YOUTH: Little Women

Life in Nahant, Mass., 15-year-old Roberta McCauley remarked, was dull. Seventeen-year-old Eileen Jeffreys agreed. Sixteen-year-old Marilyn Curry added: "The kids at school are terrible." The three girls, who were baby-sitting at the time in the home of a Dr. Albert Covner, decided to run away to New York.

The Covner baby was sleeping so hard, as Roberta put it, "that you couldn't wake him up with a meat cleaver," and the girls hurried upstairs, forthwith, to steal some of Mrs. Covner's dresses for the trip. They made a heady discovery—the doctor, for reasons...

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