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SILK HAT HARRY'S DIVORCE SUIT
Judge Rumhauser Demands Order
Vopriglit, E'12, National News Association
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By DOROTHY DIX.
Not Idiir ago I had an Interview with J 'Believe me.
a diKttosuished jurist who tries 0 many
iljvorro tus that he 1 known as the
"Dlvon-e Judge." In rpcukin? of the
v. - -? i. -
many cause? of
I hat led people
lntrj his court this
wise ' am! kindly
"hi niy opinion,
one of the chief
cause of friction
b I w e e n h u s
liajids and wires
l tlx Indefinite-,
iiers . of the. bar
gain - they make
when they ' get
married, and I be
lieve that nothing
wouUI do more to
than an lnonbound
t outran, written
out In resounding legal phras by a law
ycr, that both, parties would be required
lo slim before taking out a license to
"Must people have to havo .thins vu
tiallied before, them, and the fact that
they had contracted to perform . certain
opacified duties and to respect certain
obligations by name would make -hem
a thousandfold more binding on th ordi
nary man and woman than l 0" mar
riage ceremony, which haa an air of deal
ing with glittering generalities ,
"For. Instance, a man promises, 'with all
my worldly goods 1 thee enduw' when he
marries his wife, but It doesn't make him
feel that he has get to hand her over a
regular allowance of money half as much
aa It would If he bad algned a definite
contract to give her ten dollars a week.
A woman swears at the altar to iuve,
honor aad obey' her husband, but that
doesn't keep her from henpecklng him
nearly as much as It would If she had
signed a contract not to deliver curtain
lectures every time he was an hour late
for dinner, or wanted to go downtown to
hoe a man at nlKht.
"Marriage Is the most Important thing
In the world to both men and women.
Nothing else that they undertake lias
such far rvarlttng consequences to It. In
nothing o Is it so vital that they shsll
make no mistake of Judgimnl and that
they shall etu'eguaid every point, yet
there la no oihcr step In lift that people
take so bllndi;. and with so little regard
"If two men wajited to go into part
nership they would look up each other'a
racorda;''tliry would find out how much
money each hail and what credit, and
they would mak. a definite arrangement
ticforeliand about what work each was
to do and what part of the profits each
was to have. Noluing would be left to
chance; and they wouid- start out at least
on a good working basis.
"iiut when a man and woman enter
Into tbe most important partnership In
the world they don't take the trouble to
find out a thine about ea-h other, nor
to settle what tacb Is to do. nor what
each la to expect from the other, nor
what part of the irof:ts of the firm each
is to receive. Is it any wondrr that so
many matrimonial firms thus loosely or
ganised end in bankruptcy?
the marriage contract Is
the remedy for the dtverce evil. People
will object on the ground that It does
away with romance, but there Isn't much
romance left, anyway, after five years of
matrimony, and there would be a deal of
comfort In a home where the husband
and wife were both living up to the bar
gain they had made before they were
I feel sure that the "Divorce Judge" Is
right, and that nothing would do more
to Insure domestic peace and happiness
than for a man and a woman to have a
definite understanding before they were
married as to the dutlea and obligations
they were undertaking.
For example, there la nothing that there
Is quite as much friction about In the
average household as there Is about
money. The majority of men refuse to
give their wives any regular allowance.
and the women writhe and chafe under
the Injustice that makes them have to go
like beggars to their husbands for every
cent they need for household expenses.
All of this could ee avoided If there had
been marriage contract In which It waa
specifically stated What pan or ma in
come a man should hand over to his wife.
, The In-law problem i another con
tinual source of discord". The wife rebels
at having her huaband's mother under
her roof. The husband fumes and frets
at having his wlfe'a mother poking hr
nose Into his affaire. All of this trouble
could be avoided If the marriage contract
stated. that neither party would have to
live with the other'a family and that fam
ily visits were to have a lime limit upon
personal liberty, that boon dearest to
the heart of humanity and which Is gen
erally sacrificed In matrimony, might
also be secured by a contract which
would state In black and white that both
the husband and wife retained the right
to their own Individual religion and pol
itics and to eierrlee the privilege of eat
ing what they liked, and of having an
occasional evening off. A very liberal
contract might even go farther and
specify that each one secured to himself
the privilege of taking a vacation irom
matrimony every now and then.
Certainly a man has a right to have
it written In his contract that hl wife
shall keep a neat homo and set well pre
pared food before hhn, and not force him
to live In boarding houses or hotels, and
the woman has a right to hold out tor a
pay envelope for her services and not be
expected lo work for her board a
clothes. Also she has a right to stlplate
that her husband shall treat her with as
much politeness and consideration SB he
would If she were not his wife.
Undoubtedly the thing that mates
matrimony so often a failure Is Its blight
tng disappointment when one finds that
the husband or wife falls so far short of
one's expectations. If the men knew be
forehand that the wife he waa marry
ing hated children, that she would not
keep house, that she waa selfish and ex
travagant; If the woman knew that the
man waa stingy and boorish and would
lead her a sorry dance, bow few weddings
there would be.
The merit of the marriage contract Is
that It would at least prepare a couple
for what they were about to receive and
give them a chance to back out It the
provisions were not to their liking.
Mars and Pleiades
lSy GAKRETT P. BEBVISS.
bid you see Usrs last night, in bis f He will hot stsy long; he Is plodding
red panoply, close beside the white-robed j on in the path mhlch the sun prescribes
IMeladea? if you ild you will aot n-ed I ,or hl, tni ln d,' " wl" m
to be told to look a: thst shrht lAniuh. I"' n,ve ,tf n frightened Pleiades bo
und if you did iii
ou will be tU'i.
after putting it into
practise that some
body , thought of
giving ou so good
a bit of advke. It
is an astronomical
tip, worth jnore
than a tickes-bas-ketfuU
It is a 1con in
cosmical ' perspec
tlve. Xart, looking,
so big. fantastical
and fiery, ss only a
few tens of millions
ot miles from us:
bit the timid, glim-
! hlnI him. but they may laugh at his
I snail's pace and acorn his pretty orbit,
j for they are arcing together a flock ot
suns On a course so tremendous that
raa'bTnaiJcs give no measure of It. and
ut a distance from our l'ne sun so enor
mous thai, though tbe speed of the.r
fl'.gl.t uould make the swiftest cannon
ball opp-ar to be standing stork still,
yet age after age elapses and still they
are e?n In the lame part of the sl;y
wiiere t hey shone when the astronomers
of old Egypt cut a slit through the great
pyramid to match them.
Mars is the enigma of our little family
of worlds, punting us with his ruddy
face and his enow-while caps and his
Juggling with the cobwebs called "can
als;" and the Pleiades are the enigma of
the whole universe, amazing the greatest
minds with their tneomprehensive whirls
hi ring, sister stars, which seem to shrink of fire mist, and their ecintillant rosrs of
awar from him. half obecured by his stars strung upon lines of glowing nebula,
warlike Masonry, sre untold millions of ; trillions of miles in length,
millions of mile away in soundless space, "If the stars should appear w,t nigi:'.
and If he were actually as near them as . in a thousand years how men would he
he haia the look of being the faintest j lleve and adore, and preserve for many
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By KOIIOTHV DIX.
A rler)gman has promulgated a deca
logue for girls. Ilia first commandment
Is, "Make a confidant for your mothur.
Tills Is good advice, and It girls re
ligiously kept this
they might woll do
without the other
nine, for very few
girls would ever get
Into trouble If they
were In the habit
of having a heart-to-heart
Ihelr mothers over
their little affairs.
however. Is that the
average girl doesn't
confide In h e r
couldn't do It to
save her lite. There
la no other woman
In I lie world she
la so shy with as
her own mother. There la no stranger
to whom she could not more freely apeak
her real thoughts, and before whose eyes
she eofcld net more easily fetch forth for
display her little secret hopes, and plana
and aspirations ana affections.
' Nor la there any: other girl In the circle
nf her acquaintance with whom tlve
mother I so little really acquainted as
lib la with . her own daughter. Bhe
knows more about the girl next door. Bhe
la en term of a closer Intimacy with the
girl Acroe the street. All ah really
knows of what her own daughter la
thinking and feeling .la what ah gathers
from th teasing remarks of th other
Why Is this? Mother ssvs It's the
daughter's fault, and she's bitter about
It. Khe says thai nobody ever loved
their daughter better than she does hrrs.
or wss better to one. Im points to the
sacrifices) thst she haa made for the girl,
and Ihen says It's pretty bard that daugh
ler doesn't confide In her.
No doubt, but confidence between people
Isn't a matter of right and duty. It's the
result of a spiritual correspondence and
a comradenlilp that makes you want to
be babble that makes everything complete
until you have turned It over and talked
It over with another. All girls have
Ilils Impulse. It la what makea having
an 'Intimate friend." as Kmray, you said,
an absolute necessity to them, and if
mother hasn't been foxy enough to estab
lish herself In the position ot "Intimate
friend.' It a her own fault.
Before blaming the girl because sha
doesn't confide In you. mother, supppnse
you try to look at the matter from her
standpoint. Of course, you and I know
that j our motives are the purest, and
that all of your admonitions to her. and
your criticisms of her, are Just the re
sult ot your ovsr desire for her to be
perfect and make no mistakes. But this
Is about the way It works out. Mamie
comes Joyously Into ths room and throws
herself down on a couch, flhs Is bubbling
over with some plan, but before she can
spssk you begin:
"K'r goodness sske. Mamie, won't you
ever Inarn to enter a room like a lady'
Why cn"t you come In quietly, without
banging the doors? Do sit up. and draw
your feet in; don't stick 'em out like a
hoodlum. And hold your shoulders ba k.
You'ro gating to be a regular bumpba k.
Is that gum you're chewing? How often
have I told you thst It's the most unre
fined thing to do? Whet's that you're
reading? 1 don't se why you waste your
time on trash when there are so tnsny
really Improving hooks. Where- have you
ben? To Bessy Thompson? You know
I disapprove of lu-r because she's so
silly and flighty. And who was that came
home with you? Hobby Burnett-well.
I should 11 1 think a girl like yvu would
aate her time on a great big lumbering
foot ball player like he Is. Now, don't
bour.ee out of the room. If your own
mother can't talk tu you 1 don't know
who can. Hut you've never got a word to
say at home. I'd never even know half
you did If It wasn't for the neighbors."
iH) ou think that line of conversation
Is llk.-ly to rstal.ll.h a confidential foot
ing between mother and daughter? Yet It
Is the way ninety-nine mothers out of to
talk to their girls.
The truth la thst In the minds of the
maVirity of (Tlrla mother figures only as
a killjoy. ,he is tbe veto power. ha la
th critic on the hearth, and they don't
confide In ber for tbe same rewson you
don't put a tender plant out in a tem
perature of ? degrees below sero. Yon
don't want your little hopes and plans
nipped in the bud. If Mamie knows that
mother is going to raise a thousand ob
jections to every froth, no-matter hoe;
Innocent and foolish, she uaturally
doesn t tell mother until after It la ever
I -and then It Is often tragically too late.
Then there are Mamie's beaux, callow
. voung ho s who bring her hooka home
If nun school, and shamefaced!) come to
lak bar to irat dance, and who hang
around the house. Or, perhaps, they doo t
come to the house at all, and Manas
meets them at the street corns rs. Mother
knows nothing alwut them, aor what
Mamie thinks of them, and ah blame
Mamie for not confiding In her, but how
ran the girl get courage to tell her mother
lluu sha haa a queer, choky feeling aad
geta hot and pale when Tommy so much
aa touches her hand, or that ah feels
that she'd like to go off and die when
Dirk dances with another girl, when
mother makea fun of Dick's big feet and
laughs at the way that Tommy's wrists
protrude from hie coat sleeves?
The staple of wit In many families Is
SI anil and her beaux, yet mother woaj
der why It is that Mamie never tall
her anything about her love afatlrs. '-'
It la generally supposed that there la
a close bond ot gynpathy between moot
ers and daughter. Aa a matter of fact.
mothen are curiously unsrmpataetla to
their daughtar unless the girls happen tu
he exactly like . them In temperament.
Mut ot th ututullful daughter you bear
about at merely girl who want t fol
low their own tastea Instead ot their
That la why eertoua minded Jane canvt
tell ber mother, .who think that faahtct
la th chief end of wo roan's life. About
her settlement work, and why frivolous
Kitty runs off and Join th chorus In
stead of confiding In mother, who ehlet
Interest Is mission work, that aha aspired
to her career. . '.. - .
Undoubtedly It I the greatest pity in
th world that glrla don't aonftd la their
mother. But before they do mother wlH
havs to learn not to be such wet blankets
a they are now; also they will bar to
learn to ho chums with thai daughters
Instead of critic ot them. Non of lis
r irresistibly drawn to tell things
people who Invariably all down on them;
" Wltat was leu of ihe greatest men tnt
ever lived, Ueorge?" asked th Maaleur
"Are you talking to me?" snorted th
Head Barber. "I thought that everybody
waa sick and tired of that dope, J. ln, t
read anything else for three, or ton
month. What good la It arguing bout
which men waa great and which waa
minor leaguer? All of th names that w e
picked out I the name of ssea that waa
dead a long time ago, and eve If w
pick their names that don't get thenl
"I was only mentioning It because I got
a funny letter this morning.'' ex pi ai sod
th Manicure Lady. "It waa letter from
on of them suffragettes, and It gave a
list of th ten worst men that ever lived
end ten of th best women. Her In not
of th name ah gave, Oeorg: '
"Herod, Cam. Henry th Ktghtb. Nero,
Caligula, Benedict Arnold, Guy Fawka.
Jeese James and George, th Head Bar
"I don't Ilk lo b In with a lot of
pikers,'' objected th Head Barber, "if
they had put ma In with regular bad
men like 8t. Peter, J. Isoarlot, Rev.
Klcheson and men like that, I would glory
In my ahamr. The others ax only pikers.
Nero wa supposed to be a tough guy.
but I'll bet that If he wa living, now he
wouldh I bow to Rev. Klrboaon If he saw
him on the street. He wouldn't how be
cause ha would be Jealous."
"She named ten ot the beat wooten. too,
ileorge, a 1 waa saying," th Maosrar
Lady went on. "she named Kve. Joan of
Arc, Florence Nightingale, Franoea Wll
lard, 1-ady Oodlva. Carrie Nation. Mrs.
rankhurst. Mary Queen of Scots, Queen
Victoria and Lillian KusselL"-
"It listens Ilka a good list to ms." said
the Head Barber, "although I never met
any of them except Lillian, and 1 only
met ber once, when I went down to her
home to shave one of ber husbands. But
them la grand names, from all that I have
read aboht them. 1 might snatch Carrie
Nation and lira Pankhurst, but the rest
of the lajout meets with my sincere ap
proving, aa the posts say. l
"Some ot thWs day 1 am going to get
up a list of great people regardless of
their seg or hnperrtoua conditions, anw
when 1 read It toyou 1 would like ta
bet that you agr with me. I ain't sure;
Just what name I win put Into th list.
I will try to ring in your brother, Wil
fred, If that will do htm any good, bag
th rest of the name I ain't decided j
yt." - : .
If you put my brother, Wilfred. In."
declared the Manipar Lady, "th poo
bay will be that daffy with the new tha
he won't go to work for a month, and;
then how will I get the money he owe
an? leave him etau Oeorge. for my
rake. It you moat tats one ot ar fam
ily, take the -d gent. He! may apt b
truly big. but he had truly big i
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