The Sorrows of a Show Girl

Kenneth McGaffey
The Sorrows of a Show Girl - A
Story of the Great

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Title: The Sorrows of a Show Girl
Author: Kenneth McGaffey
Release Date: December 20, 2003 [eBook #10508]
Language: English
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These Stories were originally printed in _The Morning Telegraph_,
New York.


1 Sabrina Discourses Theatrical Conditions
2 The Carrier Pigeon as a Benefit to Humanity
3 Sabrina Receives Money from an Unexpected Source
4 Sabrina Receives Her Fortune and Says Farewell to the Hall
5 Sabrina Visits Her Patents in Emporia, and Shocks that Staid Town
6 Details of How Sabrina Stood Emporia on Edge and was Ejected
7 The Chorus Girls' Union Gave their Annual Ball
8 Sabrina Falls In Love with a Press Agent with Hectic Chatter
9 Sabrina Returns to the Chorus, so that She Can Keep Her Automobile
Without Causing Comment
10 Sabrina and Her Former Room-mate Involved in an Argument at a
Beefsteak Party
11 The Dramatic Possibilities of the "Mangled Doughnut"
12 Sabrina Passes a Few Remarks on Love, Comedians, and Spring
13 Sabrina Scores a Great Personal Success
14 Methods of the House Breakers' Association Disclosed
15 Sabrina Denounces the Male Sex as Being All Alike, and Threatens
to Take the Veil

16 After Investigating the Country Atmosphere Carefully, Sabrina Says
the Only Healthful Ozone is Out of a Champagne Bottle
17 Sabrina Visits the Racetrack and Returns with Money
18 A Pink Whiskered Bark Tries to Convert the Merry-merry
19 Sabrina Advises Chorus Girls, Charging Time for their Company
20 Sabrina is Married and Goes Abroad on Her Wedding Trip

In the following chapters some of Sabrina's remarks are likely to cause
the reader to elevate his eyebrows in suspicion as to her true character.
In order to set myself right with both the public and the vast army of
Sabrinas that add youth and beauty to our stage, and brilliancy and
gaiety to our well known cafes, I wish to say that she is all that she
should be. She is a young lady who, no matter how old she may be,
does not look it. She is always well dressed, perhaps a little in advance
of the fashion, but invariably in good taste. Among strangers or in
public places her conduct is all that could be desired, while with those
of her own set she becomes more familiar and may occasionally lapse
into slang.
Fate may compel her to earn her own living or she may receive an
income from a source that has nothing to do with these stories. Any
person without the circle of theatrical or newspaper life is looked upon
as an interloper by Sabrina and treated accordingly. Hundreds of her
like may be found any evening after the theatre in the cafes and
restaurants of the "wiseacres" known as the "Tenderloin."

In which Sabrina rushes on the scene and begins to discourse
breathlessly on theatrical conditions, boobs that send poetry for
presents, the tribulations of hunting employment, and the outlook for a
New Year's dinner.

"Ain't it appalling," demanded Sabrina, the Show Girl, "ain't it
appalling the way the show game has gone to the morgue this season?
"I never seen nothing like it since I been in the business, and while I
ain't going to flash no family Bible that's been some time. Why, shows
that were making money if they played to thirty-two dollars on the day
just naturally died. Me? You know I wasn't hep to the outlook. I come
prancing into town fresh from doing one-night stands through the
uncultured West. We did bum business for fair, but shucks, there ain't
five dollars' worth of real money in all of Southern Kansas at no time.
Salaries! Huh! I had to send home for money to pay my fines with. I
cavort gaily out to hunt a job and find a line from Mr. Seymour's office
that made the run on the Knickerbocker Trust Company look like the
nightly window sale of 'The Evangelist.' I never seen so many of my
friends in town at one time in
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