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fished and camped; she told stories with the best of them, and
she did not flinch when the talk grew strong. She even chewed
tobacco." Girls began to fall in love with the good-looking boy
at an early period, and she frequently boasted of her feminine
conquests; with one girl who worshipped her there was a question
of marriage. On account of lack of education she was restricted
to manual labor, and she often chose hard work. At one time she
became a boiler-maker's apprentice, wielding a hammer and driving
in hot rivets. Here she was very popular and became local
secretary of the International Brotherhood of Boiler-makers. In
physical development she was now somewhat of an athlete. "She
could outrun any of her friends on a sprint; she could kick
higher, play baseball, and throw the ball overhand like a man,
and she was fond of football. As a wrestler she could throw most
of the club members." The physician who examined her for an
insurance policy remarked: "You are a fine specimen of physical
manhood, young fellow. Take good care of yourself." Finally, in a
moment of weakness, she admitted her sex and returned to the
garments of womanhood.
In London, in 1912, a servant-girl of 23 was charged in the Acton
Police Court with being "disorderly and masquerading," having
assumed man's clothes and living with another girl, taller and
more handsome than herself, as husband and wife. She had had
slight brain trouble as a child, and was very intelligent, with a
too active brain; in her spare time she had written stories for
magazines. The two girls became attached through doing Christian
social work together in their spare time, and resolved to live as
husband and wife to prevent any young man from coming forward.
The "husband" became a plumber's mate, and displayed some skill
at fisticuffs when at length discovered by the "wife's" brother.
Hence her appearance in the Police Court. Both girls were sent
back to their friends, and situations found for them as
day-servants. But as they remained devoted to each other
arrangements were made for them to live together.
Another case that may be mentioned is that of Cora Anderson, "the
man-woman of Milwaukee," who posed for thirteen years as a man,
and during that period lived with two women as her wives without
her disguise being penetrated. (Her "Confessions" were published
in the _Day Book_ of Chicago during May, 1914.)
It would be easy to bring forward other cases. A few instances of
marriage between women will be found in the _Alienist and
Neurologist_, Nov., 1902, p. 497. In all such cases more or less
fraud has been exercised. I know of one case, probably unique, in
which the ceremony was gone through without any deception on any
side: a congenitally inverted Englishwoman of distinguished
intellectual ability, now dead, was attached to the wife of a
clergyman, who, in full cognizance of all the facts of the case,
privately married the two ladies in his own church.
When they still retain female garments, these usually show some traits of
masculine simplicity, and there is nearly always a disdain for the petty
feminine artifices of the toilet. Even when this is not obvious, there are
all sorts of instinctive gestures and habits which may suggest to female
acquaintances the remark that such a person "ought to have been a man."
The brusque, energetic movements, the attitude of the arms, the direct
speech, the inflexions of the voice, the masculine straightforwardness and
sense of honor, and especially the attitude toward men, free from any
suggestion either of shyness or audacity, will often suggest the
underlying psychic abnormality to a keen observer.
In the habits not only is there frequently a pronounced taste for smoking
cigarettes, often found in quite feminine women, but also a decided taste
and toleration for cigars. There is also a dislike and sometimes
incapacity for needlework and other domestic occupations, while there is
often some capacity for athletics.
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