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ishearteniig Finish of
NEW YORICS Groat White Way
Is mourning tho passing of an
othor of tho spenders it made
famous. This tlmo It Is Byron L.
Chandler, one of tho most notorious
of them oil, who has met the lno
Now York's Great Whlto "Way la
mourning because It feels chagrined.
It has boon taken In bo often by theso
millionaires' sons, who cut a very
wldo swath for a brief while, earn a
nickname, marry a chorus girl, aro
brought to task by tholr parents who
bold tho pursestrlngs, and then blow
up, that It Is beginning to question
whethor it docs not soli Itself a llttlo
Tho case of Byron Chandler Is
This young "millionaire" was tho
eon of a Now Hampshire banker.
Ho finished his courso at Hnrrard
end then started to distinguish him
self ns n Broadway spender. All ho
over attempted to earn was a nick
name, and In a very ehort whllo ho
acquired that Broadway dubbed
nlm tho "Millionaire Kid."
Now, after a few yoars notorloty,
young Chandler has gone tho way of
all spenders, and has wound up his
glittering careor by joining tho
Alimony Brigade Ho has been di
rected to pay Graco La Ituo, tho
actress, whom he married, $50 a week
alimony and $600 counsel fees to
caablo her to press tho suit which
sho has brougnt against nrm for a
separation. Ho claims that he has
no Income of his own.
Tho Groat White Way la beginning
to wondor whether ho was ever en
titled to tho nlcknamo of tho "Mil
lionaire Kid," and Is deploring tho
publicity it gave him. Flourishing as
It does upon Buckcrs, tho Groat Whlto
Way hates, above nil things, to bo
trcntcd as a suckor. and those mil
lionaire kids who blow up after a
brlof reign aro beginning to get on
its nerves. Tho Groat Whlto Way
hates a quitter.
Logically, of courso, tho outcome Is
tho Chandler caso Is the Inevitable
climax of every such career. Tho
greater tho spender tho shorter tho
reign, and the Great Whlto Way
really has no right to feel oggrlovod
How Byron Chandler Earned His Reputation
SON of a New Hampshire banker, went from Harvard ten years
ago for a gay time In Parlo cost, $9,000 In a few months.
Left a fortune by his grandfather, began his Broadway, New
York career as the "Millionaire Kid" champion spender of the
"Gay White Way."
Left another million by his grandmother renewed enthusiasm
for the Broadway white lights.
Sued for $23,000 by the mother of Mlu Alloa Booth, of his
New Hampshire home town.
8ued for $100,000 by Joan Sawyer, actress charge, breach of
promise of marriage. Already married to Grace 8techer.
Divorced by Graco Stecher-Chandlor reported married to
Grace La Rue.
Reported killed In an automobile accident In France.
Always In the front row when Graco La Rue sang In the
''Follies of 1908."
Married to Grace' La Rue, divorced wife of Charles H. Burke,
an actor. '
Goes to England and sets up aa coaohlng rival of Alfred Van
derbllt beats his London-Brighton record.
Fined for attempt to Import a $5,000 Japanese dog Into Eng
land without a permit.
Left In London by Grace La Rue, who says he la "not an Ideal
His wife causes hla arrest so he won't run away whllo ahe sues
Divorced millions vanished supported by hla mother. In
cluding counsel tees and 50 per week alimony.
Byron Chandler, the Famous
Broadway "Spender" the
Latest to Join The
Millions for Fun, hut
Not One Cent
Graco La Hue, tho Famous
Actress Whose Divorce Pro
ceedings Against Byron Chand
ler Have Revealed
that lta victims who spend tho most
last the shortest time.
Tho chorus girls and actresses
who nhlno for a brlof while In tho
reflocted light of these young spend
ors might tako theso facts to heart,
too. Bo many of them have loarnod
to their cost that tho oandlo which
burns thobrlghtest is consumed the
fastest, that one would think that
the glided youth who acnttorn his
patrimony along tho Great Whlto
Way would havo to travol alone.
As a matter of fact, however,
chorus girls and actresses do almost
Invariably fall willing victims In aU
these cases, and it is usually through
their awakening that tho end of tho
spendthrift's career Is first revealod
through dlvorco proceedings.
2 iHaSlflHB ifiPB 1 ''M Mr. Chandler Driving an Auto Bus Through London One of tho
S fjjBHffv&i ' will vflf Pranks That Gave Him His Reputation.
at Auteuil in the Happy "Millionaire" Days. BflK ;f fo'lv 'IsEB
Miss La Rue and Mr. Chandler
Looking back over the last dozen
years or so one finds 6Corcs of In
stances to provo that Broadway
spenders don't last Sooner or later,
usually sooner, tho gooso that lays
the golden eggs peters out and the
spender's name Is merely nn unsavory
Perhaps tho most conspicuous case
of tho kind was that of young Ray
mond Belmont, eon of August Bel
mont, who earned a more or less
"respected" name as h spender along
Ihe Great Whlto Way, married Ethel
Lorraine, tho actress, ran into a snag
when parcntnl objections arose, was
sued for a separation and Is now pay
More spectacular was tho hlstoYy
of young Roy Pierce, son of Henry
Clay Pierce, tho millionaire petroleum
king. Young Pierce cut a big tlgure
nlong tho Great Whlto Way for a
while. Then ho married Betty Chap
man, of whom his father didn't ap
prove, and supplies were cut off. Tho
Great Whlto Wny suffered because
the spending ceased, Mm. Pierce suf
fered because tho marriage was an
nulled, and the prestige of the
spender, in general, suffered, because
once again Broadway's faith In the
species was shattered.
Halsey Corwln, tho Brooklyn heir,
who married tho beautiful Roberta
Mcngcs and squandered several suc
cessive fortunes within a year or
two on Broadway, was another ox-
Jars. Betty Chapman Thomas When She Was Mrs. R0y Pierce. amp, ot the BPendor who doesn't
the Daughter-in-Law of the Standard Old Millionaire la8t In a few year8 ho w" r!duc'5d
to comparative poverty, being com
pelled to tako a ftfteen-dollar-a-week
position ns a tlcketchopper in a mov
ing picture show.
Then thero was Tommy Franklin
Manvllle, Jr., son of another million
aire, who hit the high places along
Broadway and married a show girl
named Florence Huber. Every kind
of Influence was brought to bear on
the young fellow to renounce his
actress wife. Pnpn Manvllle offered
tho young woman fifty thousand dol.
lnrs to retire gracefully from tho
sceno, but tho gold was indignantly
rejected. Tlwn annulment proceed
Ab far as the Great Whlto Way is
concerned, however, the history of all
these cases is tho same. Whethor
the marriage contracted by the
spender Is annulled or not, or sepa
ration or dlvorco follows for lack of
pecuniary support, tho fact remains
that tho spendthrift's career on
Broadway ends. Sometimes Broad
way itself bleeds the young fellow
dry. Sometimes the pursestrlngs are
cut "at tho source," to use an Income
tax phrase. However It happens,
Broadway Is beginning to reallzo that
sponders don't last, and the passing
of Byron Chandler, the "Millionaire
Kid," has brought homo the realiza
tion very emphatically.
Through the young man's mother It
now transpires that sho hns boon al
lowing her son $500 n month. This
allowance, she points out, she might
stop at any time " - 'lb -
of AnnthoT- it
Spender" Whose Divorce Revealed His
rowed $25,000 from her in nddltlon.
she claims, which he had used In
starring his wife, but, more signifi
cant than nil, is tho statement that
tho "millions" which young Byron
Chandler is credited with having
lavished on Broadway comprised
$25,000 which he received from hla
grandmother's estate and $30,000
which he got from his father's estate.
If a young fellow can become a
"Millionaire Kid" on $75,000, what
distinction la thero left for a real,
live spender? That's what Broadwav
ic asking itself these dog days
Why You Should Not
Obey Your Baby
ANY persons who are domineering and Insist
on having their own way were trained as
babies in theso dlsagreable traits.
An infant Is generally a centre of attraction In"
the family. This Is ospoclally true among the well-to-do
and the rich, where only ono or two babies tc
a household Is the rule.
Tho fact that among the wealthy and those whoso,
tlmo is dovotod to social and sporting Interests, the
baby is carod for and amused by paid nurses instead
of tho mother, Is the tho principal cause for its arro
gance, selfishness ahd expectation of obdienco from
others as It grows to adult ago.
To keep the baby amused, to obey Its slightest
whims, to permit It to have its own way in all things
right or wrong, is the asiest way for the nurse, and
Incidentally for tho parents. When the Infant Is
brought to its mothr, tho family circle, or to be
admired by friends, its specific signals, its series of
demands, aro Immediately complied with it Is an
Tho brain cells are at this early age capable oC
great receptivity. Tho fibres connecting tho va
rious brain centres are sensatlve to the kind of mes
sages sent over them. They will accept wrong im-
presslons as quickly is right ones. Hence, if trained
to demand without considering tho rights of others,
if developed bo as not to under
stand or be capable of control-
Ing desires, whims and impulses,
as an adult such a person really
does not comprehend why
ho or she Is disliked, why quar
rels ensue, why those who will
not obey their slightest de
mands, appear rude, vulgar add
of another class.
It Is tho child who should 1e
mado to obey; not the mother
or nurse. But it Is generally
the baby who does all the order
ing about. Through a few years
ot this unchained expression of
demands, through the accept
ance of gottlng what it wants by
simple will, tho infant secures aj
hi una uij, uecuuiuB imensinea
senso of all powerfullnoss, which as
Hence wo havo a steady increase of tho arrogant, demanding person
who will not bo denied, and If so turns his hands against his fellow men
who, solf-rospecttng. working, Insists upon maintaining his personal rlghti
and dignity. A girl brought up to havo every pout or cry mean that she
must and will havo her own way, will either make an obedient slave of
her husband or. if he is a man with pith and backbone, demand divorce
This is tho condition which it at the bottom of so many marital troubles
among tho non-workers.
Birth and Inherited wealth do not necessarily destroy fellow feellnc
nor a full appreciation of the rights of others, but, bending the supplian
knee to the will of tho baby, obeying every signal, cry and explosion o
temper, does make for those antisocial persons, the arrogant and da
maudlng woman and the man who cannot control his evil Impulses.
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