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DRIVES HAEF CLAD GIRLS INTO NEAR ZERO WEATHER
The spirit of Christmas is over
the land or so we are told in de
partment store advertisements.
And yesterday there was a fire
in an old and rickety building at
Lake street and Fifth avenue,
There were over one hundred
women working in the building
when the fire broke out.
Among them were the em
ployes of the Model Luch Club,
most of whom were changing
from street Jo working clothes
' when the alarm pi fire spread.
Mrs. Kathryn Creedon, Mrs,
Agnos Ditch and Elizabeth Hueb
ner had no shoes on. Mrs. Ella
Butman, Gertrude Stoeckle, Elsie
Wilson and Mrs. E. Van Delden:
were only partially dressed.
In terror of their lives, these
half clad women ran to the street.
It was bitterly cold. The ther
mometer stood at 5 above zero.
The women, frightened, help
less, shivering, sought refuge in
the shop of the United Cigar
Stores on the southwest corner of
Lake and Fifth.
This peeved Harry Guffey, who
is chief clerk in the store, and a
very proper person indeed, with
an eye to'&usines's. It was obvious
that the- women would interfere
with business; in fact they hardly
looked respectable, half clad and
shoeless as theywere.
So Harry Guffey called a po
liceman. "Chase these women out of
here," he said.
The policeman began "chas
ing" the women out into the cold.
iThey protested. They explained
how they had sought refuge from
the fire, how they were shoeless
and only partly clothed.
"Can't help it," said the po
liceman: "My orders are to get
you out. They came from the
Mrs. Van Delden, who was
manager of the x Model Lunch
Club for her mother-in-law, Mrs.
L. MacGregor, appealed to Guf
fey. Guffey was stern and unrelent
ing at first, but underthe pitiful
pleading of Mrs. Van Delden, he
melted a little at last
"Oh, well," he said gruffy,
''they can stay long enough to get
their shoes on. But that's all."
Mrs. Van Delden, Mrs. Cree-'
don, Mrs. Ditch and Mrs. Butman
are suffering from severe colds to
day. These colds might develop
And the "Spirit of Christmas"
is over the larid according to the
advertisements of the big depart
ment stores, and. the United Cigar
Stores, which give special pre
miums around Christmas time to
induce the people to buy more of
Judge You understand the
nature of an oath, don't you?
Lady Witness (a little flurried)
I beg your pardon? Judge
What is the nature of an oath?
Witness ( triumphantly) Pro
fane, isn't it?
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Hobbs My wife thinks it's
wicked Of me to play bridge.
Bobbs It is the way you play