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AFTER Mrs. Burton Harrison
wrote her story of "A Bachelor
Maid." the subject that had
given bo much occasion for talk nnd
newspaper discussion dropped Into
deeuoiud"'. It was Been that the bach
elor woman was not a fad; she really
existed and Intended to exist. Bo the
■world stopped railing: at her. and ac
cepted her as something that had to be.
X<>\v this case in I-ondon of Miss Inez
Broome, the pay and independent
bachelor girl of brains, means and ped
igree, has set the world a-talkinp; again
about the single woman who feels that
she has a right to do as she pleases
and art just as her brothers do.
It Is true that Miss Broome has re
noun< ■■■] her bachelorhood. She has
married a brother of the noble Craven,
who some years back wedded the New
York heiress, Miss Bradley- Martin. But
the bachelor maid who became a bride
hus not renounced her Independence;
Bhe has simply elected to be her hus
band's chum and comrade for life. It
Is not likely that we shall ever hear of
any American bachelor woman going
to such extremes in her assertion of in
dependence as did the gay Miss
Broome. She. perhaps, shocked the
proprieties a trifle too far. Neverthe
less, she served to bring the fascinating
woman bachelor once more into promi
The popular idea of the bachelor girl
In the minds of those who "do not
know," ho "do not understand," Is a
young woman who laughs at conven
tionality, smokes cigarettes and drinks
cocktails all day, and who is both bold
and coarse. In reality the bachelor girl
Is neither bold nor coarse; for the
former, substitute Independent. In re
gard to the latter, she is certainly not
one of those who mistake prudishness
for modesty, yet she is withal refined.
And she is feminine, fascinating and
The feminine bachelor is very much
misunderstood by her married sisters;
also by those of her women relatives
ho are not bachelors. Somebody has
defined the difference between an old
maid and a bachelor maid as lying in
this: The former is still looking out for
a hut-band, while the latter is perfectly
satisfied to live without one. Probably
the distinction is not exactly this, but
j something sufficiently near it. The
bachelor woman would not take "any
>eld thing" as a- husband rather than go
: without. If she marries she wants a
friend, a companion, a man who is her
equal in brain, heart and soul. If Fhe
never meets this ideal she can still be
happy. She Is not always a worker;
she may be a society girl. But what
ever she is, she is an admirable type of
the best in womanhood.
In New York you find no end of these
women bachelors. Sometimes they live
In flats, en duo, en trio, or in quintets
;< or sextets. They go to places of amuse
*ment without male escorts end fear Is
• to them a term unknown. All ranks
of society have representatives among
these bachelors and they represent all
the professions. They do not disdain
men; no, they have plenty of masculine
friends. But they meet on equal
ground. The men respect and like these
women, like them all the better, per
haps, because they know they are not
expected to fall in love with them and
propose matrimony because they hap
pen to express a fondness for their so
They do fall in love sometimes, of
course they do. And when the bachelor
girl marries she usually makes the very
best kind of a wife. She appreciates a
good husband, and, because she is not
■willing to be his slave, that does not
make ncr the less dutiful and careful
of his comfort.
Ask the bachelor maid if she ever
thinks of marriage, and she usually
Bays: "Oh, yes; sometimes." But her
single blessedness does not disturb her
It is a matte*" of Interest to con over
the names of gome ef our local bachelor
women. We can show none of the
Broome order, but many charming
young women who believe that inde
pendence is a pleasant possession, and
who are In no hurry to change the
prefix • Miss' 'to "Mrs."
All over California one can find these
happy bachelor girls, some of them In
public life, but many more "in society."
The latter are usually interested In
clubs of culture, or music, or painting,
but all represent line types of Cali
fornia;) young womanhood.
The school departments of this and
other cities are full of bright bachelors.
Miss Mamie Deane is perhaps as rep
resentative as any of this type. Eliza
D Keith was In journalism before she
entered the School Department.
Two bachelors who have distinguish
ed themselves in the world of art are
Marie Wlthrow and her sister Eva; the
latter paints splendid portraits, while
the former teaches vqcal music. They
are in London now.
Journalism contains the names of
many clever bachelor girls. There is
Mabel Craft, for one, a University and
Hastings Law College graduate, and
the author of a successful book. May
Eleanor Gates, Eleanor Croudace. Gen
evieve Green — these are but a few of
the many bright girl bachelors who
write good newspaper stuff.
Maren M. Froelich Is devoted to art
and has no time to think of much else
thwse days outside of her ord»ra for
Jhe gachelor tfoung is)omen
S> of Calif omia <&
ballet girls in picturesque poses
Blanche Letcher considers art an excel
lent substitute for a domestic life, as
does Emilia Kalisher, the California
girl who has just returned from Paris.
Miss Mabel Ayer finds her pleasure
in the attainment of culture and the
frivolities of society. She is the secre
tary of the Forum Club and has ad
vanced views en women's rights and
Miss Beaver is another society girl
who possesses the independent feelings
of a bachelor. She is of the Charming
Auxiliary Directory and goes in for
mental and musical culture. Miss
Beatrice Tobin is a bachelor girl of the
English type, athletic, jolly and happy.
Miss Farquharson, like Miss Beaver, is
Interested In mental culture and is a
member of the < 'banning Auxiliary.
Miss Lottie Gashwiler is an up-to-date
bachelor girl.
In the field of short story writers ap
pear Juliet Wilbur Tompkins, editor of
The Puritan; Geraldine Bonner and
Gwendolen Overtoil. Then there is
Amy I.- Wells, who combines with her
talent as an expert stenographer the
ability to write bright jokes, verse,
sketches and stories. h
Jennie Dunphy and Emilie Hager are
representatives of the woman bachelor
element in our most exclusive circles.
Jennie Flood, by reason of her millions,
is enabled to live a free and pleasurable
existence, almost constantly traveling.
Marie Voorhies has exhibited no incli
nation to forsake her father's home.
Ardella Mills, W. H. Mills' eldest
daughter, is devoted to her home and to
her music. -Mira Burnett is another so
ciety girl ho finds music an Interest
ins study; she is the!! secretary of the
Ensemble Club. Miss Edith Rucking
ham, daughter of Mrs. Thomas K.
Church, Is cultured and musical. Pau
line a: d Grace Merrill, daughters of tlie
late Paul Merrill, are bachelor young
women with independent Ideas, and as
they have plenty of money they are able
to live according to their views. Miss
Jennie McFarland, Judge T. B. McFar
land's daughter, is an up-to-date bach
elor maid, ar. is Susie Russell; who is
one ■•" the ' load sisters' particular
friends. She is a sister of Mrs. William
Clark, Then there are the Misses Tay
and their friend, Miss Danforth, all
fond of society and understanding how
best tn enjoy life.
Miss Alyce Gates and her sister Ger
trude are modern bachelors. The former
sings charmingly and the latter re
cites. Maude Noble, who plays the
trombone in Mr. Howe's amateur or
chestra, is a University graduate and
is now taking a medical course at the
Cooper Medical College. She is in no
hurry to forsake her bachelorhood.
Maude A. Smith, president of the
Chaminade Club, Is an advanced young
bachelor. She is up to date t.-n all sub
jects, but is especially devoted to
In Sacramento Etta Birdsall leads
the van of bachelor maids in society.
She has traveled all over Europe, has
been to Japan, and excels as a conver
sationist. She is a magnificent
dresser and is feminine and charming
in manner. Florence McKune, Judge
McKune's daughter, is as well known in
San Francisco- as in Sacramento so
ciety. She is jolly and very up to date.
Also prominent among the capital's
girl bachelors are Minnie Clarke, Judge
Clarke's daughter, a sis'er of Mrs.
Charles McCreary; Ella Smith, daugh
ter of Edwin F. Smith, but who lives
with Mrs. Downey Harvey's mother,
Mrs. Cutler; Helen Lindiey, a cousin of
Marie Burroughs; Susie Garfleld, Lot
tie Wilsey and many others.
In Oakland the Misses Huff are
prominent for the interest they take in
the Ebell Society. They live in San
Leandro and entertain extensively.
Miss Harrington is also an Oakland
bachelor. She plays the 'cello, sings
and is fond of society.
Alameda has many young women
bachelors, among them: Miss Hunter,
who is one of thj most popular girls in
society, and Miss ("ashman, also a so
ciety girl; Susie Figg. Mrs. Frank Mc-
Cormick's sister, and very musical,
and Ada Ramsdell, a university gradu
ate, who has adopted a teacher's
The Misses Hush of Fruitvale may he
classed among the bachelor girls of 'Ala
meda County. They have traveled widely
in Europe and the East and are accom
plished in music.
Miss Lou Wall is another Oakland
bachelor girl who has made a name in
the world of art. Her figure studies are
more than merely clever, they are full at
Miss Frances Jolllffe. the fourth' of the
beautiful Jolllffe sisters, is only a society
girl by compulsion. Her desire Is to be
an actress, and ever since she left Vassar
she has had that ambition in view. She
had some stage experience with the Mod-
!-r.;i company.
Miss Anna Miller Wood resides in Bos
ton, but occasionally returns to San
Francisco, her old home, for visits of a
few months. She is contralto of the
First Unitarian Church, Boston, and is
the favorite pupil of Arthur Foot.', trie
composer. , _, . ,
Miss Helen Hyde is one of the Sketch
Club's most active members. She has
made a great hit with her Chinese
sketches. She is independent and de-
VOted to her art. ,
Miss Jennie Blair is a very happy
bachelor girl, She Is pretty and clever
and rich, charitably inclined and fond of
travel and society.
Charlotte Beckwith of the Tivoli, a
beautiful and talented bachelor girl, lives
with her mothei in a very cozy flat. Her
home life is quiet, as much of It is spent
in resting. At 10 in the morning Miss
Beckwith'a busy time begins— rehearsal.
Home in time for dinner and a few mo
ments' rest, back again to the theater,
then home at 11, and the charing dish Is
busy for three-quarters of an hour. A
charming hostess is she, and as good a
cook as she Is charming.

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