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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 07, 1913, Image 20

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She hears of them, longs for them
and imitates them in her feeble
way. She cannot smother the
longing, so she compromises.
She. hears of the grand opera.
Her heart hungers for the lights,
the music, the glittering stage.
She opens her worn purse, selects
the only coin she dare devote to
vain luxury and enters the nickel
theater. This stands to her hun
gry heart as a substitute for the
grand opera.
Youth whether it is clad in
rags or riches, whether it is half
starved or over-fed, whether it is
crushed or pampered, cnes out
for amusement.
This cry must be answered
even at a sacrifice. To com
promise forever and ever is a sad
and bitter sacrifice.
The amusements of the money
ed people are inspiring, elevating,
and they leave their stamp. The
amusements of the under-paid
are crushing, deadening, and they
also leave their stamp.
The work by which we live
marks us as its own. The ob
server knows us for what we are.
The entertainments in which we
indulge influence our character,
our habit of speech, our outlook
on life, even our gait.
Every woman is naturally a
lover of art, and when T meet a
girl who is truly satisfied with
something less I know that our
"system" has done its work with
a mighty flourish. It has killed
a part of her the better part
and left her ghost to be sneered at
by the maddening mob.
, Qh, whispering world! Criti
cise if you will, but where ther,e
is youth there is going to be en
tertainment and amusement. And
those who cannot afford the high
er planes will sink to any level in
quest of joy.
The land is rich with splendor
and plenty. Why should Amer
ica's daughters content them
selves with shadows?
The wise world goes on and on
believing the amusements we ac
cept are the amusements we de
sire, and are the only ones we are
fitted for.
This is all a mistake. The "
working girls has her dreams, her
ideals, but the call of youth must
be recognized, so she compro
mises regardless of consequences.
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Obadiah Gardner of Maine,
defeated for re-election to the
United States Senate, is men
tioned for secretary of agricul
ture. He is a practical farmer
and was for ten years head of the
state grange.
The oldest known English pic
ture is one of Chaucer, painted in
the year 1380.

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