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"Gonn was in love with me. ,AZ
'sorts of men were always in love vith
me. It was my eyes that did it.
was 'damned with a pair of pretty
eyes, and now see the mess they have
got me into."
From Mrs. Clarkson's story, one
gathers that she just ran away with
Conn because he happened to be
handy one night when hr husband
was acting slightly rambunctiously.
"It happenedlast Christmas eve,"
she explained. "I met Owen (Conn)
on the street, and stopped to talk.
with him. I wanted to find out how
he was getting along, and whether
he really had reformed after being.
released from jail.
"While I was talking to Owenmyi
husband rushed up. He was excited
and drew a revolver, ' and ordered
Conn to go away.
"I told my husband not to act fool
ish and told Owen not to run away.
Owen was frightened because of the
revolver and did run away.
"Then I got mad and told my hus
band I was through. I always did
have a terrible temper. I inherit it
from my mother. She was a Ken
tuckian. "Well, after telling my husband I
was going to leave" him, he and I
raced each other home for possession
of our youngest baby, Lois.
"I got there first and got the baby,
andent away with Owen. A few
jweeks later I became ashamed of
running away with Owen. I told him;
I was going to leave ,him. He drew
-a revolver and said he swould kill
me if I did. But I didn't care, and I
left him anyway.
"It .was-all because of my beautiful
eyes. When I was just 18 and that's
a long' time ago, because I'm- thirty
one now my eyes were always get
ting me into trouble.
"I .used to do missionary work in
the slums in those days. And men
always' were falling .in love with me
because of my eyes. There seems to
be something about my eyes that,
makes men flirt with me. " .
"It -7aG 'through my work in the
slums that I met Mr. Clarkson. He
used to preach on streetscorners. He
fell in love with my eyes, and I mar
ried him against the wishes, of my
parents. They didn't like the idea of
my marrying a street preacher.
'"After our marriage I uBed to do.
a lot of missionary work" for my hus
band. I am an ordained minister, you
know. And my" eyeskept getting me
in trouble all the time-.
"The beginning of my trouble with
my husband was over another wo
man's eyes, though. -She was an
other missionary worker. I didn't
like the way she acted with my hus
band. I slapped her face, and-then
threw a water pitcher at my husband.
We never got along very well after
"It is a terrible thing for a woman
to be damned with a pair of eyes
such as I have."
Mr. Clarkson's vstory of the run
ning away of his wifeis slightly dif
ferent either from 'her story or
Conn's. He says that when he came
home last Christmas eve he. found
some of Conn's clothes in the. house,
and went on a tour of investigation.
"When I found Conn," exlaine'd
the minister, "He drew a revolver and
threatened me. Then my wife left .
with him. I don't know whether I
shall forgive my wife when she gets
back or not I've been trying to
figure out my duty, but it's a hard
Suestion. Probably I will forgive her
1 she is properly repentant."
Mrs. Clarkson certainly does have
beautiful eyes. They are hazel, and
appear to have a. certain magnetic
quality- that probably being the
tiling that made men want to flirt
with her so much.
She is a little bit of a woman, with
great piles -of bronze-brown hair, a
daring mouth and a high tilted chin.
Also she is very calm and self-con- "
tained, and the chin never loses its
tilt, even in jail.
She isn't exactly beautiful, but she