The Feminine Theatre Usher

Issue 15 and Volume 69.

The Feminine Theatre Usher A recent questionnaire sent to all fire marshals of the states inquiring their opinion as to the employment of women as ushers in theatres and other places of amusement resulted in eighty-five per cent of the replies being against the practice. The ground on which the various state fire marshals took this stand is that in case of fire panic in the theatre the women are unreliable and would not be able to restrain the mad rush of the crowd to reach the exits and also that women are more apt to lose their heads in an emergency than men. The fire department in Chicago has also taken this position officially against the employment of the female usher. All things being equal, this stand is probably a wise one, but with it must go the proviso that the men employed be of an age to exercise…

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