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" u uivwmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
at joy with a dime "skimped" from
her lunch money.
The fun youth craved was paid for
with blood money! Her body was
starving, her youth was withering
under the blight of the city.
She decided she must find a jvay
out. She did find the way. '
The $12-a-week stenographer is
now a $150,000 daughter-housekeeper
in the home of "Uncle Jimmle"
. and "Aunt Louisa" Pankhurst,
wealthy farmers at Amboy.
How the city girl was drawn from
thevturmoil ofHhe crowds to the cool
and quiet of the farm, Mary Alice
Smith told me as we walked through
the apple orchards and flower gar
dens of the Pankhurst farm.
"I was tired of the city," said Miss
Smith. "The city was tired, of me. I
gave it all I had, my youth, my ambi
tion. It paid me Back at the rate of
$12 a week.
"I didn't want to die. So many
girls in the stores and shops, sorely
tempted and bitterly tried, must die
die to everything good an'd sweet
and womanly, to keej) their bodies
"I left my home in Janesville, Wis.,
because I thought Chicago was the
place to bein to 'conquer the world.'
I was fascinated with the city at first.
It9 bigness filled me with wonder. '
' "While my nice clothes lasted and
the savings I brought from home
held out, I had a fine time. The
cafes were like fairyland and the
theaters were a wonder-world. The
noise of the loop was music in my
ears. ' ,
"It was when I tried to live qn $12
a week that I realized what a mon
ster the city is and what monsters
are some of the people in the city.
"I lived that kind of life for four
years. I finally realized Twas wast
ing my life and ruining my health.
"Then a "wonderful thing hap
pened. Mrs. Sophia Lamb, a club
woman who helps girls get positions
in their family and do their house
work. They promised to pay the girl
$10,000 if she would stay with them
and did not marry until they died.
"I laughed, because I had never
thought of living on a farm. But I
finally saw it was a chance to be my
self again. I took the chance and
here I am, healthy as a baby, and just
as free from worry as any kiddy. I'm
not thinking about the money. I'm
living a real life.-
"Of course, there are not many
such opportunities as the Pank
hursts offered, but I believe there are
places in small towns where girls
could do so much better than they
ao in tne city.
"Since I have been having such fun
here with my garden I have won
dered why more city girls do not be
come garden-farmers, take a little
land and raise vegetables. There is
a living in it, and it means glorious
. "The girl who is free from family
tics, as I was, and sticks to a $10 or
$12 job is selling her life too cheaply.
If she would only come to the farm
or to the small town! Out here she
can be a real woman; in the city she
is only a small part of a big crowd."
ONE OF MARY'S STORIES
Mary Pickford, beautiful "movie"
"It is egsy for a pretty girl to be
good if she is rich, but a pretty girl
who is poor has-a lot of temptations.
The pretty 'girl who is poor is a little
bit in the position of the boy in the
"A grocer leaned over the counter
and yelled at a boy who stood close
to an apple barrel:
" 'Are you tryin' to steal them ap
"'No no, sir,' the boy faltered.
'I'm tryin' not to!'"
Butte, Mont, 'will be the first west
ern city to receive a suddIv of t.h
on farms, told me the Pankhursts new dimes, quarters and half .dollars
.wanted a girl to be a sort of member I now being minted.
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