Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1943 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
mine, lit a cigar, took a puff or two,
and said, "I think you'll just about
suit me, little girl. I've been looking
for something slick like you. I could
see you were a live wjre the minute
you crossed the line." "'-
All this time he was putting on the
180-pound goo-goo for all he was
worth and I was edging my chair
away from him as I asked:
"How much does the position
"Five dollars to begin," he an
swered. "I can't live on that," I said.
"No, of course not! Nobody expects
you to!" he said, and then he reached
over and took my hand. "A good
looking girl like doesn't have to live
on $5. Why you might get as much
as $18 a, week if we hit it off togeth
er. ThaVs what my former stenog
The man was so obnoxious, he was
so physically pressing, that I didn't
think I could stand it another min
ute. I wanted to slap his nasty face,
not so much for myself as for the
YOUNGER girls who had been there
and who would go there in answer
to that advertisement and who would
not know the breed as well as I do.
My Irish temper was rising. I knew
I'd hit him in another minute.
Next I tried two department stores.
"No vacancies." I tried the movie
houses. "All positions filled."
At the end of three days I had
asked for work at every blessed
thing I could do and lots of things I
couldn't do. And everywhere I had
been turned down.
"Suppose," I said to myself, "I.real
ly was a YOUNG GIRL ALONE in
this terrible city, what would I do?
Would I, at the end of a long, dis
heartening search, have the strength
and the will to turn aside from sloth
ful promise of the occupation always
open always clamoring for re
cruits?" How should I turn from the call of
luxury in New York shops, the prom
ise of luxury in men's eyes? As a
worker the city had rejected me, but
would it reject me as something else?
In my three "days' journey about
the city I had received too many
winks and leers, repelled too many
invitations in the form, "May I walk
alongwith you, dearie?" "Come have
a bite of lunch," etc., to believe that
for a moment.
la!'?'' 'alv Jta.
"Chivalrous gentlemen suggested
to me that they could pay me only
$5 a week salary, but that it would
be -easy for a good-looking girl like
me to make $15 a week 'on the side.' "
Washington. President Wilson
has ten tons, of coal in his cellar, but
the dealer can't collect the bill be
cause the government refuses to O.
K. it without a contract.