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This is the stgry she told as her
golden-haired baby of three climbed
over her knees and played with a lit
tle doll "like an American baby."
When Sarah Katoff was 10 years
old she was put out to do hard work
in Russia. She was- paM $1 a
month, but her older brother took
that. When she was 15 they brought
her to America.
She wanted to go to school after
she arrived in Los Angeles, but she
was told she would have to work. Her
father made her work in a laundry
at night and stay at home inside the
house all day long, so that the truant
officers would not find her and com
1 pel her to go to school. She dared
Two months after she arrived, as
she was going to work one evening,
a strange man accosted her on the
street. He told her he would like to
She told him to go away, that she
did not know him, and did not wish to
talk to' him.
The next morning she was told
that her father had consented to
marrying her to the man, for the man
would pay him $100. The father had
wanted $200, but had compromised
for half the price.
The girl protested until she was
beaten. And a week later she. was
given in Russian marriage to the
man she had seen but once. The oc
casion was celebrated with a week's
holiday. At the end of the week the
husband decided to take a second
week's holiday, and he lost his-job.
Then the wife was put to work and
, her money taken by the husband or
The husband drank heavily, and
he beat the girl often and hard.
Then Sarah Katoff ran away and
appealed to her father. He beat lier
and told her no daughter of his
should leave her husband. And he
took her back.
When they reached her husband's
home he was made to lie prostrate
ton, 'the floor, first at the. feet of her
husband, then his father and mother
and his 17-year-old brother, and be
seech theh forgiveness. On her
knees she was compelled to promise
never to protest aain against any of
Then she heard that American
girls ran away frodi husbands who
beat them and didn't pome back.
But when she told her mother-in-law
of this she was warned that Russian
girls who did that were caught and
beaten till they died.
She ran away anyhow and her ex-
periences, coming to the attention of
the authorities secured her freedom.
Here are the experiences which
made Sarah Katoff renounce the
bondage of Russia and become an
At 10 years of age she was put to
work in Russia for $1 a montn.
At 15 she was brought id America,
but forbidden o go to school.
Two months later she was sold for '
$100 to a man she had seen but-'once
and did not want to marry.
He beat .her, forced her to labor
hard and" took her money.