WOMEN: My Friend

Men never rattled little Alice McCarthy. She had dates when she was a girl, but her serious attention she reserved for her singing career. When that fizzled after a few broadcasts over Chicago's radio stations, Alice did not weep. In 1925, she joined the Chicago police force. By last week she had become a veteran and one of the city's best-known cops.

Alice is a brisk, sober, sandy-haired woman, with thin lips and level blue eyes. Even when she was a rookie, fellow cops on the auto-theft detail admired her for her cool nerve. She went anywhere, any time, and she...

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