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Pat’s Tavern by Thomas J. CraneA New Girlfriend?I was riding my bicycle down Woodlawn Avenue when I was about 14 or 15 years old and I happened to see a pretty young blonde girl sitting on her front porch. When I waved, she waved back and so I rode my bicycle up on the sidewalk towards the porch. We then talked for awhile and I asked her for her name and she gave it to me. I was quite impressed by her and told her that I would stop by again the next day as she said that it was time for her to go inside. As promised, there she was sitting on the porch the next day. I gathered enough courage to go up the stairs and sit with her. After a while she once again told me that it was time for her to go inside. This went on for a couple more days and then I asked her if she would allow me to take her to the movie theater sometime and she replied that she could not go with me. I was quite disappointed, but at the same time I realized that there were a number of strict and over-protective parents living in Woodlawn. The next time that I rode past her house, she was not there or the next day either. I was quite perplexed and gathered enough nerve to go up the stairs and knock on the door. A matronly looking woman answered the door and as I looked past her, I could see some other girls moving around in the background. When I asked for my newly discovered girlfriend by name, the woman replied, “She’s gone! She was sent back to where she came from!” I was stunned and with that, the woman abruptly shut the door. My later inquires around the neighborhood led me to discover that I had happened upon what was a home for wayward young girls. So much for love at a young age.23

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