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THE BEE: OMAHA. FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 1917.
JOHN G. ARTHUR
SUES FOR DIVORCE
Penniless Lawyer, Once Rich,
rile 8 Sensational Charges
WED TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS
Sensational charges against his
wife, Mattie L. Arthur, prominent
woman physician and active in club
affairs, are made by John G. Arthur,
aged and one-time wealthy attorney,
ill a divorce suit filed in district
The 73-year-old lawyer, now an in
mate of the House of Hope, alleges
that after years of scheming and the
building for herself of a successful
career, she has succeeded in obtain
ing possession of all his property
and has driven him from his home
at 1333 South Thirty-third street,
leaving him. The professional
woman's alleged plot, according to
Arthur's assertions, has left him pen
niless, without money enough to even
pay the costs of the divorce suit.
The bulky petition with its start
ling allegations was prepared by the
law firm of Sutton, McKenzie & Har
ris, who ask for their client an ab
solute divorce decree and seek to
have the court declare null and void
a deed made last year by which, it
is alleged, Mrs. Arthur acquired the
whip hand in the family fortunes.
She Studies Medicine.
The Arthurs were married at Deca
tur, Neb., in December, 1880, and
have been residents of Omaha for
the last twenty years. According to
the aged lawyer, soon after their
marriage his wife became dissatisfied
with the life of a housewife and de
manded that he furnish.her with funds
with which to attend a medical col
lege, Arthur, asserting that she posi
tively refused to be just plain wife,
sets forth that he gave her $1,000
with which to satisfy her ambition to
become a physician.
Mrs. Arthur graduated from med
ical school and hung up her doctor's
shingle at Oakland, Neb., according
to the petition. His wife in a short
time, Arthur alleges, became dissatis
fied and expressed a desire to seek
larger .ields where she wot,ld have
the opportunity of building up a
profitable practice and obtaining big
Arthur recounts that he had a good
practice as a lawyer, was interested
in other lines of business and was
well able to care for his family and
lay aside something for old age, but
his wife insisted on moving to San
Once a Leading Lawyer.
In the Golden State Arthur asserts
that he became a partner of one of
the leading lawyers of the Pacific
coast and soon built up a large prac
tice. But, he alleges, his wife again
became dissatisfied and demanded
that they return to Nebraska, threat
ening to bring about a separation if
he did not consent to the change. He
says that this change resulted in a
great financial loss to him.
The scene now shifts to Pender,
Neb., where, according to his allega
tions, his doctor-wife became dissatis
fied after two and a half years' resi
dence and insisted on moving hack
to Oakland. She became dissatisfied
there, he avers, and moved to Omaha.
Arthur alleges that as time went on
his professional mate became more
and more domineering and, "disre
garding her marriage relations, tried
to rule and did rule the household."
He says that she became the "boss"
and threatened him when he objected,
relating that she ordered him around
as if he were a child.
Says She Swore.
His wife frequently swore. Arthur
alleges, shook her fist in his face, and
enforced her demands with profanity
and wallops on his jaw. He further
alleges that she began scheming to
obtain all his .property- and system
atically carried on a campaign to des
tioy his peace of mind.
The complaining husband asserts
that she would come into his room in
the middle of the night, curse him
and shake her fist in his face. On one
occasion, he alleges, he awoke and
found her standing beside his bed
soon as the communications reach
brandishing an Indian club over his
Mrs. Arthur, the allegations in the
petition state, entertained toward his
daughter by a former marriage, a bit
ter hatred, flying into a passion when
ever he received a letter from her.
Irior to April 12, 1916, his wife, he
alleges, schemed to defraud his daugh
ter out of property that might go to
her at his death. The husband as
serts that his wife insisted that both
h. and his daughter deed their prop
erty to a "straw man," who wis in
turn to deed the property, to her.
Debate About Property.
Ifwas then decided to divide the
property fifty-fiftv, the husband savs.
Prior to April 12, 1916. Arthur de
clares that he owned the following
960 acres of land in Cheyenne
264 acres of land in Kimball county,
Property in Omaha in Ambler
Place, Park Place, Orchard Hill and
He alleges that she insisted that all
his property be deeded in trust to a
third party, the third party to deed
the property to him or his survivors,
she well knowing, he adds, that she
would outlive him. Arthur asserts
that she produced a revolver and
threatened to kill him and then take
her own life is he did not join with
her in deeding the property as she
Afraid of his life, he alleges, he
executed a deed of all his holdings
to Harry A. McCord and Helen A.
McCord on April 12, 1916, they im
mediately deeding the property back
to him, with a provision that upon
his death it should go to his survivor.
He says that he signed the deed
through "fear and duress."
At this time, he alleges, she started
a campaign to drive him out of his
home, finally leaving him penniless,
as he says he is at the present time.
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Renewals Until the Land
Bank is Ready.
MANY SEEK CLERICAL JOBS
With the farm loan bank not yet
actually ready to' make loans, hun
dreds of fanners throughout the
Omaha district are exceedingly
anxious today, for, as this is March
1, their loans with the loan com
panies have expired in large num
bers. These are very anxious to be
gin to borrow Of the federal, farm
loan bank instead of from the loan
companies. In some instances ar
rangements are betn made between
these borrowers and the loan com
panies for a short renewal of thirty
or sixty days to tide them over until
they can get the loan from the fed
eral loan bank.
In other cases, however. It is said,
loan companies are refusing to make
the short time extensions. Secretary
Odell of the Omaha Federal Farm
Loan bank is getting many letters
from farmers all over the district set
ting forth this condition. "The bor
rowers are being crowded for renew
als at this time," said Secretary Odell.
"for some of the loan companies want
to be sure to get another two or
three-year renewal before the federal
bank is ready to accommodate these
jtecommendations for appraisers
from south Dakota, Wyoming and
Nebraska for the Omaha Federal Farm
Loan bank have been maJe by the
bank directors, who h:.ve been in ses
sion in Omaha for two days.
The recommendations have been
forwarded tc Wash.iiRtoi.. and the
appointments are likely to follow as
headquarters. . The;e appointments
are to be made on the recommenua
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(ion of the board of directors, so that
it is considered very likely the names
will be confirmed as soon as as the
federal farm loan board receives them.
The appraiser for Iowa will be ap
The appraisers are to get $2,400 a
year and expenses.
Though applications for cltrical
jobs with the bank number nearly a
thousand, the directors say they will
not make any of the appointments
until they hold their next meeting,
The directors have adjourned their
meeting, and alt, except President
Hogan and Secretary Odell, have left
the city for the time being.
Hogan to Washington.
President Hogan is to Ictve this
evening for Washington, where, on
March , he will attend a conference
0." the twelve piesidents of the federal
farm loan banks and the members of
the federal km loan board. At this
conference uniform systems of ac
counting are to be worked out, and
other details of the opera -on of the
banks are to be agreed upon.
Within a few days the furniture and
fixtures are to be installed in the tem
porary quarters of the bank, 1206
1207 Woodmen of the World build
ing, where the bank has a suite of
five rooms. , This morning mail ac
cumulated rapidly in these quarters,
although not a bit of furniture was
yet in the rooms. "I am trying to de
termine now. of the thousands of
letters already accumulated," said
Secretary Odell, "of which class of
mail I have most of applications for
Lars, or applications for jobs."
Secretary Odell said persons
anxiously writing about applications
for loans would be answered as soon
as the directors could possibly get into
ship; to begin to answer the great
volume of correspondence.
A force of land bank examiners is
si on to be appointed by the Treasury
department, whose duty it will be to
e::ate)ine the federal land banks pe
riodically just as federal inspectors or
bank examiners now examine the
books of the national banks through
out the country. Examiners will also
be appointed to examine the books of
the various farm loan associations
which will spring up hy the thousands
throughout the country.
Everybody r.ada Btt Want Adt.
Creighton Boys Debate
League to Enforce Peace
Creighton law school's model leg
islature echoed to a sharp verbal bat
tle Wednesday night when the em
bryo lawyers debated the merits of
Matwin F. Dudley's bill, petitioning
President Wilson to enter into nego
tiations for the formation of an in
ternational league to enforce peace.
The negatives won the argument, but
not before they had proved them
selves in a keen tilt of tongues.
Speaker McAvoy appointed Rep
resentative Uvick of Frontier county
to act as chairman of the committee
of the whole. The committee refused
to pass the peace bill. Messrs. Mat
win Dudley, Robert McGuiggan,
Henry Dolan, affirmative friends of
the proposed legislation, were over
come hy the negative logicians, who
reasoned that peace leagues were in
effectual because their decrees lack
force to compel observance. They
ought to be backed by armed force,
was argued bv the winning negatives,
Messrs. D. Frank Delahoy and G.
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Cents Per Dozen
Here is big news to knock th
H. C. of L. a stinging blow.
Eggs, the fruit of the hen, strictly
fresh eggs, have decreased in price
from 45-cents a week ago to 30 cents
a doien today. Today's price alone
showed a drop of 5 cents on the dozen.
"We look for even a further drop,"
said Manager King of Hayden's gro-,
eery department. "All are strictly
fresh eggs. That is the only kind on
the Omaha market now. Storage eggi
were used up some time ago."
Cambro Welsh Society
Honors St. David's Day
The Cainbro Welsh society will
celebrate St. David'a day tonight in
Jacobs' hall at Seventeenth . amf
Dodge streets. John T. Yates will
preside. The program will consist of
musical numbers, declamation! and
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