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nicely to her and offer her a chance
to make some "easy money" selling
chances to men who buy.
If the girl takes a chance' she is
given a book with 50 pages. On each
page is a girl's name. She sells the
book for 10 cents a page to as many
men as she can get without letting
her boss catch her.
On the back of the book, pasted
downward, is written one of the
names contained in the book. The
man who buys the page containing
this name for a dime is given a "gold
watch and chain."
Those who have been stung on the
plan say the watch and chain often
are worth less than a dollar. The.
girl gets a small percentage of the
$5 which she turns in to the .man
who sells the gambling device.
But the peril lies here. The girl
who works in a tfate street store
takes many chances of being offered
improper proposals by male creatures
who stop and chat. The girl can't
refuse to talk to these men because
if she makes a mistake and offends
sl customer she may find lself out
of a job. And most girls working
along State street need their jobs
and the measly wage attached there
to. Most of the girls are decent. And
most of them look decent. They
wear plain clothes which, though not
as expensive, cover more of their
bodies than the gowns of some young
society buds of "the drive" or Grand
So these men who make loop store
girls their prey are careful and many
a girl escapes temptations that would
ruin her life because men can find
n6 way to open a conversation wtih
Numbers of the girls who took
these chance books to sell didn't stop
to think that they would have to get
very, friendly with the men to whom
they sold the pages. Many of them
didn't consider the temptation.
Few of them realized that when a
man spends a dime or two dimes or
three when asked by a strange girl
vhe expects to get a lot for his money.
The gambling game gave the men an
There were also some women who
used their department store jobs as a
covering to hide then: nightly occupa
tion of sin. They are most plentiful
in the stores which pay cheap wages.
This sort of women welcomed the
chance books. They could sell a
chance tp a man, get very friendly
with him and- then let him "date her
up" for some night. Their business
prospered with the chance books.
, The police got their first tip when
a counter girl tried to sell a chance to
a detective. x
When the trouble was reported to
Captain Morgan Collins of the 1st
precinct he announced that his po
licewomen would get orders to watch
for the men in the stores. .
"We have two policewomen in the
State street stores to look out for
just such things as these," he declar
ed. The 'lady policemen' were put
on State street to protect the girls
that work there.
"Most of the girls who are em--'oyed
in the loop stores, are good,
clean young ladies that have to work
because they ned the money. They
deserve all the protection they can
get from us. It will go hard with these
fellows ifwe nail them."
AIR SQUAD MAY GUARD BORDER
AFTER PERSHING WITHDRAWAL
El Paso, Tex., Nov. 20. Establish
ment of aerial border patrol compos
ed of 200 aeroplanes is being consid
ered as part of Mexican border guard
after withdrawal of Gen. Pershing's
expeditionary force from Mexico.
Prom nasseneers of rflfiie-fin train
reaching Juarez at midnight last
night, United States government
agents obtained confirmation of re
turn of General Trevino, Mexican' de
facto commander, to Chihuahua City
after marching his army out to open
campaign against Villa,