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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 30, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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GIRL IN DOMESTIC WORK DECREASES HER.
CHANCES FOR MARRIAGE 60 PER CENT
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(The third of three articles by a
thinking woman and student of liv
ing conditions, who left her apart
ment and friends and worked as a
housemaid in homes and boarding
houses of New York to get an in
sight into working conditions for
girls and to help solve the nation
wide servant problem.)
BY KITTY MARION
One of the greatest, perhaps THE
greatest, objections of a girl to do
mestic service is that she decreases
her chance of marriage 60 per cent.
"Why?" ask the unthinking.
' The answer is: Because she sees
scr few men. Some one has "said
"proximity spells affinity," and that
has Been illustrated many times on
the English stage.
Hardly a, titled family in England
that does not number at least one
woman from the English stage
among.it!" numbers. The Gaity the
ater has long been a meeting place
for actresses and men of wealth or
title.
y Said a mother to me, whose
daughterhad just married a lord: "I
tell my friends to put their daughters'
in the chorus and watch them." y
In England the only place that a
girl of the middle class can meet a
man of titled family is on the stage
or at the stage door of some theater.
Who does the girl, in yeurTcitchen'
meet? The grocery boy, aged 15;
the iceman, aged 40, married and fa
ther of four children; gas, water and
electric meter readerswho would ig
nore a girl who opens the door for;
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