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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 19, 1895)
warmth of a living touch. And yet she
threw all this over to "chronical small
beer" in a very literal sense,
Stage sensations never come singly,
Mrs. James Brown. Potter is in New
York busy getting her divorce. She has
at -last made public her reasons for
leaving her husband. I will quote her
statement in full, for it is a much more
quiet, simple, womanly explanation than
I ever thought Mrs. Potter could make.
"I have never for one moment re
gretted going upon the stage; neither
have I ever cast one longing look back
at the old society days, nor even thought
with pleasure of the so called social tri
umph I was said to have made. J look
upon those things as hollow and utterly
vapid; they mean absolutely nothing.
It is nine years since I left New York,
and I have lost all interest in the city's
social set. Indeed I care as little for
them as they care for mo. First of all,
lei me say that I was much amused at
something said in the papers a few days
ago about Mr. James Brown Potter's
posing ss a saint, keeping my home
ready for my return at any time I chose
to come back. It is very nice of Mr.
Potter to express such sickly sentiment.
That house and home happens to be
mine, as. well as everything in the house.
it was given to me by Pierre Lorillard
for the successful work I did in getting
people to join the Tuxedo club. But I
am getting ahead of my story. I was
born and brought up in the South a
country girl educated differently from
city girls. My family was poor. I was
very domestic and simple in my tastes.
I was taught to sew and made all my
dresses. Indeed, my wedding dress was
the first gown I ever wore which was
made outside of my home. I met James
Brown Potter, a fine, handsome man. I
fell in love with him, and before I was
17 we were married and came to New
York to live. Mr. Potter was consid
ered a howling swell, and my family
were led to believe that I had made a
great match, and that my future lay
along a path of ro6es. My ideas of life
and those of the Potters were at vari
ance. I was brought up to think that
life was real and that love ruled the
world. The Potters lived only for out
side show, always seemed to be afraid to
appear natural, and were always at
swords' points with one another. There
was nothing natural, nothing genuine in
this new life I was leading. AH was
conventional, all surface. My enthusi
asm and naturalness were certainly
chilled by the Potters. My success in
private theatricals paved the way to
something better, and one day, sick and
weary of all the mockery, tired of the
constant fault-finding to which I was
compelled to submit, tired of going out
with a smiling face and a breaking
heart, tired of the snubs of the Potters,
who are always (Jealous of each other,
tired of genteel poverty, I walked out of
that.home Mr. Potter is keeping for me
and left everything behind me. I have
never been permitted to go back to get
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my belongings, and not even as much as
a pair of sleeve buttons has ever been
sent me. 1 sacrificed little to gain the
glorious heritage of honest independ
ence." Notice Mrs. Potter does not say "the
glorious heritage of an artist's life" or
any rot of that sort, but "the glorious
heritage of an honest independence." In
fact in that lengthy statement Mrs.
Potter does not once allude to her recent
flattering success, nor once call herself
an "artist." The gentlewoman does
show through tho Thesipan sometimes
after all. And this recalls a statement
I have made before. Cora Potter's
methods of advertising have always been
moet dignified and legitimate. She has
never lost her jewels nor recommended
complexion soap nor had an agent to
distribute her pictures and press notices
nor interviewed reporters. All of the
free advertising that the press has given
her and her family affairs has been with
out her consent and wish. Sho has
never before answered the charges made
against her nor deigned to explain, she
has simply worked ceaselessly and faith
fullyand had her pictures taken with
her hair rumpled up and parted on tho
side in that wierd way in which no
woman could wear it without a head
ache. Somehow Mrs. Potter's state
ments regarding her domestic life seem
exceedingly simple, direct and probable.
Life must have been pietty hard for her
in New York. She came from the
south, the south where the sun still has
his own way, where his influence is fer
vent and strong, the south that has
never been conventionalized or civilized,
that is as untrammeled and ungoverned
as the sea. Sho entered tho most re
strained and rigidly conventional set in
this country. As she says, the Potters
are a hard family to live with. Every
one in New York knows that. The
world decided that she was and ought to
be happy, but she was not, and she re
fused to wear tho mask. Sho had
imagination and talont and life meant
too much to her to bo wasted. It is
hard for peoplo of brains to suffer pas
sively, for they hold the key to inde
pendence and the antidote for suffering.
If Mrs. Potter had been always a sover
eign of society and born to tho purpose
then her resort to the stage would have
been strange indeed and a scandal much
more than probable. But she was not;
she simply went back to her own, She
was born among emotional, demonstra
tive people and she returned to them.
Voila. She says that she was brought
up to think that "life was real and that
love ruled the world." Ah, yes, but does
it after all? That is the sentimental
side of Mrs Potter the secret of what
some would call her failure, some her
triumph. Its too bad that sentiment or
practicality, one or the other, does not
finally establish its supremacy. It would
save us all so much pain and uncom
fortable experience. For in spite of the
growing demands of the practical edu
cation still fosters sentiment. No mat-
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ter what language we learn they teach
us first to conjugate the same treacher
ous verb. Except in the Greek, and
among the Greeks the verb was too ter
ribly irregular to thrust at a novice. No
p in intended.
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