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Love and Romance No Guaranty of Happy Marriage
tatest War Triangle Serves to
Disclose What Is Twice
IT IS not always the hottest flame
that majces the most enduring
There was more than the
usual moiety of romance in the woo-?
?n& and honeymoon of Lee Shippey,
Kansas City poet, lecturer, news?
paper man and Y. M. C. A. worker,
gnd Mary Woodson, herself a mag?
azine writer and newspaper worker.
Now that love is ashes on an
abandoned hearthstone. Mary Wood
son Shippey is ill within a dark?
led room of her mother's homo in j
Kansas City, separated by half a
continent from her husband in Los
Angeles, while Mile. Madeleine Ba
bin, third corner of tho triangle
from which no harmonious note ever \
is struck, awaits the verdict of the ;
Federal authorities as to whether or
not she shall be deported to France
from whence she came.
Briefly, Lee Shippey went to
France as a Y. M. C. A. secretary,
leaving his wife at home with their
nine-year-old son. Mrs. Shippey took
the place on a Kansas City paper
her husband had given up to go
to France. Returning from France,
Shippey told his wife, when she met j
him in New York, he had formed ?
an attachment for Mile. Babin and j
asked her to get a divorce so
he could marry the younger woman.
Mrs. Shippey refused. Mile. Babin
and her mother and- younger sister
came to America, ostensibly on the
way to Portland, Ore., where Mile.
Babin was to teach, but stopped in
Kansas City. There, it developed,
the French girl was to become a
mother. Shippey renewed his plead?
ings that his wife obtain a divorce.
She refused. She would take the
French girl's baby and rear it as
her own, she said. Neither the
prospective mother nor Shippey
would agree to this, and therein the
story departs from its similarity to
the Spiker case, so recently in the
Mrs. Shippey's family reported
ife. affair to the immigration au?
thorities and deportation proceed?
ings were begun. There the legal
status of the affair rests.
Neither to Blame
Now for the human equation. No
one in Kansas City who knows Mr.
f.nd Mrs. Shippey has any blame to
attach to either for their broken
romance. Hasn't it through all time
been admitted that the little god is
blind? And when an arrow is fired
in the dark, whose is the fame or
the blame for the bullseye or miss?
Lee Shippey and Mary Woodson
loved each other madly. At least,
they thought they did. And when
one is very young how is one al
wfe-s to know the real from the tem?
porary infatuation? Anyway, all
their friends were agreed that their
marriage was a real love match.
The name of Woodson was one to
?onjure with in Missouri. In Vir?
ginia the Woodsons would b! F. F.
?a, Belonging to the old Southern
aristocracy of the state, an uncle of
Mrs. Shippey was a Supreme Court
judge of Missouri and her father
was also of the bench.
Mary Woodson early showed
Promise of the brilliant mind that
later won her a place as a maga?
zine writer in the fiction field.
Schoolmates as they were, it would
?ave been remarkable if she and
ke Shippey had not been drawn to?
gether by the similarity of their
tastes, if by no other attraction.
Tried by Fire
Soon after their marriage their
love was tried by fire, which
*ould have seemed to have cement
J it beyond possibility of destruc
'?n- Having cleaned his pipe with
*?od alcohol and smoked it im?
mediately afterward, being ignorant
"the peculiar tendency of the
?eadly fumes to attack the optic
****, Shippey was stricken totally
wwd with the suddenness of
fought. For months he could see
^th;ng. Gradually the light crept
fmi lnt? his eyes' but he has never
Uy "covered his sight.
ne? T*h aH the weeks of dark*
? the young wife was her hus
anH 6yes as wel1 as his comfort
?o S?PPOrt She read t0 him
gin!l0ng h0Urs' and when he be"
s t0 be able to see a little
?idJT?- herself his secretary and
S hlm ?? getting a start in lit
SLT?ik- Surely no one could
?ot ft??n f17 y.oodson Shippey did
?ch lto^e uttermost the
?altL,,8ayS "in sickness and in
^ wh*of L?e Shippey? Is
*???? trying da
Jj* Shippey is one of the most
?TanJ? h,m My art unkind word
- 0ther ?* knew him to do an un
?et. Until he met .Mlle.
Babin he never had an "affair" in
his life. Friendship is almost a re?
ligion with him. At the annual jour?
nalism week at the University of
Missouri he has .always been one of
the first to arrive and the last to
leave. As one of the founders and
presidents of the Missouri Writers'
Guild, the annual outing of the guild
in the Ozark Mountains was an
event to which he looked forward all
the year. At the nightly campfire
under the stars his voice was always
ready with song or story.
Poem to Friendship
These things were near his heart.
It was in this spirit that he wrote :
Under man's scourge or God's
I will not whine or sigh,
Though I may battle cruel odds,
Though I but fight to die,
No ills my life may spoil?
That upon me depends;
Though bitter the grief and hard the
I am blest while I have friends!
A son was born to the Shippeys,
and he was the idol of both their
hearts. Being a good example for
.this boy was a subject Shippey often
discussed with his intimate friends.
How deeply he felt his responsi?
bility as a father he divulged in
these verses, which appeared in
"The Ladies' Home Journal":
There is a poem I have read, and which
is quoted far,
Advising boys to be the sort their
mothers think they are;
But I would nobler be than that, and
bear fame's oriflamme,
If I could only be the man my young?
ster thinks I am.
I'd be the bravest man alive, the
stauchest ever born,
The greatest and most versatile that
could the world adorn.
And, if I chose, far doughtier In strife
than any other,
And very near as good and wise and
lovable as mother.
Ah, parents! What are precepts all,
when little children grow
To learn we are not quite the sort they
thought they used to know?
We could make home a dearer place
and life more perfect far
If we strove more to be the folk our
babies think we are.
If ever conditions were ideal for
a perfect marriage was not this one
of the instances? Then why were
they not happy?
For at length it began to be whis?
pered among their closest friends
that this was not the perfect mar?
riage after all. It came to be
known that there had been several
brief separations which had been'
quickly patched up. The war
seemed to offer at least a tempo?
rary solution. In order that he
might be of help, and at the same
time afford a pretext for separating
from his wife, Shippey applied for
service in France with the Y. M.
C. A. His poor eyesight made any
other form of service an impossi?
Shippey went overseas. His wife,
although she was offered a position
as a special correspondent in France
for a magazine, remained at home
and took over her husband's task of
writing a column of paragraphs for
a Kansas City newspaper.
A Wife's Intuition
Now comes not the least remark?
able feature of the whole astonish?
ing story. Mrs. Shippey, 4,500
miles away, discovered her hus?
band's love for another woman be?
fore Shippey knew it himself.
Shippey had been livjng at a ho?
tel. It closed, and he went to board
at the Babin home. Its charm fas?
cinated him. In an article to his
old paper he described the ideal
family life of the French in general
and of the Babin family in partic?
ular. There were word sketches of
the Babin family.
It was a simple story. No one
who read it found anything un?
usual in it. That is, no one?except
Mrs. Shippey. She read there
things the words did not say. Pos?
sibly it was instinct. Anyway,
after reading the article, she wrote
to her husband, saying:
"You are in love with Madeleint
Mrs. Shippey knew. Lee Shippej
didn't. ' Up to that time, if he is tc
be believed, he had had no idea h<
felt more than friendship for anj
member of the Babin family or mon
for any one member than another.
The acquaintance had begun ii
an irreproachable manner. Shippej
and an American army chaplain se
out one Sunday for a military cem
etery to take some pictures. At th?
end of a trolley line they inquire?
their way and were told to follov
two girls who had alighted fron
the same car and were bound fo
for Us T
*^poet and Y. M.
C. A. war worker,
and Mile. Made?
leine Babin, the
French girl Ship
pey wishes to
the cemetery with armfuls of flow?
ers. The girls were Madeleine
Babin and her younger sister.
The chaplain suggested that Ship
pey carry the flowers, which were
heavy. Shippey did. The girls had
a camera. Shippey's films were ex?
hausted before he had taken the pic?
tures he desired, and the girls lent
him their camera. A few days later,
after developing the films, Shippey
returned the borrowed camera.
That was the beginning of the
romance. Or, if you prefer, call it
the beginning of the tragedy.
In her letter Mrs. Shippey had
"If you have lost your heart in
France I will be a 'good sport.' But
! you owe it to me to come home and
! straighten the thing out like a
I Shippey came home. His wife
met him. It is not always easy to
be a "good sport." There was some?
thing of a, scene. Shippey demanded
his freedom. His wife refused. They
returned home together. An inter?
cepted letter revealed that Mile. Ba
bin, her mother and sister were in
Kansas City. There was another
scene. Then Shippey made known
what Madelaine had come to Amer?
ica to reveal. There was to be a
child. Again Shippey asked his
freedom. He pleaded for the op?
portunity to give the expected
child a name. Mrs. Shippey was
obdurate. But she offered to adopt
"The baby is mine," saicL, the
French girl. "I would rather it and
I were both dead than give it to an?
Mrs. Shippey counseled with
friends. They advised two things:
that Mr. Shippey's employers and
the immigration authorities be noti
on Died I
fled. The advice was immediately !
effective. The newspaper discharged
Shippey as an improper person to j
have in its employ and the immi?
gration authorities took charge of |
the prospective mother.
Shippey, unable to get other work !
in Kansas City, went to California,
where his mother and sister are and j
where he found a job on a Los An- >
In Kansas City Mme. Babin and
her younger daughter are doing fine
needlework to support themselves
and Madeleine. The latter expresses i
only sorrow that she has brought i
misfortune upon the man she loves. :
Thol girl said that it was the kind?
ness ?f; Shippey during the illness
and death of her father, a merchant
in Paris, that won her heart. She
said that Shippey seemed very sad j
and miserable at times and that she j
tried to cheer him up, as did her j
mother and sister. All through their ;
grief i>ver the death of their
father,; the girl declared, Shippey
stood by them, assisting in every
.- "ItV$jj$?. 3uj$ before he left for
America that we discovered we
loved one another," she said.
So Noble a Man
"I never had seen so good a man, j
so fine a man. I do not believe there !
is any man in the world who would
have been more kind than he has ?
been, or would have been more fine ;
in this trouble.
"It is his goodness, his fineness,
that made me feel as I did toward !
him," the girl went on.
"We were happy together in
Paris, except when he would be sad, !
thinking of his little boy and his !
"Mr. Shippey loved his little boy. |
He neyer would say anything about j
his wife because he always said*'she
THE most recently installed ex?
hibit at the American Mu?
seum of Natural History is
the skeleton of the deinodon,
or "Terrible Tooth," a prehistoric
animal, which, if he were alive to?
day, would be about the most for?
midable enemy that a man could
meet. And a deinodon was swift and
active, built for speed as well as
power. One could neither dodge him
nor outrun him, and the average
man would be just 8 bout the size'
of prey that he would consider suit?
able for his next meal.
The skeleton stands 11.5 feet
high, about twice the height of a
man. The length from nose to tip
of tail is 20 feet, and for all his
slim and elegant proportions he
probably weighed in life several
times as heavy as any lion or tiger.
Sucked the Eggs
Dr. W. D. Matthew, curator of the
museum's department of vertebrate
paleontology, says that, fortunately
for us, perhaps, the deinodon was
not one of the beasts our prehistoric
ancestors had to contend with. They
had cave lions and hyenas and
wolves and great cave bears, not to
mention mammoths and mastodons
and woolly rhinoceroses, and those
were quite enough. If they had had
a lot of carnivorous dinosaurs into
the bargain they might have been
wiped out altogether. But the
dinosaurs had all become extinct
long before the time of the pre?
historic cave men. The deinodon
lived during the cretaceous period
of the Age of Reptiles, some sixty
odd millions of years ago, if we may
rely on the calculations based on
the alteration of radio-active min?
At that time our very, very re?
mote ancestors were little opossum?
like, furry creatures, living in trees
and quite too small and inconspicu?
ous to be troubled by the huge rep?
tiles that in those days held the
earth in fee. But in revenge for
this disdain, it has been suggested,
our little opossum-like ancestors may
have helped to bring about the ex?
tinction of the great dinosaurian
aristocracy?by sucking their eggs.
This skeleton was found three
years ago by Charles H. Sternberg
in the great canyon of the Red Deer
River, in Alberta. The canyon,
800 rfeet deep and margined by
steep walls and bad-land gullies, is
the richest repository for dinosaur
skeletons that has yet been discov?
ered. It cuts through the heart of
the finest wheat district of the Ca?
nadian West, and the rolling prairie,
with its waving fields of grain above,
contrasts picturesquely with the
swiftly flowing river far below at
the bottom of its deep trench, cut?
ting through the midst of this great
cemetery of creatures of the long
But in the deinodon's time the
country was very different, both in
geography and climate. A broad
A RECONSTRUCTION of
a deinodon at the Amer?
ican Museum of Natural
interior sea,which had once stretched
from the Gulf, of Mexico to the Arc?
tic Ocean, was gradually shallowing
and filling up with marshes, low ly?
ing sw?mpy forests and savannahs
in which the deinodon and other
giant reptiles lived. The climate, if
one may judge from the palms, ba
nanas, plantains and other tr?pica
trees that flourished there, was muci
warmer, but the annual growth
rings on fossil tree trunks (of which
a fine specimen is on view in the
same hall with the dinosaur skele?
tons) show that there was at least
a dry and a rainy season ; and there
were many trees?willows and tulip
trees, sycamores and oaks, that were
very much like those of the pres?
A Strange World
The animal world was far more
strange. Not only was there no sign
of man or even anything distantly
suggesting his future evolution, but
not even the ancestors of all the
| higher quadrupeds with which we
I are familiar had yet come into be?
ing. Save for those tiny opossum- !
like creatures in the trees, there was
none of the higher quadrupeds or
mammals, so |ar as we know, in
these marshes and forests that bor?
dered the great central sea. Nor
- were birds, if there were any at all,
- common enough to have left their
1 bones in the r-~ ^ come
l sery. Crocodiles there were aplenty,
- and great turti.., v-...*-. wi.? of
Chinese Soldier Pays Himself
THE busiest period of a Chinese
soldier's life is when he is on
furlough. If he is a good
soldier and thoroughly un?
derstands the science of looting he
is forced to remain away from his
outfit only about two-thirds of the
time. Recruits are granted longer
periods of rest and robbery.
Nathaniel Peffer, in "The Home
Sector," the ex-soldiers' weekly, con?
ducted by the former editorial coun
cil of "The Stars and Stripes," gives i
the following account of tbe manner i
in which an ambitious buck private j
in the Chinese army quickly learns l
to select his own pay days:
"He doesn't, do much of anything, |
in fact, except when he takes to ban- j
ditry, which is about two-thirds of !
the time for most of the Chinese j
army. Of the numberless bandits
that infest the interior the larger
proportion are soldiers, sometimes
discharged and sometimes on self-1
granted furlough and sometimes
still in service.
"That is not because the soldier is
by nature a robber, but because he
has to rob .to live. His salary gen?
erally is grafted by officials of the
Ministry of War and the higher of?
ficers before it gets down to him.
There are known cases where troops
stationed in a certain district have
not been paid for a year or more.
Naturally they have to turn to loot
often, and naturally it becomes a
habit; as they get expert they come
to like it.
"About a year ago a certain rich
town in Anhui province had been
plundered several times in swift suc?
cession by robber bands. The elders
of the vilhtges called on the district
magistrate for relief, the magistrate
sent to the military governor for
troops, the governor sent the troops.
Three weeks later the town elders
again called on the magistrate. They
asked that the troops be withdrawn."
Lee Shippey and Mary Woodson,
of Kansas City, Were the
is the mother of my child and I
must respect her for that, if I can?
not love her.' He was so fine and
"Mr. Shipp?y's sister, Virginia,
and his mother understand all that."
The young woman drew from a
drawer letters from Mr. Shippey's
sister, Virginia, and a telegram from
Both commiserated her and ex?
pressed the desire that she come out
to California. The letter stated that j
it might be difficult to accommodate ?
all three of the little French family, I
but that they would do their best, j
"Dear little girl," the telegram I
read, "you must try to bear up in j
One letter written by Shippey's ;
sister said: "We do not know
whether you will come with Lee or i
whether you will come later, but in
any case, we shall welcome you."
Mother Defends Shippey
Madeleine must not be classed as
a home wrecker, Shippey's mother
declares. His home was wrecked
years ago, the elder Mrs. Shippey
"Lee's wife became estranged
from him many years ago," his
"She has, therefore, no honest
claim on him as a wife. When he
went to France as a Y. M. C. A.
worker, where he met Madelaine,
they were estranged and, when Lee
came back, it was not to a loving
home such as a congenial man and
wife would create. *
"He told her of his love for Ma?
delaine and asked for his release by
divorce, so that he could marry the
French girl he loved. His wife re?
fused and this distasteful notoriety
has been the result.
"Lee capie to California to pave
the way for a divorce."
As is quite natural, Mrs. Ship?
pey's mother just as loyally absolves
her daughter from any blame for
the pair's unhappiness.
"Shortly after Mr. Shippey met
my daughter he told of the French
girl," said Mrs. Woodson. "While
she realized that affection was dead
between them, yet she urged that
for the sake of their child, who had
been waiting so eagerly to see his
soldier daddy, who was a hero in
his eyes, that they return here and
make an attempt to rebuild their
Blames Y. M. C. A.
. Mrs. Woodson is bitter against
the Y. M. C. A., declaring that it
was in a measure responsible for j
permitting "such girls as Made?
leine Babin" to come to the Y. M. '.
C. A. huts to furnish entertainment I
for the soldiers.
Mrs. Woodson said that when her
daughter insisted in New Yprk that >
Shippey accompany her home he !
agreed to do so, and then wrote to
fish, and some peculiar kinds of j
aquatic reptiles ; and an occasional
plesiosaur or great sea reptile made ;
its way up the rivers from the ocean.
But the chief inhabitants,were dino- j
saurs, the lords of the swamp and
forest, great, long-legged reptiles of
strange and varied form.
The majority of them were herb- j
ivorous, browsing or grazing crea
tures corresponding to the hoofed
animals of the modern world. Of
these there were three chief kinds?
the horned dinosaurs (big rhinoc-,
eros-like quadrupeds), the armored '
dinosaurs (covered with great bony !
plates from head to tail) and the
duck-billed dinosaurs,'which walked
or ran upon the hind legs and had
no horns or armor, but were excel?
lent swimmers. Then there were
various kinds of carnivorous dino?
saurs which preyed upon their vege?
tarian relatives. Ail these were
bipeds, using their forefeet only to
seize and tear their prey and their
long tails to balance the body in
running. Some of these were huge
and powerful; others quite small and
It is only in recent years, and
through the explorations of such
rich fpssil fields as those of the Red
Deer River, that we have come to
know much about this world of the
dinosaurs and to realize what it was
like. There is very little in the
textbooks about these recent dis?
coveries. Many of them have not
yet been published. But the visitor
to the Dinosaur Hall of the Ameri?
can Museum of Natural History can
see there a surprising number and
variety of these bizarre and formi?
dable beasts, and will, we hope, see
many more as the explorations and
exhibition work of the museum con?
the French girl telling her that his
homecoming had been sad and for
her to arrange to come to the United
States as "it would all be over soon"
and he would be free to marry her.
Already in poor health, the affair
left Mrs. Shippey in a serious con?
dition, and she cannot be seen. Ship?
pey himself tells the story in his
"In the spring of 1918 T applied
for service in the Y. M. C. A., for
the reason that my wife and I could
not live in peace, and I felt a sep?
aration was best for both of us and
our son. Before that I had tried
to enlist in the army. She left me
several times, because, she said, life
with me was unendurable.
"On November 1,1918,1 met Ma?
deleine Babin with her sister, placing
flowers on the graves in the Ameri?
can cemetery in Suresnes. For ten
months our friendship grew. I came
to love the whole family. On May
1, 1919, when I was notified my hotel
was to be closed, I went to their
home to board, and there was taken
into the most beautiful family life
I have ever seen. The courage with
which they met misfortunes and
their sweetness to each other made
their home so pleasant ' that the
months I spent there were the hap?
piest in my life.
A Big Brother
"Before that, I had been a tig
brother' in the family. Our rela?
tions were so innocent I had written
back to a Kansas City newspaper an
account of the life in the French
home in which I lived. From that
article Mrs. Shippey guessed the
truth long before I dreamed of it.
Just a few days before leaving Paris
I received from her a letter aaying
if I had lost my heart in France it
would be all right and she would be
a 'sport' about it, but I owed it to
her to come home and straighten
"Madeleine never tried to break up
my home. Her efforts always were
in the otner direction. At that time
she told me that whatever became
of her I must do my full duty to
my legal wife and child. I returned
to America for that purpose.
"Mrs. Shippey met me in New
York and immediately the unhappy
spirit which had made our home so
unhappy before I went overseas as?
serted itself. She accused me of
having come home reluctantly. I
tried to assume her that I was glad
to be home, but admitted I had come
home with the determination that
if we could not live together hap?
pily we must separate. She be?
came so angered at that that she
struck me with her fists.
V "The day after our return to
Kansas City I received a letter of?
fering? Madeleine a place as a
French teacher in Oregon. I had
written letters about her to America
long before there had been anything
improper about our love for each
other. I forwarded that letter to
Madeleine and on the strength of
it she secured a passport to America.
"On arriving in America she
knew what she had not known be?
fore, that she was to become a
mother. That made it impossible
for her to teach in a girls' school.
No one met her in New York, and
in the hotel to which she went,
though it was a good one, $50 was
stolen from a purse which she left
in her room while she went to the
dining rcom. That left her without
enough money to get to Oregon, so
she came to Kansas City.
Praises Her Bravery
"The poor little girl was very sick
but still brave. Throughout all this
trying situation her bravery and
sweetness have been my greatest
comfort. All her life in this country
has been lawful and honorable, and
she has encouraged me to fulfill
every legal an<5 moral obligation to
my wife and son. I told my wife
that, in view of our previous un
happiness, nothing I cculd ever do
could make thir.gi right for her now
and begged her to let me do the one
decent thing left for me to do,
marry the French girl I have
"Madeleine was an innocent ^irl
when I met her. Her love for me
has been the most glorious hir.g
that ever came into my life, and,
though i greatly regret the sorrow
this has caused others, I cannot be
sorry for that love. It is ennobling
and streng hening, and I feel that
no hing I can ever do or be or suffer
can be worthy of it. It is her in?
tention and mine ?hat we shall live
honorably for <he sake of o_r com?
ing child and never break the law,
but, of course, it's our great hope
that soon, somehow, legally and
honorably, we may be married and
rear our child in honor."
All of which does not answer the
question at to why Lee Shippey
and Mary Woodson, an ideal couple,
, did not make an ideal marriage
i Why was it?
f Who knotfs? _jt