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"WE WEREN'T ALWAYS WILLING TO GO THE
PACE," SAYS EVELYN NESBIT IN LIFE STORY 9
t! BY EVELYN NESBITT ' y
Christine Neal "was my chum while we were in Los Angeles together. a
"When I went away she was left alone. And when I got back there wasn't
anything I could do. She had been a victim. So we two started going out
together. The mutual help we had been to each other was gone.
The first thing I noticed was that everybody was ready and willing.
even eager, to give us a shove along the downward path. 2
Young fellows, scarcely out of high school, whose parents were foolish
enough to entrust them with automobiles, would willingly take advantage
of us and then go home and kiss their own sister with a clear conscience.
Married men were always eager for a "joy ride" with a couple of "live .
wires" such as Christine and myself undoubtedly were about that time.
Some of them were aged enough to havejiaughters as old as we were, but
mat man c mane any amerence. wnat
a howl they would put up though if
somebody chased around with their
daughters as they did with us. They'd
be the first to run for a gun,
It was the automobiles that started
it, of course. I've heard prominent
men say disgustedly:
"Aw, these girls that go joyriding
want to go. They don't have to be led.
Another one said:
"I could go out with my machine
any night and pick up six girls and
take them to the beach."
That's all very true. But we weren't
always ready and willing to go joy
riding. There was a time when we had to
Once every one of the six girls the
sporting man could pick up were
good school girls. And there was a
tragedy behind every one of them.
Christine's story is the old one of
the girl whose employer is a beast.
That's a chance every working girl
takes, of getting such a man in au
thority over her. She hates the man
like poison now. It's a strange thing,
but true, that after a while every girl
hates the man that caused her down
fall. The man that ensnared her used to
ask her for walks in the evening after
things were quiet on the streets.
He made love to her and held her
hand and all that. She didn't see the
danger. One night he hugged and?
kissed her until she was dizzy.
Kissing is an jntoxicant, as muchs
as whisky. It has the same effect on3
some people, makes them dizzy andf
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