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TELEGRAM, p,pt ign FT.A.. SATURDAY." OCT. 19.
THH EVENING on a "large Housing Committee.' Elegance and Style Find Delightful Expression in Our Coats and Coat Suits Hunting Lodging In Washington: How a New York Girl Fell Among Profitteers By Ruth Gilbert Cochran If you were a Government girl em-1 told me they were turning from twen ploye in Washington, would you care ty to thirty persons away from their tn v tan month fnr the nrivileee doors every day, but they assured m of sharing one poorly furnished bed room with three strange girls? Or A full dozen different styles from which to make your choice. Coats of heavy velour, pom pom, cheviots and Oxford mixtures two hundred Coats In all each a splendid bargain. Collars of seal plush, of self-material and of fur. All the Coats warmly lined, some throughout, some to the waist-line. Splendid Coats made of beautiful qualities of wool velour, chamois velour, Bolivia, pom pom, chiffon broadcloth, silver tone, zibelme, kitten's ear cloth, two-tone cheviots, Irian sliver tones and tweeds. Beautifully I ined with plain and fancy silks. Black, brown, plum, and green. taupe, reindeer, Burgundy, tan, navy La MODE Mrs. H. Logan, Prop, i ? ? Laundry Work That Excels Let us do your Table Linen Sheets, Pillow Cases, Etc. Satisfaction Guaranteed Lakeland Steam Laundry PHONE 130 R. W. WEAVER, Prop. AMERICAN for WATCHES AMERICAN GIRLS The 10-0 Size Elgin Watch Is The Smallest Made American Watch Rotary Buttons for ThelRotes Stevens Jewelry Store. would you care to sleep in the same room with an old woman and her husband? Those were two of the alternatives offered me in a recent three days' search for a lodging in Washington, and conditions are daily growing worse. I went down to Washington from New York City last Saturday night to attend conference concerning war work. I was summoned suddenly, and was told that I might be required to take up my residence in Washing ton immediately. I had no great dif ficulty in procuring a berth on the Pulman. In fact, traveling condi tions, though crowded, .were better than I had been led to believe. Con ditions in Washington itself were immeasurely worse than I could have believed possible. I went to Washington with a sur plus of $25 and thought that amount would be sufficient to live on comfort ably for a week at least. By Tues day afternoon I was left with just $1.25 in my pocketbook! Although I had had no time to re serve a hotel room I was fortunate enough to arrive early Sunday morn ing, and with the aid of a personal card to the manager of one of the best hotels was able to procure the promise of a room. But there was no room empty then. I was taken temporarily into a double room. The bed had not been made. There were all the evidences of a hasty flight trainward. When my baggage was later transferred' to a single room I received a pink silk negligee and a pair of men's slippers which had been gathered up with it. I had a hard time to persuade the hotel clerk that they did not belong to me. Although I had formerly lived in Washington, I had not been there, even on a visit, for four years. I spent several hours Sunday trying, to get in touch with old friends by tele phone and found in more than one case that telephone numbers given In the book were actually five years out of date. Of the few friends whom I was able to reach, all told me the same story there were no room to be had in Washington. I, remem bering Washington as it used to be, laughed at them and started blithely out on a search for a permanent lodg ing. My hotel room was comfort able, to be sure, but I, like most of the Government's war employes, ex pected to receive only a moderate sal aryand $4 a night for a room alone is not compatible with the poor work ing girl's means. Sunday afternoon I spent In the northwest section of Washington with a friend who has an apartment there very small and very crowded. She offered to share her own room with me if I could not find accommo dations elsewhere, but I hesitated, naturally, to inconvenience her. I mtie dreamed how gladly I was io accept her hospitality only two days later. Sunday evening I visited several old acquaintances in Washington. Not one of them had a room or half a room to spare, and not one of them could tell me of any one who had. And these were women who had lived in Washington all their lives, and had hundreds of friends living in the city. Sunday night I spent at the hotel. Already my bill for Sunday's break fast and supper, Sunday night's lodg ing and Monday's breakfast was over $8 a third of my $25 had disappeared in a single day and night! Monday morning, after a short bus iness conference I, started out to seek among strangers the accommodations I could not find among friends. First I went again through the 'phone book and city directory for the names of any acquaintances I could remmber from my grade school days. The residents of the northwest section il 4 I could find a room in tne noruwwi or southeast section. The southwest I did not consider desirable for a young woman in Washington alone. , While some parts of the residential section there are respectable, others are not and a stranger cannot al ways tell from the outside! If I had been one of the younger girls I saw continually searching for rooms in Washington girls from 16 to 21 hundreds and hundreds of them I should have begun to feel desperate Monday. Most oi mese girls had left their small town com munities in the West and South with little more than enough money to pay their railroad fare. Most of them know little of city life most of them are not acquainted with a single soul in Washington when they come there to work! One of these girls told me that she had been working for six months in Washington at $100 a month, that in that time she had barely managed to save up enough money to buy a ticket back home, and that she was going home the next day. She had not bought any new' clothes in all that time and had hal no money for amusements or any of the little extras that girls of her age value above the necessities of life. She is but one of hundreds. Monday I spent seeking rooms in Northwest Washington. I walked up East Capitol Street from First to Ninth, then, over to Maryland Ave nue, and back and forth through all those nine side streets. Not once 'lid I see a single card advertising rooms for rent. Evidently every one of those hundreds of houses was abso lutely full. told that here would be nothing open for two nights at least. The house was old, dark, dingy. The landlady took transients only, and her charge c, o mail, sparely furnished room on the third floor was $2 a night I had luncheon jwonaay ai me wis teria on the third floor of the Con gressional Library. The food there is rhean and edible. That afternoon it was the same story as In the morn ing. 1 went back to the hotel Mon day night. Dinner, room, and break fast reduced my $25 to a little more than Jin. And still I haa no otncr place to go! Monday night a member of the Col lege Women's Club tried to get room there for me. They had no rooms, and could tell me of none. Aleantime one of my friends had got ten in touch with a woman officiating was a well-known famiiv v.. ; where I might have procured room and board for $4 a day. How fw would a $100 salary go at that rate Tho members of my college 80rorit applied to this same woman tot x house which they could rent and fn,- 'all frtu nop nrArlrnwa rru. me oniy h0uae she offered them was one which n0 rents unfurnished for 400 a monn. To take it would mean that tweatj or imriy wumeu musi live there crowded Into the twelve rooms, h order to keep up living expenses'. In my Inquiries among the older Washingtonians I found the same in ability to grasp the situation con fronting the hundreds of girls W,0 are absolutely dependent on a small salary. Even on one of the few fab. ulously large war salaries one could not live- in Washington as well as one can live in New York for $25 a week. I know, for I have tried it. Tuesday morning after another brief business session I walked the streets, going Into every house that looked at all respectable whether or not there was a sign of "Rooms to Let" in the window. I inquired In one old house opposite the Canitni building. It is a relic of departed (Continued on page 6) NOTICE TO CREDITORS In Court of the County Judge, Polk County, State of Florida. In re Estate of Albert M. Torrence, Deceased. To all Creditors, Legatees, Distributees and all Persons having Claims or Demands apalnst said Estate: You, and each of you, are hereby notified and required to present any claims and de mands which you, or either of you, may have against the estate of Albert M. Torrence, de ceased, late of Jacksonville, Duval county, Florida, to the undersigned administratrix of said estate, within two years from date here, of. Dated August 23, A. D. 1918. ILA McCREIGHT, Administratrix. 7924-Mon. I r J 7 I called on one old acquaintance af ter another. Some of them remem bered knowing me as a child, others had forgotten me completely. I got the same answer from all except one old lady who offered to let me sleep in an extra folding bed in the same room with her and her husband. "He snores," she said, "but you can shut your eyes and ears and come right in along with us." I declined. This old lady was put ting cots in her dining room over night. She had every couch in the parlor filled, and they were hard couches, too. I was more and more appalled at the thought of the havoc such uncomfortable and unsanitary lodgings must be causing in the health of girl and women employes. I found one place which had half a room open, but they took men lodg ers only. One acquaintance on whom I called had nine girls sleeping in four rooms. She was charging them $20 apiece for room alone. And none of the girls was receiving a sal ary larger than $100 a month. I called at the house of a dentist who used to treat my teeth.. He and his wife lived in an eight-room house alone, but complained that they could not face the discomforts of caring for a lodger although, "we would have loved to take care of you, my dear, if it were possible!" They pointed out a still larger house across the street. There were only two women living in the house wealthy old Washington ians to whom their home had always been a sacred thing. Their house naa twelve large rooms. A great deal of pressure is being brought to bear on people such as these to open their houses to the homeless, even though they are far from need of the money. Some have responded splen didly, and the churches are aecora pnsning mucn along this line. But every room announced in church Sunday morning is taken before the day is over! I went back to the Union Station and inquired at the desk maintained there for the purpose of procuring rooms for girl Government employes TU J i uo wuuiuu iu marge gave me one address. I called there, only to le Something Good ! To Eat Awaits You Every Minute Day or Night at Shaws Quick Lunch and Dining Room Florida Avenue, Opposite City Hall, Look for the Red Front ill To Be Found DEPABTHE" 'f tJ Tools For All Trades IN THE VERY BEST OF SERVICEABLE QUALITIES, ARE HERE FOR ALLTRADESMEN AND LABORERS. THESE TOOLS ARE OF THE BEST MAKE, AND EVERY ONE IS GUAR ANTEED. 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