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wees ana commissions ty tne Stale
street store. This was just enough
to keep warm food in their stomachs
and pay the rent on the squalid room
at N. State and Superior sts. It was
just enough to live on. But the girls
were glad to get along.
When the Christmas days were
"gone and the store, swept the tinsel
and holly from the windows and
started an agressive January, sale,
things went badly for the' two girls.
Thousands of Christmas (purchases
were returned and every time an
article that the girls had sold came
back the commission they got was
deducted from their. salary for the
week the purchasers got their money
So Marian and Charlotte, soon
after Christmas, found ' that they
would lose almost all of their wages
for some weeks to come under this
.Boston Store system. So they quit.
Then followed hungry days of job
seeking with no luck. They couldn't
.place with another store because
every one or tne loop nouses naa iaia
off hundreds of girls just as fast lis
they 'were not needed after the
Christmas holiday rush was over. .
One day as Marian, the older girl,
was walking along Dearborn street
after a vain attempt to get work in
the Pair, she noticed a swarthy man.,
who had followed her from the store.
He dogged her steps and made
several attempts to speak.
He grew very bold as she reached
the front of the Crilly building and
the girl darted into the 'lobby to es
cape him. Breathless and frightened,
she attracted the attention of two
dapper woung fellows standing near
her. They approached and finally
asked , her if they could assist her.
And she told them what had hap
pened. They offered to protect her and
when the feeling of restraint had
passed away, the girl told her whole
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scribed tJfe treatment she got ajth.e J
Boston store and explained that she
was out of a. job.
"That's fine!" one of the girl's new
friends said. "I know just where I
can place you. I am in the theatrical
business running an employment
agency and I can get you a fine job
on the road,. That Is, of course, if
you are really looking or work."
"Oh, we are looking for work,
Marian answered. "We are just
worried to death over prospects and
I- don't know what we are going
' "Well, you" just come with me and
I'll, fix you up with the best job you
ever had. I've got. an office in the
Saratoga" hotel. Come along," he
said with a pleasant smile. And
Up in Room 600. of the hotel, ten
minutes later, the girl regretted her
hasty 'decision. One "of her escorts
he gave the name Jack Press was
trying to excuse himself from the
"office," which had a bed and bath
room in it like any hotel room.
But Press slipped out and closed
the door after him. Marian -was
alone in the room with the other of
her "rescuers." He talked earnestly
to her for a few minutes and moved
closer and closer.
When the girl was ' thoroughly
scared she screamed for help. An
other gueBt on the 6th' floor pound
ed on the door of Room 600 and
askpd what the trouble was. Her
captor opened the door and ex
plained that there was nothing what
ever the matter, that they were just
having a friendly squabble and, to
prove this to the man, he took Mar
ian by the arm and led her from the
room and out of the hotel.
So ended her first escape.
Once home she told her sister of
the affair and thanked her stars that
she had escaped as luckily as she
But a week later, when the fellow
who figured in the Room 6d0 inci
dent, called on her and again offered
her the -swell job oh the road. JUart