Broad
way, for it stands out in the bay al
most directly opposite the darkened
lower end of Manhattan's famous
avenue of pleasure.
For nearly two years Mrs. Walker
has not once left the soiltude of her
lighthouse. And for 31 years she
has lived almost alone out in the bay.
In three decades she has never
"missed a watch," known a day's
illness or felt a moment's loneliness.
"I am as happy as any queen in
her castle," said Mrs. Walker when
I reached her lighthouse after a long
pull against the tide,
"I am haoov because I have no
time to "worry. For me it is work,!
Answer: So people can tell they
o o ,
Whitewashing a reputation won't
remove the stench of a. rotten life.
f i iter"