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The Washington Herald
October 6, 1913

Stranded with Car and No Money, She Becomes "Chaperone-Chauffeuse."

New York, Oct. 5.—The newsest means of livelihood has been happily hit upon by a bright New York woman who terms herself a "chaperone-chaffeuse." According to her story, when the necessity of choosing an occupartion arose, she had no capital save her clothes and her auto.

So fond was she of her car that, in thinking of waps and means of keeping it, she conceived the idea of making it pay for itself. The idea of chaperoning school girls, young women, and out-of-town parties in shopping and helping them in whatever connections a car might be useful met with immediate reponse and her services were in such demand that the very first month she cleared $500.

Naturally other lines of service were found from time to time and now she has a busy and well-paid staff of highly intelligent young women who can not only run a car, but are well informed and tactful, familiar with the shops, tearooms, hotels, and other places of interest, and qualified in every way to be companions to women of culture and means.

She has also developed a busy branch of her business in the furnishing of escorts from the finer class of men for theaters and the cafes, where she arranges with the head waiters for special tables and attention for her clients. Thus the woman living lonely in her apartment or hotel need no longer feel confined by her four walls, for a 'phone call to the chaperone-chauffeuse is as potent as any words of magic to carry her into the midst of Gotham's enchanting gayety.

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