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LOUISE 'VERMILYA, 'UGLY AND SQUAT, DREW MEN
- BY MENTAL POWER AND SUBTLE FLATTERY "
Woman Writer Says Secret of
, Vermilya V Fas'cihation for
'Men of "All Conditions arid
''and. Ages Lies. in Her Men
tality. "'- ' " .
x 'By Eloise Mortimer.
' vConsider4,the loves of
Vermilya. "" --.
Fred Brinkamp, her fit;s't hus
Charles Vermilya, . her second
.fiuspapd. ' '-,'."''
.'Richard T. Smith, 'the "rail road
conductor, who ,vas 'ehgagedto
marry, her when he died suddenly
and. mysteriously.' - J'
-Arthur Bissonette, the police
man, for whom Mrs. Vermilya ex
ercised so great a fascination that
for'her he gave up his' 'country
sweetheart, Lydia Rivard. " '
The Undertaker, Charles C.
Boysen, who' denies he ever was
intimate with Mrs. Vermilya; but
whose denial is given thclieby
writing in Mrs. Vermilya's own
-And, last actor to appear in the
moving drama that is -the life, of
Lotuse, Vervilya, Jayson Ruppert,
railroad employe.- Ruppert was
a frequent visitor to. the Vermilya,
1 "House of Death," -up to the time
he was taken suddenly ill and
died. , .
In all the weird story of poi
'son and sudden death thatthe ar
rest of Mrs.. Vermilya. has
brougfyt.to light, nothing, is more
strange than the fascination this
jWcfnian seems to-hayoexercised
over men of all ages and all con-
ditions. , " . t
' And 'wherein lies that fascina
tion? -" - '
"Mrs. Vermilya is far from beau
tiful. She is short'; her figure is
almost stumpy. She has Kieh'
cheek bones that give a look 'of
coarseness to her face. Her hair
is shbrt and limply heavy.' Her
eyes are furtive, and seemingly
wtthdut compelling pdwer: Even
her complexion is poor." , ' '
Wliat quality was it that drew
men" to ,the side of Louise Ver
milya, drew them to loveandtheh
I confess the answer to'tn'e' rid
dle, is beyond me.
'Yet, perhaps, the ariswer'liesrm
the woman's extraordinary men
tality. . , . ..;
In-this respect, at least, -Louise
Vermilya is "different." t .
'Take-her letters. They are'not
the hurried scrawls of a' woman,
who writes without giving
thought to the weight of her'sen
tences.. There is subtle flattery; ,
in almost every one of her letters
to Thomas Bruington, the Peoria
photographer, who- thought ,tA
trap her by making love to 'her,
and at. last fell in love withher,
Read these sentences :
"I wish you could be Here
with me. I-have so much I want
to tell you ' -
' I surely would enjov having-.
your sister call.on,me; Please-rer
mindi'her.of-itj Q course, I-kndw: .