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THE BEE. OMAHA. WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 1912.
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Married Life the Third Year
The Engagement of a Friend of Helen's Brings Oat an
'' ' By MABEL HERBERT WOTER.
i' The engagement has been announced of
'jtisaLoalan T. Masoa to Beverly Clay
V;lklni. -MiM Mason la th daughter of
kir. and Mrv William F. Mason of
East Sixty-fourth atreet Mr. Elklna is
a member of aeveral
prominent elub end
la well known la
LoulM Maaon ia
tha papal' to him I Jr
Re read the Item 1" '
la the aoclal col
umn at ha sipped
hie coffee. I 4
mlsht i have dona
better than Beverly
"Do yon know him
voice axpraaeed her Intereat.
"See him occaalonally at the club."
"Don't you like olmT Tell ma eome
thlnc about him.". .-
"Oh. he'a all ii(ht, I fueee, but I
wouldn't have picked blm out for a hue
bind for Loulee Ifaeon." , ,. , ... '
"But he'a Well off. He can take care of
her, can't her Helen aaked the auestlon
heeitatlnily. She alweya reeented the Idea
that money waa an essential part of mar
riage, and yet aha knew toutee would
never be quite happy without the hwurles
to which she had beea railed.
"Tea, t he baa money. Ha way be
a decent enough chap, too. but he was
never popular at the club. You know he
waa mixed up with that Gorman scandal
a couple of years ago."
"Oh. waa that Beverly Elklna r
ti'ied Helen In dismay.
"Thafa the man."
"Do you suppose Louise knows!"
Warren ahrutced hie shoulder. "Sup
pose sha must. If aha reads the papers.
They were full of It there for a while." '
"Just what was It. dear? I've forgotten.
Mrs Gorman shot hlm-dldn't sheT'
"Oh. they faked ap some kind of a
story about, an accident 'or a burglar
at something of the sort. But no one
aver believed It She shot him all right."
''But dear. If be tried to shield her after
she ghot him that was very-fine of him,
wasn't itr - :. .-. ;
"Ob he wanted to hush K up wanted
te keep it out of the courts:
'The whole thing waa pretty unsavory-"
All that day Helen's thoughts were pf
Louisa Mason. She waa an unusually sen
sitive fhrl and Helen could not quite re
concile bar engagement to Beverly El
klna. Ha was a maa at strong personality.
Even from the few times Helen bad met
Mm. aha realised (hat. But- ahe never
quite liked him. He aroused in her
feeling of distrust.
Sha ramaiubsred oner evening aha and
Warren bad sat la the row behind htm
at the theater, and she had been etrack
by sia face la repose- He had a curiously
hard, almost cruel, profile.
The play had been a delightful light
earaedy with many attuauoas of real
humor, and Helen had noticed that not
onoa bad he smiled. Ha sat with folded
arms, with bis somber, unsmiling eyee
fixed, steadily oa the stage. There eeemed
curious brooding primness about htm.
One could easily imagine that then had
beea some great tragedy in his life, which
he waa never quite able to forget
And aow Louise Louise with her light
Joyous, fun-loving, naj lire waa t marry
this man! Helen had never seen her with
blm. and only once bad aha beard her
apeak of him. and that had beea over a
"OK. he'a ao clerical." had been her
comment. I'm almost afraid of his era!
dim. It's so. brilliant and so merdlesa.'
lie lea wondered ia love had mow soft
ened that cynicism, and If It had taken
any of the hard grlmnesa from his face.
When. Warren came heme- that evening
he threw In her lap an evening paper.
Thought the papers would rehash that
old story. Taey've got a whole column to
"About .Loulae'a engagement?"' kraatls-
"About the Gorman
"Oa the second saga there" as Helen
turned hwrrledly through the paper.
It faced her suddenly in bold, star
ring type: v
-BBVKRLT ELKINS TO WED
-Wall-Known Clubmen Who Figured
Frooslaently in the Qorman Scandal
Several Tear Ago to Marry
Miss ' Louise Mason.
"Anamwcement has beea made of the
angaai-ment of Beverly Elktns to Miss
Lonlaa Mason, daughter of Mr-and Mrs.
w. u Masoa of East Blxty-tounh
street Mr. Elklna wUI be remembered aa
ana of the principals In the Oorman case,
which caused so much comment at the
"On September C Hot, ha was found un
conscious la - his di seeing room with a
bullet wound in his chest It was after
ward dlerowred that Mrs. John K. Oor
man had been In his npartment that even
ing. Ha had seat away his valet early In
the afternoon, and It waa not until he re
turned lata that night that the shooting
"When Mr. Elklna recovered conscious
ness In the .hospital, he refused to make
any atatement beyond that he had no
knowledge of how or by whom he had
been shot He claimed he was standing
by tha table bin dressing room when
he heard shots behind him. and as ha
turned a ahot was fired, but that he had
not seen his assailant
' "This story, of course, waa not believed.
It waa evident that ha was trying to
shield Mrs. Oorman. Ha denied that Mrs.
Oorman had been In his apartments that
evening or at any other time, but the
police found a package of her letters
among his effects which belled this state
ment. It was thought at first that the
wound waa a mortal one. but after a
tedloue Ulneea Elklna recovered.
"Shortly afterward Oorman sued for a
divorce. But aa Elklna waa In -Europe
ha could hot he made to appear. The
trial waa a long and sensational one."
"Oh, dear, that's dreadful!" and Helen
let the paper fall to the floor. "That will
almost kilt Louise! Do you suppose they
will let her see ft!" . ,
'Don't aee how. they can help It Pretty
hard to keep papers away from any one
"But what cruel thing to write up Just
now and she's so sensitive to nubile opinion!"
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"Then she oughtn't to mairy a man like
Beverly Blsrine." -
"But dear, if ahe loves him"
"Then If she lovea him enough It
shouldn't make any difference. Don't
suppose Elklna la much worse than a
lat of other man. - Only his escapade hap
pened to get out" And, wl(h an air of
dismissing tha subject he took up the
paper and turned to tha stack market
Helen got out her' mending basket an$
for a long time sewed In alienee, her
thoughts still on Louis. ';.U length she
"Dear, waa Mrs. Oorman a vary beauti
"Bolleve so. Never sen- her."
"And what became of her?"
Warren shrugged hla shoulders.
"You suppose she really loved him?"
Another and mora Impatient Shrug.
Again Helen aewed on In silence. Sha
felt strangely depressed. She could not
keep her thoughts from this tragedy.
Evan after her marriage the memory of
bow her husband baa bean involved with
this other woman went Id flwaya hang
Then sha thought at the many other
Vivea whose complete happiness tn their
husbands' love was marred by sems such
knowledge. The newspapers wsra daily
full of slinliar arandals wlilrh affected
the haupineas of some home.
And there came to Helen a audden rush
of gratefulness that at least nothing like
this had ever touched her Ue. - With lie
sweet and complete trust that wee auoh
a beautiful part of her love, sha believed
absolutely that Warren's life before his
marriage Was aa clras as It bad been
lidding to one -ef her swift Impulses,
she dropped her sswlng end going behind
Warren's chair. 'leaned 'over and rested
her tips s gal net his hair a caress to
Which he was so accustomed that he did
not trouble to look up. ,
Why a Good Woman Gigs to a Bad
Man Woman's Ruling Passion is
a Desire to Reform Some One
By DOROTHY DIX.
Why do graoeltss good-for-nothings
eera to have a peculiar fascination for
women? Why will a wtfa cling to some
worthless, drunken reprobate of a non
head with a devotion that aothsng can
lessen, while sha
will get up and
leave far a trtval
oauea a perfectly
upright and worthy
man wha la a good
provider? , Why la
tha black sheep In
variably mother e
dsrllng among all
To answer these
questions we have
to go back to tha
Harden of Eden
and our first
mother, who risked
Paradise' te ' find
out about wicked
things she had no
business knowing. Tha same curiosity
about forbidden things la still rsmpant In
every Innocent and Ignorant feminine
breast, and the man who h reputed to be
wild and lawlesa still fires her fancy
t, tha serpent did Eve's. became ha
rspreeents . to ber tha world of things
wnosf doors are closed to her.
, Heaven knows that. In reality, there la
nothing reoMntie la tha d run hard, or tha
I ambler, or the roue, er the ae'sr-de
well. He' a sordid enough figure te sny
who look at blm with clear eyas, but the
Imagination at foolish womsn make of
hla vices a prince's cloak to wrap him In,
and turn hie weaknesses and shtftless-
nee la high spirits. Literally ao good.
The Amateur and the Professional
By Nell Brinkley
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And AH for the Ske of Yaoit.
honest. Industrious,' every sort of a maa.
can compete In a woman's favor with a
scamp, and no man kaa so potent a way
of wooing as ha who has the story of a
dark and sinister past to tell.
And. curiously enough, the better tlta
woman tha worse she likes tha man to
be. That la why estate so often marry
villain. The woman who has seen muob
of th world, and who knowa that pasta .
have a way of coming home to roost, and ';, y
that there la nothing romantlo or dashing
about a man who comes staggering "'" 1
slang, fuddled , wiih drink,, or who
gambles away tha grocery moaey, pleka
out a good, clean thrifty man when sha
mauls a husband. But tha unsophisti
cated woman, who knows nothing of tha . :
realities of life, talis a vletiuiyto the
blandishment of tha sea an p.
Of course, tn explanation of why wemea
seem to have a peculiar mania for loving
unworthy man. It may be said that the
black sheep very elten has graces and
charms of personality . that hla white
brother lacks. It la a truism that Tioa
la generally mors attractive then virtue,
and all of ua know from personal ex
perience how much mora lovable certain
people are who have nothing but their
faults to recommend them, than certain
oilier people wha are models of ail the
W hart alt seen soma men wha was
light In tha church, an example tn the
conunuaity, the very pattern ef probity. -and
honesty, a man whoa wife rode la
her automobile, and had .a Una house,
sod rich olothlng, and everything aapar
ently that tha heart at woman could
desire, die. and leave a widow who made
narcely a pretence ef regretting him.
Such spectacles make ua marvel at tha
illogio of women, and say that a man
has small encouragement to go auaight.
or to work hla finger to tha bona, sup
porting a wife. If he expects her to love
him In proportion for what be Is. or does
far her. Tha answer la that love len t a
matter of volition, and tha man who -glvea
hie wife sympathy and tnarieraeaa v -sometimes
gives her asora than ha who
gives his wits aeaiakina and diamonds.
Another reason why black sheep have a '
fascination far womea la because tha rul- -'.
lag passion with the sex is reforaaatloo.
No woman, can see anything, or anybody,. '
without a consuming desire to make '. 7
them over according to bar awa way. -
The man who I already walking In - -th
trlght and narrow path offers email
opportunity tor the exercise at tha ptea--f,"
sures ef reformation. The most Ma wife " '
can hops to do la to make him eat hla -C
hair another way. and buy another etyle - I
of collar, and let her pick out hie neck
ties; but the drunkard, or tha gambler,
er the man with a past ia like a free r
ticket to a picnic to ber. - vi
Sha baa a vision of altering hla entire
manner of life, weaning him away from " .
aa of big former associate, quenching i
hie thirst, curing the Itch of hla fingers
far tha pasteboards, blinding him to all
other women, and leading him up to the
higher Use. daring all of which proceed
lag sha I having the time of ber life.
That la way, wben a bad maa make a '
little. Ignorant uneaphlctlcated girl hla
soother eonfeseor. and tells ber that ha
aaly needs her influence to make him'
another man, that la all over except .
sending out the wedding cards.
Still soother, aad tha crucial reason,
why women love scamps ia tba eternal '
mother love that at at the bottom ef -
every wosaaa'a heart, and that Is tha - ,
guiding implnsa. Women may admire .
strength In a man. hot the weakness - -makee
an appeal la tha Very core of their-"
being that strength never does. They may -'
raver tba man who stands alone. Ilka a ;
rock against tha storm, who has the . ,
ability to achieve and command, but they' '
take th soor dereHot at Bfe. wind beaten,'.' ' '
broken, helpless, la their arms, aad bid
his shame upon their breasta
They may glory tn the triumphs of the ";
successful man. but it b) the failure who . ;v,:
cornea limping boms defeated for whomi
they make a crown sat at their tender
aess and pity. - -'
Because e needs ber love mora than, v j
her strong; clever, healthy children, the
mother loves beat the one that hr steady.
or deformed, or feeble minded. Because
be needs bar patience and ber love most
the mother loves ber wayward son most
Because all other have turned away
from him and be baa ao other home, aha
keeps the light burning In tha window
for tha prodigal, aad has tha warmest
welcome for him when be comes creeping
back In raga and tatters.
God gave to women this divine) power
ef torgtvneas, this fountain of leva that
flows the mora tha more it is drawn upon
this brooding tenderness that takes ha
and Shelters all the weak and erring.
And seen may veil thank God that It
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