I i-est woman in the world."
She Rooked more than happy.
AShe looked the conventional wife
''and mother.' Every once and so
often, during the interview, her
"eyes would stray from those of
- her questioner to her two sons,
ond would light up with the pride
"f the mother.
' "We have lived together five
ears of the deepest, truest Jiap
Jpiness that could be known in this
qworld," she said.
"I love Jere. Jere loves me.
Our love is of the sort that ends
'Only in the grave, and perhaps
who can say not then.
' "I feel that in this exceptional
ase we have proved that we did
i lght when we went away togeth
er I am sure we did.
"Yet I would be the first to
prevent any other young girl
-?from doing as I have done.
k "Marriage, even the ceremonial
of marriage that can be so empty
and meaningless at times, is a
great safeguard to society. It
oanot be done without.
ci "Why, I do not belief that
Jthcre is" one man in a million that
bv.auld have clung to me as my
-C "For other women there is need
of the advantages the law confers
-ott a. married woman. The man
f&houid support her, should cher
jish her. But he does not in the
igreat majority of cases if she
goes with him without the cere
monial of marriage,
b "The majority of men to whom
lawoman thus gives herself, seem
'liO despise her. v
"So all the safeguards-conven-f'j
tion can provide are needed for
the average woman.
"And there are thex children.
. . . . the poor, helpless, little
children. For them, surely the
safeguards of society are abso
There was a brea kin Floretta
"Whaley's voice here, a half sob
in her throat, and the eyes she
turned upon her sons, born, of the
union wtih Jere ook, were
She was silent for a moment,
and then she held up her left
hand. Ir bore the plain band of
a wedding ring on the third fin
ger. "My husband put it on my fin
ger when we went away," she
said, "t did not ask for it. But
when he gave it to me, I felt the
greatest delight . . . and love.
"The spirit of that gift of a
wedding ring is the spirit that
has been about our whole- life to
gether. "I only long 'for the day when
he will be free and ahle to put the
rifig there in the ceremony of the
Mrs. Jere Cooke, the deserted
wife of the pastor, is the one who
stands in the way of the accom
plishment of this. She hassworn
she never will permit her husband
to get a divorce to marry Flor
etta Whaley, the "unmarried
Floretta Whaley Cold of the
struggles and suffering she had
gone through with Cooke.
"It was very hard for some
time," she said. "There seemed
to be no Worfc-my husband could
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