Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1949 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
other restedl across pink cheeks,
Suggesting life in the open.
,Thej'r .names were Daisy Myers
and Collie. JDougan, who recently
completed a walking tojur from
New York to San Francisco,
which tpqk themeight tfionths to"
a -day. They left 'ew York; "with
.$1.50 and an unbounded zest for
adventufe and worked .their
way across the country, doing il
lustrating And writing for news
papers and occasionally waiting
on tables at Hotels.
Physically, thetrip "Benefited
thern, but they said they would
not dp it again without npney
"It was a terrible strain tp fraye
to look out fo the next meal all
the time' said Mollie Daugan.
"We were ahvas hungry, it
"We neven vyent.a.Ymed and we
never were ip suited, npt even by
tramps wliom I think'are a pep
feetly harmless, worthless set of
men. , . j
"The roughest, men, such as
miners and qowbays, are, the kind
est. I will'never forgebhowgood
the miners and the railroad men
were to us. GJup mbst thrilling
advpnture, perhaps, was one
night jn winter when e "were
smuggled on ' the caboose of a
Six cqxsjusr. ahead of us were
wrecked, butwe were unhurt We
slept out in the, open every night
for eleven weeks- last fall. We al
ways went mit in the center of a
clover field if w6 could find pne,
and curled up in our blankets an;d
went to sleep at once. We walk"
ed Qiali average oi 25 miles a day
in -the open, country.
The girjs walked -from New
Yo"rk to St. Iiouis along the old
National Pike trail. From there
they followed the Wabash west
and then along the TAenver &Ria
Grande to Qgden andthe South
ern Pacific to San Francisco.
. Miss -Myers teljs .one of -the
amusing incidents . that befell
"It takes.a keen sense-Qf-bjumor
to appreciate the unique 'experi
epces qne meets. Theyliavetboth
pleasant qnd unpleasant t sides,,
and you have to accept' both
gracefully to make atly progress.
"We got into Ogden dea.d"
broke and ijadn't '.had an overwhelming-amount
of eats for twp
days. -We found the.b'esf "pawn
shop in town and gotSO cents
oh our jewelry-, two Ingersol
watches and one silver ring apd
were 'overjoyed. r ' ' T
""'We went to theneafest cafe
and ordered a hamburer n(Mg&
sandwich (20 cents")' and some"
coffee. It was he cheapest and
mbst filling, thing1 onf the menu.
My friend walked-out, supposing
that'I would payand I -thought
she had &e( 50 cents: Ifcsuddenly
dawned on us that ( neither had
Tire pawribrokWhadruqt given
us the-money. We just stared at
each other -andfHurned re,d and
redder. The cjerk smiled and
said it was all O, K. anyway. We
ran back totjie pawnshop, got
tfie 50 cents and came back very
much relieved and pard the bili'