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CHAPTER III I GO TO PERU AS A "GIRL-DIPLOMAT" T HAVE always thought
that my refusal to become JL "Mrs. Policeman" must have been an
exceedingly tactful one, for though I remained in the Western town
for some time after the police off1cer so chivalrously offered me
his lifelong protection, he continued to be my friend and champion
during my midnight walks from the office to my boarding-house, and
I never missed his cheery " Good evenin', little reporter!" till I
left the city to travel thousands of miles away, to become what the
members of the staff were pleased to call a "girl-diplomat." This
was during the administration of President Harrison. One day when I
was getting up my society notes I received a letter from a
Wisconsin editor saying that some months before he had got a note
from me asking for a position of any sort on the staff of his
newspaper. This, I should state, was written to him while I was
employed in the wholesale grocer's establishment, and before I had
got my first article published in the Daily Hustler. The Wisconsin
gentleman now informed me that though he had been unable to give me
a place on his paper, he had kept me in mind, and that having been
appointed to go to Peru as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister
Plenipotentiary, he wished to know if I would accept a post as
secretary. I immediately telegraphed back "Yes." Loud and hearty
indeed were the congratulations showered upon me by the editors and
reporters; and what " write-ups " they gave me, to be sure! " Our
Girl - Diplomat!" " The Administration Takes the Pick of Our Staff!
"?that was the way they headed the columns they published about me,
along with my photograph. Then hundreds of other papers, throughout
the East and the West and the North and the South, sounded my fame
and praises; so it was w...
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