Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, September 29, 1912, SOCIETY, Image 21
Omaha Sunday B Copyright, 1S12, by the Star Company. Great Britain Rights Reserved. How a Clerk in a Real Estate Office Won His Wealthy Bride by Fairy Tales of Wealth and Family, and the Sad Sequel I? j'- , ll1 -A'V - 111 peasant's son disguised as the Prince i 1 i II I fSv iTWk ' Jml , VY Tfefts-1 II ' of Como. In the drama of love and . 'A 1 V I H ' I, w t XJfr.Vr ' g-... well authenticated rumors, of this I -tr :mni II I. WIS- Jiiir3 - ' 1 fashion: Ml C V. f " - I "Darling Helen, after the first of I 'A rKMf . I ..Less mmm "T- - - rostra for her hand. Mrs. KIrkman stead lly refuses to see him and at famll and friendly conferences the matter of the annulment of the marriage is considered. In the play the despised bride groom goes to war and returns a general, in real life the real estate employe is dolefully and not very successfully going about his duties, caring little whether customers buy bungalows or not. He bangs his head as he passes his sister's abode or not, In the play of the Lady of Lyons relents and goes back to her brUfgruom. In the plas the Lady of Manhattan says with every sign of truth . that she hates him and never wants to see him again. Claude Melnotte was in his bride's eyes handsome In his uniform of a general. George KIrk man, now that his becoming white flannels must be laid aside, looks oddly shrunken and countrified, his bride thinks, when he comes to the city apartment to ring the bell, but is never admitted. It wns the Lady of Lyons's first marriage. 'Twas the lady of Man hattan's second. Walter Phelps Dodge, author, law yer and son of a millionaire, wedded her, but took back his gifts of dia monds and laces to her, because he eald, his first wife's spirit came to his bedside and demanded them. The bride fled in fright and secured 'a divorce on the grounds of spiritual cruelty In the Pennsylvania courts. , She was recuperating by the sea from the sliock of this unhappy marriago when Claude Melnotte 11. began hi ill-starred wooing. Mrs. Helen Steck-Dodge-Kirkman the New Lady of Lyons. I J some enterprising theatrical pro ducer were to put on "The Lady of Lyons," Lord Lytton'a famous drama, the most appropriate person to take the title role wouLd be Helen Steck Dodge KIrkman. Indeed, the unfortunate Helen has played the part so well and so faith fully that as a result she may now be found In her fashionable New York apartment nursing her wrongs and poulticing her pride. For this modern Lady of Lyons has a pride as great as that of the original Lady of Lyons. She has a beauty as bewitching. , And a mind as credulous. 1 And relatives as relentless. Her awakening from dreams of honor and affluence is as bitter. And all has come about in Just the same way and through the same mo tive. The heartbroken Lady of Lyons and her counterpart, the equally heartbroken Lady of Manhattan, had suitors who loved well but not truthfully, and who erected homes for their brides which neither their bank accounts nor the facts justi fied. The young men builded airy and unsubstantial structures to daz zle the maids of their hearts. And when the maids discovered that they had been deceived they did precisely the same thing. Both went straight home to mamma. Helen Steck Dodge Is the Pauline Deschapelle of this second drama of the Lady of Lyons, daughter of Ed win Steck, the Pennsylvania opera tor of coal mines, and who is affil iated with the Pennsylvania Kail road, she has lived in as handsome a home in Germantown as the haughty and beautifnl Pauline in Lyons. To them both came wooers. Claude Melnotte, the peasant lover In the play by Lord Lytton, described: A palace lifting to eternal Summer , Its marble walls from out a glossy Dower. The wooing by George KIrkman. the employe of a real estate firm at Interlaken, -N.-J., was less poetical bat aulte as fervid as that of the peasant's son disguised as the Prince of Como, In the drama of love and disappointment. It was, according to well authenticated rumors, of this fashion: "Darling Helen, after the first of August I shall be a member of the firm and will be able to take care of you as luxuriously as you are in your mothers' home. Come with me to-morrow to call at our home. My mother Is away but my sister will be delighted to receive you." Next day he escorted the lovely girl who looked so charming In her Summer gown of pale pink batiste and her broad-brimmed hat that drooped, heavy with its weight of pink roses, about her face, to call at his home. "There It is,", he said as they turned a corner and came upon one of the most attractive bungalows in the seaside city. It was as nearly palatial as a bungalow can be, stretching half way idown the block, its square brown outlines and huge piazza crowded with swinging couches, gay hammocks and easy chairs, suggesting all the luxuries of the Summer home of wealth in a mood of relaxation. They sauntered past it that the Lady of Manhattan might better view its breadth and the effect of the awnings that spread green as the boughs of a giant shade tree at the windows. "She is entertaining guests, but it doesn't matter. Come on," and with his fingers resting daintily beneath her elbow the pair mounted the steps and were greeted pleasantly by a young woman who rose at sight of them and came forward with a smile. "Mrs. Steck Dodge Mrs. Blank." Young Mr. KIrkman, in his white flannels, sat silent but smiling. When they sauntered back to the hotel where she was staying with her mother Claude Melnotte II. said : "And now, darling, since you've met my family, why not be married at once?" "I would, George dear, only I am afraid mamma would not be pleased." "Iiet's be married first and tell her nf t&rwtrtls An afternoon spin with her sister and the sister's admirer, a New York broker, had become a dally institu tion. Mrs. Steck, complaining of a headache, told the quartette to get on as best they could without a chaperon that afternoon and dark ened her room, sought her smelling salts, and fell asleep. While mam mas nap, girls elope. Mrs. Steck's younger daughter did not elope, but leaving her sister and the New York broker on some pretext for a half hour they went to aclergyman and were married. . When Mrs. Steck awoke she faced startling news and a new son-in-law. She cried a little, as mothers do at weddings, or when news of wed dings is. suddenly broken to them, but the new-made bride comforted ' her with little pats and kisses and tnis logic: "Mamma darling, you know I am only twenty and entitled to another chance for happiness. After I mar ried Walter Phelps Dodge and was George Kirkman, the Second Claude driVen out by his spook wife I de- Melnotte, Did Moat of Hi Wooing ?f, V ! termined to marry a young man next wme to marry ror love. Mrs. Steck, who is a fond indul gent mother, dried her eyes, kissed her daughter and said : , "Well dear, I hope you will be happy. And George does seem a nice boy. Of course, you met him on the hotel piazza and without an Introduction, but now, since you've met his family" Soon after, Mrs. Steck and her elder daughter returned to their apartment near the park and River side Drive. The honeymoon of the Lady of Manhattan began. It lasted for three days. At the end of that time there was an eclipse of the honeymoon. At least it was hidden by a storm of tears. The bride hurried back to New York. She rushed Into her mother's apartment, flung herself upon her breast and burst Into tears. "Mamma," she sobbed, "I have married an Impostor. That lovely girl wasn't his sister at all. And he hasn't any m-money; hardly a tent. We went to a miserable little room, like a cell, In an inn. There wasn't any bath room. Oh, it was dreadful!" "If she wasn't his sister who was she? Helen dear, are you mad?" ... "Yes, I am, mamma, but not in the way you mean. When I asked him why his sister didn't call he said It was a Joke. I went to see her and she said, 'Yes, I had never met him but once before, when his firm was selling me the place. I wondered at the time why he xjalled.' I asked him why he lied about his Income, making it out to be several times larger than it was. and he said: 'A man's got a right to lie to a woman when he's making love to her. All's fair in love.' Then, mamma, I came in Borrowed Automobile. Here He la with Mrs. Steck-Dodge. ifXi " y te -I i mm 1 straight home and I'm never going back to him. I hate him." George KIrkman followed his bride to the city and tried to see her. He saw, instead, her mother and sister. "We are sorry, but Helen won't see you," they said. He went away and telephoned her. Her replies over the public communicator were in effect the angry words of Pauline to her new-made lord: ' "This is my bridal home and thou my bridegroom! 0 fool, O dupe, O wretch! I see it - . all. - The. bride's family- sent detectives to - Asbnry . Park to make Inquiries about the in truder. One de tective report ed that' his , father, who was dead, had once been a shoestring peddler, that h i s mother I kept a board i n g house. Whether these were true or not, tJiey flung the bride into an abyss of hysterics. Claude Melnotte had the grace to be sorry for his victim. Said the peasant's son: "Thy father's arms shall take thee to thy home. The law shall do thee justice, and restore Tby right to bless another with thy love. The young real estate clerk 'and errand man, less noble than the poet, rages in Jealousy. He fancies every man to whom his twenty-year-old bride used to bow prettily Is a suitor mm 0h, the vision she had on the porch as he talked. Auto and castles and every thing ' money could buy floated around her in talk. Bubbles, bubbles that burst at last with a bang!"