The Scar of Shame

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     FOREWORD
  ENVIRONMENT --
 Surroundings, --
Childhood training and 
companions often is the 
deciding factor in our 
lives. -- It shapes our
destinies and guides our
ambitions. -- If early in
life some knowing, lov-
ing hand, lights the
lamp of knowledge and
with tender care keeps
it burning, then our
course will run true 'til
the end of our useful 
time on this earth, but,
if that lamp should fail
through lack of tender
care, through lack of
loving hands to feed its
hungry flame -- then
will come sorrow and
      SHAME!

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Just about the end 
 of the luncheon 
hour at Mrs. Lucre-
tia Green's select
  boarding house.

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Alvin Hillyard, a
  young man of re-
fined tastes, a lover
of music and the
finer things in life.

   ... Harry Henderson

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Eddie Blake, a pro-
 duct of evil envi-
ronment and whose
music is not of the
same school.
  ... Norman Johnstone

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"That's the kind of music 
 for me! The roll of a pair 
  of well trained bones!"

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Lucretia Green, who 
 treats her guests
with as much love
and care as she would 
her children.
      .... Ann Kennedy

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One half the world
 doesn't know how
the other half lives.

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Louise Howard, a Rose 
  of Sharon, whose
music was all discords.
    .... Lucia Lynn Moses

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Day dreams.

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"Spike" Howard, her
  step-father, who
had his own ideas of 
life.
   .... William E. Pettus

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"This is another instance 
 of the injustices some of
 the women of our race
 are constantly subjected 
 to, mainly through lack
  of knowledge of the 
  higher aims in life."

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"Please! -- Please! --
 Don't send me back
 to him -- He'll kill me!"

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"There, there, child! I
 won't let you go back
 to that brute. I guess
   I can manage to
   keep you here."

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"Spike, I've warned you 
 more than once, never
 to light matches around
 that cheap jump-steady
      you drink!"

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"Naw! -- you got me
 wrong, -- I was com-
 in' around the corner
 and the trolley car --"

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"Hot puppy! That trolley
 car sure swung a mean
 fist! -- Come on in, you
 look like you need a
        bracer!"

17
"You may occupy this 
 room, honey, and in 
 return you can help 
 me around the house."

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"That's Mr. Hillyard 
 playing. -- Some day 
 he will be the lead-
 ing composer of our 
       race."

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"Spike, how's that daugh-
 ter of your's? -- I ain't
 seen her in a couple of 
 weeks, -- that baby is
 sure gettin' to be a swell 
         looker!"

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"Why don't you let her 
 work for me 'stead of 
 ruinin' her looks over 
        a tub."

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"I'll get her some glad 
 rags, learn her to be
 an entertainer, you
 won't have to worry
 'bout no miss-meal-
 cramps, and I'll make
    a lot of dough!"

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That evening, just 
 before the supper 
       hour.

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"What's Spike's daughter 
      doin' here?"

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"Where's old lady Green?"

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"Come on out in the hall,
 I got somethin' to say to
 you, and I don't want
 that old dame buttin'
          in!"

26
"Aw, come on, -- I ain't
    gonna hurt you!"

27
"Lissen baby, you're
 just breakin' your old
 pappy's heart, you'd
 better go back to 
       him --"

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"I was just tryin' to get
 her back to her old
 pappy. You ain't got
 no right to keep her
   away from him!"

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"I'm wise to you, big
 boy, you're just tryin'
 to make her your-
      self --!"

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"You dirty dog! I'll teach
   you to have more re-
   spect for our women!"

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"Get your things and 
 leave my house im-
 mediately! I don't
 want your kind here!"

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"I am sorry, Mrs. Green,
 to have been the cause 
 of your losing a guest."

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"Lay offa her, Eddie, I ain't
 treated her right, and all
 because of that lousy
 booze of yours, when I
 get full of that, I don't
  know what I'm doin'!"

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"Oh why, why can't he
 leave me in peace -- if
 this keeps up -- I'll --
  I'll -- kill myself!"

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"He wouldn't molest 
 you any longer --
       if --"

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"-- if -- you were
  -- my wife --"

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"-- will -- you --
    marry me?"

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And so we turn the 
pages of the book 
of time until three 
months have passed.

39
"You let her marry that 
 sap, and now you ex-
 pect me to be your 
 licker ticket -- Go to 
        Hell!"

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"All right! I'll give you a
 drink, but from now on,
 you do what I tell you!"

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"You're goin' to help me 
 get the gal away from 
 that simp, then we'll blow 
 this dump, beat it for a 
 live town, open a swell 
 cabaret, and with her 
 looks and my brains we'll
         clean up!"

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"I'll drive to Morton and 
 send the fake telegram, 
 he'll beat it right for his 
 mother, and it's ten to 
 one he won't take her,
 and that's where we 
       come in!"

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The next morning, 
    at Morton.

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"Dear, I cannot take 
 you with me, I've 
 never told mother of 
    our marriage."

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"You don't understand
 -- Caste is one of the
 things mother is very
 determined about --
 and you -- don't be-
   long to our set!"

46
"You go watch the 
 house and let me 
 know the minute 
   he leaves."

47
"Poor little thing! You
 too had to be a vic-
    tim of caste!"

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"The old lady always
 goes shoppin' about
 three o'clock, so
 Louise'll be alone in
     the house!"

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"Mother! -- How is she?"

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"Why, Mr. Alvin! -- She's
 out of town, visiting 
        friends!"

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"I've been tricked!"

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"I'm not goin' through
 with this Eddie - she's 
 better off where she 
 is, than with a rat like 
          you!"

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"I'll go in the front --
 you duck around the 
 back, if she gets too 
 tough I'll drag her
 down the fire escape!"

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"Where you goin'?"

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"Baby, -- my offer still
 holds good, give this
 dicty sap you're
 hooked up to, the air
 and come with me to
 a live town and we'll
    make some real
       money!"

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"And where do I come 
     in on this?"

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"Fifty-fifty on the take!"

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"Okay, boy friend --
 but remember this is
 STRICTLY a business
 proposition, so don't
  start by getting
     familiar!"

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"Hold still! -- The pair
        of you!"

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Two years later. The
 Club Lido, rendez-
vous of the smart set.

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With a cozy gambling 
 den, where stakes 
    are high --

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-- and morals not so 
       strict --

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-- presided over 
      by --

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Eddie's many years 
of training in "the
racket" makes these
nightly pastimes of 
poker quite profitable.

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Ralph Hathaway, a
lawyer with strong
political power - spon-
sor and protector of
the club.
  .... Lawrence Chenault

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While in a place not 
  quite so gay --

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Six months later, Alvin,
 posing under an as-
sumed name, in a dis-
tant city, aided by race
ambition, has establish-
ed himself in a lavishly
appointed studio, as a
   teacher of music.

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Alice Hathaway, his
star pupil and very 
much in love with him.
  .... Pearl McCormack

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The memory of his
 past and the know-
ledge that he is an 
escaped convict keeps
Alvin from speaking 
out his heart to this 
        girl.

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And so, Alvin, torn
 between his love
for Alice and the
memory of his past,
is living a daily lie.

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"It's for your father!"

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"We're making a little
 'Whoopee' to-night, so
   be sure and come 
     down early!"

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"I may be home late,
 so don't wait up for
         me."

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The Whoopee Party
at the Club Lido.

75
"A gentleman left this 
 note and said that it is 
 very urgent that Mr. 
 Hathaway gets it at 
        once!"

76
"Dear, you won't mind
 dropping in at the Club 
 Lido on your way 
 home and giving this 
     to father?"

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"You won't stay at that 
 horrible club too long,
    will you, dear?"

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"Louise, may I present
 Mr. Arthur Jones, my
 future son-in-law?"

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"Well! Mr. Alvin Hillyard,
 so YOU are the para-
 gon of a son-in-law-
 to-be, we heard so much 
         about!"

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"Louise! -- Please! --
  For God's sake --!"

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"Have no fear MISTER
 JONES, -- I won't ex-
 pose you -- if you do
 as I say -- MY -- ex-
       husband!"

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"Don't try to vamp him, 
 Louise, remember, he
 is my future son-in-
         law!"

83
"Get rid of the old man 
     and come back!"

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"Louise! What you ask 
  is impossible--!"

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"Perhaps, you would 
 rather go back to 
      prison!"

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"Very well, -- I'll come
       -- back!"

87
"Louise, this situation is 
 unbearable, please let
  me go -- forget me!"

88
"No! I won't let you go!
 I love you, Alvin! -- I
 have always loved you,
 and now I am going to 
       hold you!"

89
"Alvin! -- Alvin! --
 Don't go! -- Don't
   leave me --!"

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"Deliver this to Mr. 
 Hathaway at once!"

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"God, forgive me!"

92
"The letter -- Hurry 
 with it! -- You can't 
   help me -- now!"

93
"Alice, I have a confes-
 sion to make -- upon 
 which depends our 
 future happiness!"

94
"A child of environment!
 -- If she had the proper 
 training, if she had been 
 taught the finer things 
 in life, the higher aims,
 the higher hopes, she 
 would not be lying cold 
 in death! -- Oh! our
 people have much to
        learn!"

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"I know the TRUTH,
 my son, and she,
 poor soul -- is dead!"

THE END

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