WOMEN: Pitiful

"What transpired at the hearing?"

"There was no hearing, may it please the Court."

"Do I understand you properly? There was no hearing? . . . Have you the original minutes in the case?"

"There were none."

"None whatever?"

"That is the usual procedure, your Honor."

"Was there ever any charge that this girl was a prostitute?"

"No."

"Are there many such cases?"

"There are about 400, your Honor."

"Pitiful, pitiful," groaned his Honor, Justice Norman S. Dike of the New York Supreme Court. Peering over his glasses he surveyed Lena Burlatt, a girl of 17 who...

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