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Divorce and Murder
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We are all agreed that the divorce evil
Is a very great evil Indeed. an1 that It
I a terrible thing for a home to he
brok n up and the little children In It to
tie cast out upon
the world half or
phaned, deprived of
rlther a mother'!)
or a father's wlso
But while we
we must not lose
sight of the fact
that It Is the
lesser of two evlla,
and that If there
were no divorce
thero would be
iBinii a man and a
together In fetters
that they can break
by no process of
law and they will cut them If they have
to uae the knife of the assassin with
which to do It.
Make It so a woman cannot free her
self from the brute who mistreats her,
and some day she will turn , Lucretla
Borgia and poison him. Tie the woman
he has come to hate like the festering
corpse of a dead love about a man's
neck, and there will surely come a time
when In somo access of fury and revolt
he will slay her.
As long aa humanity Is built as It Is,
divorce Is the greatest preventive of
murder among the mlsmated.
Aa proof of this we have the two trage
dies, both double murders, that are now
engaging the public attention, and both
of which were Innocently caused by
wives who refused to divorce their hus
bands. The first case is that of Ida Sniffen
Walters, with whom lyorlys Klton UogorH,
a married man, fell in love. This couple
established a home together. They had
children. Thej lived on the hope that
Hogers' wife, knowing of her husband
Infidelity and this second establishment,
would divorce him to permit him to
marry the woman he loved and legitima
tize their children.
Mrs. Rogers refused to divorce her hus
band, and when Ida Sniffen Walters un
derstood that the man she had sacrificed
so much for never would be free to
marry her and to give their children a
name, in a moment of mad despair she
killed the children and attempted to take
her own life.
The other case is that of Hiram Craig,
who a few days ago murdered a young
girl. Miss Reeves, with whom he was
infatuated, and killed another woman
who tried to protect her.
It seems that seven years ago Craig
fell In love with this girl, and had aban
doned his family for her. He wanted to
marry the young woman, but Ms wife
would not hear of a divorce. She knew
of his relationship with the other woman,
but she forgave and endured meekly, as
the anti-divorce theories tell im that
woman should do under the clrcum
stances. Finally the gltTa conscience awoke, or
some glimmering of common aense made
her perceive how Idiotic is the woman who
wastes all of her youth and beauty on a
married man, or some other man caught
ner wandering fancy, and she wrote to
Craig that she would have nothing more
to do with him.
Mad with Jealousy, the middle-aged
Lothario rushed to her boarding place.
and after a soene full of bitter recrimina
tion he killed the girl and a woman who
sought to Interfere between them, and
then shot himself.
Neither of these murders would have
been committed if the men who had tired
of their wives and had falljsi In love with
with other wemen could hAye gotten
divorces. Weak anj unmoral as Craig
and Ida Sniffen Walters are. tliry are
not murderers at heart. They were driven
to frenzy by the filiation in which they
found themselves, and out ot which
the was no gate except that of divorce
sfnd that Bate wa barred to Ihm.
Those two rises and there are many
others niinilnr ti them ral.te a very in
teresting ethical .question, odd that Is
whether a wi.'e does right cr wrong to
hold her htitihand when he lias ceased to
love her and does love another woman
and wants to b set 'ree.
Of eourse a woman may he connin
tioualy opposed to divorce She may be
lieve that the marrla.ge ti in unbreak
able no matter how much it gets frayed
and worn or how weak it is and -;wer-less
to hold the man. She may think it
a wire duty to forgive a h"svanJ's ulde
utepping even wnen .le doesn't want to
be forgiven, and. lelkv'?ij: thla she may
hold It a noble thing to refuse to give
him a divorce, even though sho is fcrving
him down deeper Into the mire ot a de
spicable life and trelr.g the crown .if
shame on another woman s brow and
making helpless llttV children outcasts
That In one side of the story. The
other sidt Is that noliody ean say that a
woman should hand over her husband to
any other, woman who happens to an.
hlm. The neglected wlf- Is not blnmeJ
If she takes her revenge by refusing to
give her husband a divorce nn1 per n't
him to put her rival la her pl:ce.
It is a curious h,uo of the divorce
problem, and ono worth considering, be
cause It shows one thing clearly, ar d
that Is that If we make divorce impos
sible we shall make murJer common.
AN IDEA which was introduced in the late Winter
models and which is being extensively used on the early
spring models is the peplum on the tailor suit coat. It can
be long or short, full, or extremely so, to suit the figure
of the wearer. Patent leather belts with "pouch pockets"
are a smart novelty.
Read it Here See it at the Movies.
I i&p&rfr I x Vi
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Birds as Clever Architects
How the Crested Cassique Builds to Foil Its Enemies
I5y special arrangement for this paper a
photo-drama corresponding to the Install
ments oi "Runaway June" may now be
seen at (he leading moving picture the
aters. By arrangement made with the
Mutual Film corporation it la not only
p. sible to read "Runaway June" each
day, but also afterward to see moving
pictures Illustrating our story.
(Copyright, 1916, by Serial Pulbtcatton
suffered. Their love would be all the
stronger for It, and It would be pure al
ways. Could she have seen Ned at that mo
ment all her theories and all her deduc
tions would have taken swift flight, and
the would have bathed with her tears
the swollen wrist which he had Just
freed from the rough rope that had
To Be Continued Tomorrow.
One of the smartest American-made
and American-modelled tall leu r suits
shown at one of the best known Fifth
avenue shops Is of blue gabardine, which
has practically supplanted the serge, dear
to the heart of the French woman, and
which In lis infinite variety of weave
or rather texture is certainly a most
In the picture above the suit la a
serviceable little early spring model
modea't in design, as our ultra fashion
ables would have their Lenten garments',
but withal -a chic that ia undeniable. It
Introduces tho full peplum under a belt
of patent leather with little side leather
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"military" now so necessary.
The akirt is full actually voluminous
at tho hem but so cut as to give an out
line to the hips. A' little hint to the
would-be wearer of tho new full skirts
they must be more carefully cut and
considered than tho coats, if that be
possible, for a full skirt In these very
modern days means a skirt still with a
suggestion of "llgne."
With this little frock Is worn a blouse
of marqulHette. embrnldcred and with
two hand-hemstitched overlapping "wing
The hat is of black Milan atraw with
a smart double white wing at the back
"pouch pockets" which suggest the Jauntily perched to one side.
By GARRKTT P. SKRVISS.
The Interested visitor to the American
Museum of Natural History In Central
1'ark West, will spend a long time among
the bird, and the more he studies them
the mole amused he will be by the
beauties, and what he cannot but regard
sn the Ingenuities of tho winged InhaV
Itants of the earth. I-3vcrythtng that they
(lo may be guided by Instinct and not by
reasoning Intelligence, hut the result, in
many cases, aripeara to lie just about
hat the intellect of man would hare
produced, If placed amid similar elrrum
stancea and furnished with similarly re
Take, for InMance, the little hanglns.
village constructed in the branches of a
tropical tree by the birds called crested
casatquns, a South American species, re
lated to our beautiful Baltimore oriole,
which alt.o constructs a tanging nest.
The nests of the cassique (or cacique, for
tho name Is a copy of that given by the
Spaniards to the Indian chiefs), are often
a yatd or more In length, constructed of
strips of bark and long grasses Intricately
Interwoven Into the form of an old
fashioned money prrse, such aa our
grandfathers used to carry. These nests,
which would make purses for Oulllver's
giants, are suspended from the tips of
twigs at the ends of pendulous branches,
and their purpose Is clear at a glance.
loing at full speed the cassique ean un
erringly enler the aperture In his hang
In Its native country the bird, lis eggs
and Its young are exposed to the attack
of monkeys and of aerpents. To escape
these persecutors It doss the very thing
that we should no doubt do In a similar
situation. It accomplishes In a reverse
way what the farmer does when ho
wishes to project his corn against the In
roads of rata aid squirrels. The farmer
sets his cornerlp up o(i stilts and puts a
tin pan upside down In top of each stilt
In order that tho climbing marauders
may he arrested by an Insurmountable ab
straction Just when they thing that the
prlxo la theirs.
The cassique has to look out about
Instead of below for enemies, and ao he
hangs his crib, or nest, at the end of a
long, slender, tremulous branch, and, If
possible, over tho water so that his
prowling foe may not only be defeated,
but exposod In addition to a ducking.
Tho casait'iue, as I have aald, Is related
to the orioles. Ilia color la sometimes all
black and sometimes black relieved with
yellow, red, brown or green, Mr. Bate
In his travels In South America met the
cassique under the name of the "japlm."
In the neighborhood of Para, and he lik
ened It to the English magpie. "It has light
grey eyea," he says, "which give It the
same knowing expression that the mag
pie has." He describes the entrances to
the tiects aa being near the bottom, but
In the museum you will see some of the
birds sitting In openings about halt way
up to the top.
It is deacrlbud, aa a noisy and Imitative
bird, capable ot mimicking barnyard
fowls, and very active, continually flying
to and fro, and keeping up a great chat
tering. Its nests sometime encircle a
tree on all sides, when It Is favorably
placed, nnd are at no great height above
tbe ground, which Is another circum
stance that might be credited to the
shrewd intelligence of the bird, since by
going too high It would plane Itself more
completely at the merry of Ha climbing
Here Is a fact concerning this question
of animal Intelligence which Is worth
thinking about. Among savago tribes,
for Instance among the American Indiana,
some bird or other animal, is often re-
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A Colony of Crested CassiquoH and Their Nests ns Seen in thi
American Museum of Natural History
garded not merely aa a general symbol
or type of wisdom, but Individually aa a
peraonage of more than human shrewd
ness and experience. It la certainly good
testimony to the excellence of the ways
of animals in dealing with the dangers
and difficulties of Ufa when a human
avage asks advice. In a light place, from
"his father the beaver," or some othei
animal whose Ingenuity has awakened
his admiration and awe. ,
It la sometimes pointed out as an in
dication ot an essential difference between
human and animal Intelligence that the
snlmals keep on for endless generations
doing things the .same way. But there
are inxtances on record In which animals
have varied their methods to accord with
new conditions, while on the otlier hand,
where trlbos and races of men have re
nfalned undisturbed by foreign Innova
tions for many centuries, they have led
their lives and constructed their home
according to a plan as unvarying as that
followed by the builders of the hanging
Advice to Lovelorn
Dear Miss Fairfax: I am 18 years old.
Previous to this year I've been away at
a boarding school, but nuw I've reached
tho age where my parents will permit me
to go out. How can I make myself
popular. Aa a rule I am fairly well
liked, but am rather homely. Uoea thut
cause unpopularity? Which Is the beat
way for a girl to act Independent and
cool or Just natural? M. (1.
Don't assume an attitude of independ
ent coolness. .That Is not at all a love
able type of womanhood to strive to be.
Be natural and try to augment what you
feel Is a lack of physical attraction by a
manner of sweet cordiality. Above all,
don't permit yourself to be at all af
fected. That Is far from admlrablo and
will win you ridicule where natural Sim
plicity will make friends.
Married Womaa as a Wage Karaer
Iear MIfs Fslrftx: Is there any shame
or hurm to a woman to work after site
is married? I mean Just for awhile to
a-t lunula straightened up. .Have a nice
position snd wouldn't know what to do
at home all alone anyway.-
A CONSTANT READKH.
Married women are mora and mora
coming to see the wisdom ot working and
helping their husbands bear the financial
burdens. Keep on working and try to lay
up something fur a rainy day.
CHAPTER 11. Continued.)
June was already halfway up the stairs.
She turned. Mrs. Villard, without a
word, fallowed her. Side by side the two
women ftood looking at the man and the
loir. Mrs. Villard needed no explanation,
to tell her what had happened. For the
first time in her married life she gave
way to anger.
"You beast!" she cried, her cheeks
s.arlct and her eyes flashing. "This is
I he last' I warned you to leave this girl
alon"! I hate you! I could see you torn
to shreds! Go on. Bouncer!"
Tho coille crouched at June's feet.
The man rose cautiously,
you forget!" husked the man. 'W"e
have a bargain!"
Mrs. Villard lowered her eyes for a
it la broken!" she suddenly flared.
"You have paid me well, and I have
served you well! But we wore not to In
terfere with each other's life! You have
Interfered with mine! I am through!"
8he stripped her hands of her ringa and
threw tliem at him. She swept from the
room, followed by June an3 Bouncer.
They heard the man telephoning for his I
raeer at a nearby garage, and wblle Mrs. I
Villard was still packing her clothing her j
husband came along the hall. He stopied I
at the door. j
"I don't think you will find thut your
new line of rwork will pay you as well as
being my wife." the man snarled.
Mrs. Villard sprang to the door anJ
closed It In his face, and Villard laughed
"Ha Is a beast!" 'said Mrs. Villard and
sat down, as If she wished to say r.ame,
thing more. There was the nound of
wheels at the door. Mrs. Villard sud
denly burled her face In her lisnds and
June left her sobbing and .went to pack
lier own apparel.
Money! Again June was face to face '
with another angle of this eternal prob
lem, which, It seemed to her, had com
plicated the entire relationship of men
snd women. Mrs. Villard had plainly
and palpably sold herself, and the price
! never great enough for any woman
who has done that. Always in June's
rapidly widening observation the man
gave and the woman received, and her
very dependence made the question of
matrimony one of essential barter and
sale. It was wrong. It rtestroyed the
ry source and fount of love. Was
there no remeily? June, shaken though
rhr was by her painful experience in the
n'oriing, wss strengthened in her on
resolve. The airawer to the, problem was
(nil. (. ndence. even though i.e nnfrcrrd I
iu the attainment of it. even then;
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