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Heiress, Tired of Papa's
Social Pugilism and
Preaching, Able to "Knock
Him Oat in Five Rounds
Any Way," Picks Oat for
Husband the Heir to the
Duke Tobacco Millions,
Who Isn't a Bit Like
Mr. Angler Dtike, Whom M
Biddle Will Marry.
Mr. James Duke, the Lone
Aunt of Mr. Angier, Who
Tried 10 Hard to Marry.
Him into European -Ariitocracy.
.ID the BlddW of Fhlladel-
phla come over In the
MayflowerT" once asked en
cwestrlcken beholder of their gloves
at a Philadelphia assembly ball.
"Oh, .' my dear," answered -the-tbocked
listener, "nothing to parve
nu. It was the ark, at least."
Which anecdote elves a faint as to .
the interest the engagement of Mies
Cordelia Diddle, the beautiful young ,
daughter of A. J. Dreiel Biddle, to'
Angier Duke, the heir to be tobacco
millions 'of Benjamin M. Duke, la.
causing in Philadelphia just now.
Altogether young Mr. Duke will In
herit about 150,000,000 and has for,
years been stalked by well nigh .
every ambitious mamma in America.
Betides, he was the subject of a
special foreign campaign by his
charming aunt, Mrs. James 'Duke,
who took him abroad with the earnest
Intention of marrying him into one
of the noblest families. ' Young Mr.
Duke, however,' wouldn't have it.'
Not that Philadelphia thinks It at all strange that
young Mr. Duke paused up princesses and duchesses
and things' like that for little Miss Biddle. Far from itl -,Tbey
only wonder how little Miss Biddle could bend
so far as to take up a mere Duke even with fifty
Just why she did it furnishes Uie title to this in
teresting romance, and proves to us that although some
trees are bent as the twig is Inclined, there are othriy
twigs that get so tired of being Inclined that they Justv
go ahead and bend entirely different Little Miss
Biddle, to tell the truth, picked out Mr. Duke because .
he ,was totally unlike "Papa Tony," and, presumably
because as Mrs. Duke she wouldn't have the same inter
esting but curious environment she has known ever
since she was a baby.
Now. Just as there is no family higher than the mid
dle of the pedestal' on which stand the Biddies of Phila
delphia, so among the Biddies there Is none Blddler
than the A. J. Drexel Diddles. The only thing that has
distressed fashionable society there is that Mr. A. J.
Drexel Biddle, or "Tony,", as he Is called, has never
been content to go on in be time honored ancient .
manner of the Biddies,. and of Philadelphia.
Hirst of ail, be blossomed out as a real pugilist. Not
an amateur, but a very capable one. Jack UcAuliffe
was his sparring partner, but Bob FlUslmmons and
other giants of the ring put the gloves on with him. He
bulit a special gymnasium in his home, and fitted It up
with a fighting ling de luxe. The Biddle home swarmed
on boxing days with pugilists snd trainers. It amated
Mrs, Biddle and the fashionables for a time terribly.
It was do hard for Mrs. Biddle to be carrying on a real
social function with the latest pet poet Tecltlng verses
to a daisy, say, and to have the reading, punctuated by
tfce sound of body blows from the gymnasium and shouts .
of 'That was a corker. Tony!" "Soak him in the solar,"
etc.. etc. Finally, Indeed, Mrs. Biddle put her toot
down snd there were no more prise fights in the ex
clusive Biddle mansion.'
But, besides being a fine pugllllat Mr. Biddle is deeply
Interested In Christianity lie runs a Sunday-school
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class every Sunday. Some of his best
boxers have corns from It, This also
provided a curious atmosphere for
little Miss Biddle. Finally, Mr. Bid
dle Joined the ranks of the Billy Bun
layers. 'On January 2, last year, ha
declared forever for tee to tall am, an- .
nounced there was more punch la a
glass of milk than In a glass ot
whiskey, and turned bis wine cellar
literally out Into the ,gutter.
"Tears ago," said Mr. Biddle, "I
drank a quart of rum a day. Never
again!" . ,
And exclusive Walnut street panvd
while , Mr. Biddle' s servants brought
out bottle' after bottle of flue wines
and let the contents of the bottles
How down the gutter.
All this seems to be more about
Mr. Biddle than bis adorable daugh
ter, but it is necessary to show that
what Miss Biddle apparently found
a trifle oppressive.
It has been said that young Mr. Duke successfully
resisted many onslaughta on his heart Equally, Miss
Biddle was not easily won. Mr. Duke, with all his
millions and his prestige, found the winning of "Tony"
Blddle's daughter an arduous task. His rivals were as
thick ss blackberries in Summer, but fortunately for
him, he happened to fill the specifications that Miss
Biddle had drawn up two years ago as to what she
thought her husband should be.
And these specifications are the crux ot the romance
which Is of such Interest to society at home and abroad.
Now we begin to see why the little sketch of Mr.
Biddle was necessary. Little Miss Biddle was brougnt
up oa boxing gloves, wrestling mats, Oxford Bibles and
athletics generally. She talked the Jargon ot the ring
before she pattered in French, and German. She knew
what a bait Nelson was before she knew the date Amer
ica was discovered, and physiology was merely another
name for solar plexus.
On her fifteenth birthday, however. Miss Cordelia de
cided that the was utterly weary of everything athletic.
"It I ever marry," she said to her room mate at board
ing school, "I will choose a man who has never seen a '
prizefight who does not know how to box or wrestle,
or plsy footbali or baseball, or do anything at all but
read books and be quiet."
In the beginning Miss Blddle's parents did not take
these specifications and their daughter's boredom seri
ously. Mrs. Biddle was too busy leading Philadelphia
society, and Mr. Biddle was too busy teaching his Bible
class Vow to fight and his fighting friends how to study
the Bible, to waste much time oil their daughter's
But when said daughter began turning down one
after another ot the best eliglbles ot Philadelphia they
bean to sit up and take sharp notice. Gallant gradu
ates from Princeton, Yale and Harvard and sturdy un
dergraduates from the U. ot P. got the bablt ot always
being in the picture whenever the Biddle beauty was
on view. They met with ahott shrift
The trouble was tlat they all knew that she was the
fghting daughter of a fighting father, and naturally
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they started in to talk "boxing and sports." They would
say something like this: "Do you still like to box better
than to wrestle?" Politely the Heiress would smHe and
say"I gave up boxing two years -ago, after I found that
I could put dad out In five rounds!"
The enthusiastic graduate would then deluge her
with questions and comments and because she kept
on smiling thought lie bad made a hit
But being polite waa one ot Miss Blddle's loss suits;
even when smiling the pleasantest she would be black
listing the man, as a possible husband.
The more seriously minded males tried her on religion,
having In mind her father's famous Bible class. -
Still smiling, another name would be added to her
blacklist And so it went until at the time of her
debut In December, there was scarcely an eligible male
la Philadelphia, whose name was not on Miss Blddle's
blacklist Mrs. Biddle was p-erturbed, to say the least,
for the first duty of every debutante Is to marry aa
speedily as possible. - .
But as It happened. Miss Biddle had been marked by
Dan Cupid way back last Winter. It was during the
Thlnksgivlng holidays a year ago that the George
Goulds gave a house party at beautiful Georgian Court
in Lakewood. Young Mr. Duke and his sister Mary were
m the party. Miss Biddle was visiting hter aunt Mrs.
William Thaw, 3d, on an estate nearby. "Tony" Biddle -was
staying with the Goulds. Mr. Gould suggested a
private prise fight lth "Tony" and a sear-professional,
fortunately in training Just then on a farm a mile out
ot town, as leading gentlemen. The Aght came off
la the Gould Casino, one of the most beautiful sport
log theatres in thiscountry. Miss Biddle waa there,
the had to be. but she vowed that it was positively her
last appearance at any of dad's fights. She turned, so
the story goes, to a rather melancholy male sitting next
and emphatically said:
- "This is my very last fight; after to-night I'm done."
The male turned an eye in her direction and replied:
f " Tie a beastly bore, Isn't lt I came because I had
to. I'm a guest la the house, but bah, I never have
liked anything of a sporting kind." The male was
young Mr. Duke, and that chance remark ot his was a
From that moment Miss Biddle enshrined Mm In her
heart and as he was already keenly alive to her attrac
tion, the courtship became strenuous. Mr. Duke, as
must already be dear, was not Inexperienced. His.
experiences in England alone, would have made him'
past master In the gentle art ot elusiveness had he
cared to be eluded. Over tUere he has spent a season
with bis aunt the lively Mrs. James Duke,, who had In
stalled him In her Grosvenor Square mansion, and made
a desperate effort to marry him to a titled English
woman, even an "Honorable" would have pleased Aunt
Nana. It Is said that even the Princess Patricia waa
considered by the ambitious aunt who had been a
bright and shining member ot King Edward's set, but
Mr. Duke, while enjoying the attention he received,
refused to fall for any ot Aunt Mary's numerous selec
tions. He passed unscathed thtough a very trying ex
perience, and. incidentally, so did his slater Mary, who
will also Inherit fifty millions. But sister Mary's ex
periences are another story. She still mourns for a
noble prince who wooed her, but whom her fatlfer
would not let her have. He is now fighting with the
allies. Perhaps when the cruel war is over well, per
haps, there will be a new story to tell
New Universes" Our Eyes May Some Day See
37 Dr. Leonard Keene Kirschberg. '
A. B.. M. A., M. D. ( Johns Hopkins) .
THERE sre both facts and reasons to
prove that millions of real, ma
terial articles are present In the
universe which are not only overlooked
i? nan, but which are looked completely
The X-rays were discovered because an
KnsHshman, Sir William "Crook.es. had
jceviously discovered tbe vacuum globe
a large glass bulb with metallic ends,
from which all air and gases had been
previously exhausted which Is called
the Crookes tube. The cathode radia
tions wblch came from the cathode cud
of ibis tube, hen frlctlonal electricity
is Sfiit through the vacuum glass globe,
were known before Roentgen accidentally
found that aoiue ot tbem penetrate solid
Kv-n to-day the general idea which
ucleriles tbe X-rays or catnode raya
Uoia a vacuum tuie is not fully appreci
ated by the physicists who use them. - It
these rays can pass through Iron, stone,
solid wood, and other tilings that the
sun's rays do not pasa through, It seems
to be a logical judgment that the sun
light also passes right through a number
of things in space, which we eee through
snd are. therefore, unaware ot.
The so-called lnter-atullar space, the
great outer ethereal nothing aa it seems
I to us, which exists between the earth,
itne moon, the sun, and the planets. Is
vmore than likely a solid mats that la.
a relatively solid mass w tilth sunlight
penetrates. Juat as X-rays and some ot
' radium's rays pass through wood, flesh,
' and other masses Impenetrable to or
dinary light raya.
The human eye, to be aure, has In no
other generation ever met any ot these
uew kiuda ot radiations. Hence, it Sit
not yet become developed to the point
cf seeing through that la to aay, meeting
haif-aay. aurli curious -tns ot sultl
fenetratlng light a X-llght radium llsht.
ultra-violet light Infra-red light and all
ot the other present day Invisible kinds
Nature, evolution, mutation, and other
schemes ot lite-development however, are
already at work to overcome this human
eye delinquency. The men and women
of fufure generations. I take It will un
doubtedly have a greater visnal pfwer.
Their eyesight will bemore than lynx
like in far and through alghtednesa. Eyes
will begin to appear in greater ar.d
greater numbers that will equal or sur
paaa or meet half way all ot the newly
discovered rays. Not even mountains
will be opaque to such eyes.
That this realisation la not a vain
imagining or a fairy tale brought down to
. date Is confirmed by the tact that some
singularly gifted persons are now to ..be
found who see what their prejudlcea
and superstitions make tbem think la
a ghost, a spectre, a wraith or a spirit
As a matter of knowledge, all ot these
seemingly supernormal things are ex
plainable In the plain terms of actuality;
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often, a thick coat a linen dress,
or something ot this nature Is
looked completely through. The
moon beams or a fire-light in
eemt-darkneea la so rich with
X-rtys, ultra-violet, or infrared
rays that the persons in happy
possession of these "super" sort Miss
et eyes see right through a solid
form, which they mistake for a
flimsy, veil-like spectre. Reality
Is temporarily mistagea tor spirit
nllty. Koseerchea by the great physicist Pro
fessor K. Goldstein, soon to be announced
from Germany, bring all of these matters
into closer relationship than ever before
with human progresa.
Ho has found that If cathode raya fall
on certain salts, such as table salt potash,
and the like, vivid colors are immedi
ately produced In these salta. .This and
other new discoveries of his form a class
of phenomena which eeems to constitute
a new condition ot matter which no one
has ever before realised.
Cordelia Biddle, of Philadelphia, Who la Going to Wed a Man as Unlike
"Papa Tony" aa Possible.
Thus common salt at once becomes
yellow lah or, rather, amber colored. Bro
mide of potash turns tnto a lovely deep
ultra-marine blue, while chloride of
potash becomes a beautiful violet. Fluo
ride of soda takes a fine rosy hue. All
of these colors are acquired by the salts
In the fraction ot a second, yet they
remain for many years, if kept cool and
in the dark. Daylight and heat slowly
and after some time, cause a return of the
This Is a new and quick way to an
alyse and tell what a given specimen ot
mineral, salt, or ore la made ot. It Is
not only done more quickly, bnt more
cheaply, easily and handily. Comblna
tiona of aalts, to be sure, produce dif
ferent, yet perfectly constant colors.
Lithium chloride Is made a bright yellow
color who nalone In the cathode rays,
but when mixed or dissolved in sulphate
ot potash a lilac hue results. Pure cars
Donate of potash acquires a reddish tint,
but In a solution ot sulphate of potash
a vivid green Is made. , No matter how
email the amount one speck of one to a
hundredth thousand parts ot water or
smother salt tbe appropriate cetor la
produced. " i
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