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I was flipping through the Day Book issues from November 1916 and spotted this interesting profile of a girl escort from New York City.
STRANGER IN NEW YORK? FEEL SAFE WITH ALICE, THE GIRL ESCORT
If you are a stranger In New York and long for company; if you are wary of the men who prowl along the Broadway side walks meet Alice Germanie.
Alice will be your escort. You may have heard of the custom of providing male escorts for lonely girls at receptions. A hired chaperon introduces the girl to one of the boys she knows. The girl leaves it to the chaperon to introduce only a reputable and responsible young man as her escort.
But what of the strange man who has no one to stand sponsor for him? Alice has solved his dilemma.
It is a bread and butter proposition to Alice. She had tried the stage and failed. She knew New York from the Battery to Van Cortlandt, from the Hudson to Jamaica. Yet she couldnt find work.
A relative from the west gave her the idea. Escort to strange men! All kinds of reflections but good would be cast upon her, she feared. People would look upon her as a vampire, who would entice the innocent stranger into a complex tangle for mere selfish gain.
But Alice isn’t of that sort. She is beautiful, clever, a good dancer and a pleasant companion. She resolved to withstand all criticism and follow out her relative’s idea.
Set only 50 feet from Broadway, in one of the Forties, is Alice’s hotel. The hotel owner knows her business and he helps her make her living. Through him and a few of his close friends, strangers they happen to meet come to Alice.
This time it is not the stranger, but Alice who is taking the chances. She is sincere and trustworthy. He is who knows?
But Alice goes out with him, wherever he cares to go. Sometimes it is one, more often two and even three.
“I do not ask whether they are married,” says Alice. “It makes no difference to me. I take them to dinner, to a dance or a performance. I have regular rate $10 for one man, $15 for two and $20 for three, with dinner and other expenses.”
“It costs them less with me’ as their escort than it might cost them if they met the kind who do not know what economy is and who want a good time only for them selves.
“Midnight is my limit, too. My companions may stay as long as they want, hut when the clock strikes 12, I go home. If I want to make escorting a business I must have fixed rules and follow them strictly.”
The Great White Way is no place for an innocent stranger all alone. Alice makes it her business to acquaint him with this world-famed street in the most economical, pleasant manner.
Of course, the stranger who ventures upon Broadway must have money, plenty of it, even if he is so fortunate as to have so true a guide and escort with him as Alice Germanie.
Source: The Day Book – November 21, 1916
Fun Fact: When Frank Leslie died in 1880, his debts amounted to $300,000. His wife, Miriam Leslie, took the business in hand and put it on a paying basis. She even went so far as to have her name legally changed to Frank Leslie in June, 1881. She also was a notable feminist and author in her own right. She dies September 18, 1914 in New York City.
Two of the Oldest Churches in America
The celebration of a bi-centennial by a church has been an event that has only been observed by a few congregations in America since its discovery. The Falckner Swamp Lutheran Congregation, at New Hanover, Penn., celebrated on November 28th and 29th last, the two hundredth anniversary of its existence as a congregation, being the oldest Lutheran congregation in the Western World, worshiping in the oldest Lutheran church in America. Lutheranism in America dates back to June 24th, 1694, when the first Lutheran services were conducted in Germantown, Penn., by Henrich Bernhard Koster. Other Lutherans soon crossed the Atlantic, and in 1700 the Rev. Daniel Falckner brought a little band of Germans from Langon-Reinsdorf, Saxony, who settled in the Falckner Swamp region, the region being named after the leader of the little army of Germans. The congregation was organized in 1703, and it formed the nucleus of the church in North America, which now has 9,000,000 members. In 1742 Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, who is known to all Lutherans in America, became the pastor of the congregation, and later Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg served as pastor of this church, afterward being elected to Congress, where he soon became a potent factor in the affairs of the nation.
There is no other church in America to-day whose history is more interesting. The first two structures in which the Rev. Mr. Falckner preached were built of logs, the first being built about 1707 or 1709, the second in 1721. The third, the present edifice, though remodeled, was built in 1767, of brown sandstone with a brick floor, the brick floor serving until 1825, when a wooden floor was inserted. No stoves were used prior to 1825, and the congregation often worshiped in the building when the thermometer was at zero. In 1867, a century after the first stone church was built, the church was remodeled, and again in 1886, but it still retains the original stones of the church of 1767 and much of the lumber. Eminent pulpit orators of the Lutheran faith from all over America took part at the bi-centennial celebration. Within a stone’s throw of this Lutheran church stands the oldest Reformed Church in America, erected in 1720. Both churches were used as hospitals for American soldiers during the war of the Revolution. Near the Reformed Church is situated the parsonage, the oldest house in eastern Pennsylvania, where the late Governor Hartranft, who was a general in the Federal army during the Civil War, was born. This historic spot is called the cradle of Lutheran and Reformed religion in America.
Source: Frank Leslie’s Weekly – January 7, 1904
After last Christmas, it occurred to us that most of the kids in the family are grown now – some even married – so it might be a good time to revisit how we handle Christmas gifts and keep spending under control. What we decided to do was go to a Secret Santa system for anyone over 18 who wants to participate while letting people shop however they want for the kids.
Having never organized a Secret Santa before, I immediately started digging (that’s what I do) into variations to determine how we wanted to do this thing. It did not take long to find tools that make this whole process easier.
The one we have settled on is Boogspace’s Secret Santa Generator. It is free and offers everything we needed. It allows you to add your list – along with special features to control for people who should not be shopping for each other – and have the drawing and notification (by SMS or Email) done right from the standalone tool. Nobody has to register on the site — not even the organizer. (more…)