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ployment agencies, even those that!
charge a registration. But they do
not pay much attention to the girl
who is employed and who is trying
to get another position; there are too
marty girls sitting around the offices
waiting to fill any position that
"Mother was at the hospital seven
weeks. I had to always wear a cheer
ful smile when I visited her, but al
ways I had the lurking dread of what
the next day would bring forth, be
cause you know that a man insults
you by progression and each day I
was waging a harder battle.
"One night I grew hysterical when
he was holding me, for he was too
strong to prevent that, and I asked
him what he would think if some one
subjected his sister to that treatment
just because her living depended on
her position. This is what he said:
" 'I know I am acting like a cad,
but I cannot help it. You fascinate
me. There is something about you
I simply cannot resist. I want you
to promise me you will always stay
in my employ. I never was attracted
by another girl as I am by you.'
"But the insult you are giving
your wife," I said.
" 'I don't intend that she shall ever
know,' he answered. I would protect
her against any knowledge of a thing
of this kind, but I might as well admit
to you that I am infatuated with you.
You cannot stop this. If you leave
my employ I will hunt you up. Until
the thing burns itself out, you are
vitally necessary to my happiness. I
know you are a good girl, if you were
not, I suppose you wouldn't make me
feel this way. But I simply cannot
resist kissing you.'
"There was one office I had regis
tered at, where the girl looked at me
as though she were sympathetic, one
out of the many, and the next day
at noon, after I had thought the
thing over that night and realized
that if I was to remain a 'good grl' J
must get away from there at once,
I went to see this girl. I told her the
whole story my circumstances,
mother's sickness, and the necessity
of getting another position at once.
"She said, 'Quit there without no
tice now. If there is anything you
have left there, send a messenger for
it with a note. I'll send you out to
everything that comes in and you'll
have a position by tomorrow. Refer
to me. Don't even mention you work
ed for that firm.'
"I did what she said, and I got
another position to start the follow
"I have always felt wildly indig
nant that there is no redress for a
thing of this kind. I did grow hopeful
when the lieutenant-governor of this
state suggested appointing a com
mission to hear these stories and
deal with them, but nothing seems
to have come o'f that.
"And I am glad that you are giving
it a little publicity, for, who knows,
it may start a wave of reform, or it
may make men a little fearful, for
a time at least, of taking advantage
of a girl's dependency, lest she make
his offense public."
I am not going to comment on this
letter. But I would be very much in
terested in knowing what the readers
think of it.
HAVE BOOKED GOOD SPEAKERS
Lieut.-Gov. O'Hara, John Fitzpat
rick, president of the Chicago Fed
eration of Labor, and Jane Addams,
will attend the conference of the In
ternational Brotherhood Welfare As
sociation, which will be held at Hull
House, Wednesday evening, Nov. 12.
Plans will be disoussed for the care
of the 100,000 homeless and jobless
men in Chicago. An option has been
secured on a downtown building,
which will be opened at once as per
manent headquarters for the broth
erhood. The I. B. W. A. will also demand
that the several hundred empty
buildings in Chicago bethrown open
to the "down-and-outs" during the