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A MARRIAGE THAT PEEVED A MILLIONAIRE BRINGS
ABOUT A.COMPLICATION OF RELATIONSHIP
Palm Beach,. March 14. Hen
ry Clay Pierce, millionaire Stand
ard Oil highbinder, is the orig
inal little sulk today.
Henry has locked himself in
his own room. He wont see in
terviewersv He wont talk, even
through the keyhole. He wont
do anything except Sulk..
And all because his young and
hopeful son, Roy Elsworth
Pierce, has "been and gone and
married his. own stepsister.
Perhaps the reason Henry
wont talk today is that he pump
. ed himself dry yesterday, when
Roy broke the news to him.
Henry called a family, council
immediately, and the neighbors
say it was ,somecounciI, from the
sounds that emanated from the
The council lasted all day, and
when Roy and his blushing bride
left for St. Augustine in the
evening, Roy admitted that "the
old man was somewhat peeved,
so to speak."
The "old man'5 seems to labor
under the delusion that his. pro
prietary rights have been infring
ed on by his Hopeful son.' Roy's
bride is the daughter of Mrs.
Virginia Prickett Burr ows ;
' Pierce, whom thev"6Id man" absent-mindedly
married in 'London
Therefore, the "old man" had
come -to look upon the younger
Virginia as his own- daughter
and objects to hte son marrying
her that way. .
Also, the marriage makes an
intricate family problem in the
matter of relationships;
For instance, the "old man"
hqw becomes his own son's father-in-law,
and the "old man's"
wife becomes" the -mother-in-law
of her own stepson.
The bride hecomes the daughter-in-law
of her step-papa, and
the step-daighter-in-law of her
own mother. Also she becomes
her own step-sis-ter-jn-law, so
they tell us, and if there is an
other, generation of Pierces, the
children will be the , "but let's
stop this, before something drops.
This isn't the first marital ad
venture of young Pierce. Two
years ago, he married Mrs. Eliz
abeth Faulkner Chapman, better
known as Betty Chapman, a fa
mous show girl and the divorced
wife1 of a Boston banker.
The "old man" grew peeved
about this marriage, too. He did
not seem to think that a divorced
wife .and a show' girl was good
enough for theison of a Standard
Being naturally of a sweet, for-
giving temperament, the "old -man"
hired detectives to hound
Betty, and started annulment
proceedings, using his bankroll
with some freedom and careless
ness. He finally got the kibosh' put
on the marriage, quite recently.
They say heJjad to pay the Lady
Betty a, cool $100,000 to keep
quiet about it, too.
And then this thing comes off,
and today the "old man" isn't